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Ta Da — the elusive backsplash

At long last I’m posting some before and after photos of our kitchen. Not all of these photos are mine and the first one, in particular, is particularly poor quality. But this first one is the best to show how dark the kitchen was and what an awful colour the ceiling and walls were painted before we made some changes. In this photo the under-counter lighting is all on so it disguises how dark it actually is below.
kitchen before

And this is another photo that is not mine (below). The colours are WAY off — I think whoever took this photo (I located it online but there was no credit given for the photographer) made some major adjustments in post processing in an effort to have the room appear much brighter than in reality. The cabinets and flooring are a dead giveaway because the wood is actually a very deep, dark brown much like genuine dark chocolate or dark roasted espresso beans. So the photo below is drastically desaturated and brightened. Even the colour of the walls appears to be off-white although the walls, ceiling and where-the-backsplash-would-go were actually all a much darker and drab yellow/beige.

Pintail kitchen before


And this photo was taken the day the painters were starting to paint the ceiling and walls in the kitchen. The ceilings became white instead of dull yellow (yes, the ceilings in every room were all a dull yellow/beige). You can also see there was no backsplash, just painted drywall (same colour as the ceiling).
kitchen cabinets before

Then we had the kitchen cabinets removed and professionally painted by a kitchen cabinet company to this light off-white colour called Frappe (Benjamin Moore AF-85). What a HUGE difference this made to our very small and once-very-dark kitchen. Next up you will also see Kevin, our tiler, installing the tile I finally settled on.

backsplash being applied
And here it is, all finished. I love it. It’s unique, it’s nice and light, easy to clean, and has just enough sparkle so it doesn’t seem dull or drab. This photo is taken without any of the under-counter lights turned on — what a difference, even without lighting on. Also, this was taken before the cabinet company came back to re-install the under cabinet valance which would discreetly hide those light fixtures you see under the cabinets. Even the cabinet guy was amazed what a huge difference it made in our kitchen with the cabinets being changed to this colour. Now the dark hardwood floors look rich and beautiful instead of part of the dark hole that it once appeared to be. It even seems larger to work in the kitchen although the only changes were colour — and adding a backsplash.


And here is one more photo showing how nice that backsplash works as a backdrop for some of my baking.

apple pie at www.dianeschuller.com


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dinahmow - October 4, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Yes, it does look lovely and light, Diane. I’m always amazed that people do not “get” colour!
We have(not our choice!) dark cabinets and dark floor stain.Mercifully, the ceilings are all white and the wall colour throughout is a soft primrose-y yellow. (Except the bathrooms, which are blue/grey and aqua/royal blue.Go figure!)
As for the splashback…you can see a little of it herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/18554857@N03/8022349947/in/set-72157631618055245
I’m quite impressed by the pie, too.:-)

lisa - October 4, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Wow Diane!!
I love the backsplash you chose.
Oh, and I’ll just bet I’d love some of that pie too!!!
Lookin’ so yummy!

You have a wonderful weekend!!

Sherry at Still and All - October 4, 2013 - 7:22 pm

OMG, how gorgeous is that kitchen? Absolutely perfect choices in cabinetry colour and the backsplash is a pearlescent dream. What a superb backdrop for your yummy food creations! So glad you shared the “after” with us. I can just imagine how enjoyable it must be to cook and hang out there. Great work!

Sherry Smyth - October 5, 2013 - 11:25 am

The backsplash makes a huge difference to the room — an excellent choice for bringing in life and light. Once you hit the right note in decorating/remodeling there is such a sense of happiness and joy and you wonder how you lived with it any other way. And I too will have a slice of that pie, thank you very much! xo

Andrea - October 5, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Nice! I love the tile with the stove. Let’s see the rest if the kitchen now…? ๐Ÿ™‚ (BTW I’m in Tofino right now!)

Susan - October 5, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Oh I just love your kitchen and that backsplash really catches the light so perfectly! As if your cooking didn’t already look amazing…

Kelly @ JAX does design - October 7, 2013 - 6:26 am

Beautiful! The dark kitchen cabinet colour in the “before” pictures is actually quite nice, but I can imagine how dark the space must have felt with dark cabinets, dark floor, and that beigey colour on the walls & ceiling. The backsplash is beautiful – the tiles are mother of pearl, yes? We have similar backsplash tiles in our kitchen, but they’re brown mother of pearl. I love how they glow when the sun shines off of them ๐Ÿ™‚

I bet you’re going to love cooking & baking a whole lot more now in your “new” kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

Candace - October 13, 2013 - 1:40 am

Oh, so beautiful, Diane. I have to say, though, your “before looks way better than my “current.” We need a remodel badly.