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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Here's the before. Just a plain wall with the builder grade backsplash lip which we had to rip off.


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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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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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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Ta da!

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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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  • Jessica
    on Jan 23, 2019

    Beautiful.Can u give me some ideas for redoing a laminate counter top?


    • Veronica
      on Feb 17, 2019

      laminate countertops have kits made specifically for them. Look around online or Lowe’s and Home Depot, besides paint stores.

  • Trisha
    on Feb 17, 2019

    How did you RIP off the backsplash? was it a one piece counter top or was the backsplash a separate piece glued on to the counter?

  • Anne george
    on Mar 23, 2019

    What was the approximate cost for all materials? Thank you.

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  • Lancegs
    2 days ago

    Beautifully done. I have been wanting to do a tile back splash. Thank you for the honest work assessment, material links and instructions.

  • Fls7472038
    31 minutes ago

    Looks professional, I am gonna try it,

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