DIY Marble Backsplash in the Kitchen


I know all the cool kids are doing the white subway tile, which I actually love also. But my kitchen has white cabinets and white countertops, so a little contrast was in order. I've always loved the look of marble on a backsplash, the elegance that it gives a room. So we went with a marble subway tile backsplash. It was a ton of hard work, but the end result was worth it!
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Tiling is not as scary as I thought it would be, this was my first time ever tiling. It was extremely messy and time consuming and exhausting though! So many cuts...
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We moved the oven out of the way (after turning off all the power) and I nailed a 1x2 board in its place to act as a guide for the tile.
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We chose to use a ready made tile adhesive for this project and used 55 boxes of 8 tiles from Lowes.
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For the raw edges I purchased a pencil tile, this gives it a more finished and refined look.
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Here's the before. Just a plain wall with the builder grade backsplash lip which we had to rip off.
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I covered the countertops and laid out my tiles beforehand so I could get an even ratio of colors.
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It was slow going because of all the many outlets I had to work around. I purchased a cheap tile saw which helped immensely.
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Although it was one of the most exhausting projects I've ever done, it was so worth it! Check out my blog post for all the details.
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  • M
    on Mar 5, 2017

    you did an amazingly beautiful job. i think i would have used the birdcage pendant lights! where did you get that adorable fox cookie jar?

  • Susie Scuri
    on Jul 2, 2017

    How high are your ceilings and could you please share what lights you have? I am looking for this exact lantern style with the filament bulb. Thank you.

    • Honeybear Lane
      on Oct 17, 2017

      We have 9' ceilings in the kitchen. The pendants are from Lowes...I'm not sure if they carry them anymore though.

  • Doreen Purchia
    on Oct 13, 2017

    Great job. Did i miss the cost?

    • Honeybear Lane
      on Oct 17, 2017

      The tile and supplies cost about $700. The tile was marble though, so it's a more expensive tile than ceramic subway tile. Still, I saved a lot of money!

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