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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!
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...
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.
We chose to use a ready made tile adhesive for this project and used 55 boxes of 8 tiles from Lowes.
For the raw edges I purchased a pencil tile, this gives it a more finished and refined look.
Here's the before. Just a plain wall with the builder grade backsplash lip which we had to rip off.
I covered the countertops and laid out my tiles beforehand so I could get an even ratio of colors.
It was slow going because of all the many outlets I had to work around. I purchased a cheap tile saw which helped immensely.
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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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 23, 2015

    Wow you have the dreamiest kitchen! Absolutely love that marble backsplash!

  • Woodshop Diaries
    Woodshop Diaries Mayfield, KY
    on Sep 23, 2015

    Love this! We just remodeled our kitchen and it reminds me a lot of yours...grey walls, white cabinets, grey backsplash but ours was stone instead of marble. I kind of like your marble better haha! We also have a big window like yours over our kitchen sink and we didn't take the tile all the way to the ceiling...we just kept it the same height as under the cabinets. Yours looks really good going all the way around the window...now you've got me thinking I may need to do that with mine :) Your kitchen is beautiful!

  • Dana Corby
    Dana Corby Anderson Island, WA
    on Sep 24, 2015

    just... Wow!

  • Mindy Mallette
    Mindy Mallette Willards, MD
    on Sep 24, 2015

    I generally don't go for the modern white everything look, but have to say this is totally stunning. Nice job.

  • Betsy Wilkerson Brundage
    Betsy Wilkerson Brundage Portland, OR
    on Sep 24, 2015

    It is just wonderful!

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