Kitchen Counters and Backsplash

Our kitchen counters before were Formica with an oak trim. The backsplash was a white square tile with a few decorative tiles above our black range top. Our sink was cream colored and slightly oval. The cabinets show up a little too yellow/green in some of the above photos. The actual colors are more true in the following photos.

First order of business was removing all the old tile. The walls where the tile pulled off more than was desired were repaired and then given a primer coat of paint.

The night before the installers were to arrive with the new quartz counters, Dear pulled off the old counters and hauled them out of the house.

The installers came and made quick work of installing the counters plus our new stove top and stainless sink. After a day of letting the counter adhesive dry, Dear started in on installing the subway tile backsplash. We chose a grey grout and a 1/16th inch spacers  between the tiles. In the end because the subway tiles we chose were slightly beveled the grout looks to be closer to 1/8 inch. We like it.

A double stainless oven could be in our future, wink, wink.

Now here’s a real blast from the past showing this same kitchen in the year 2000! These counters weren’t new when we moved into this old house in 1998 so they got plenty of wear and tear and were ready to go. I never liked how dark the cabinets were and the effect they had on the whole kitchen/eating area and was happy when Dear painted them later and added the white square backsplash instead of blue wallpaper. The old black double oven was replaced with a new black double oven later in the 2000’s. Too bad I didn’t choose a stainless one when we replaced this old one. Sigh…

Here’s Dear and me in 2017 standing right where Dan was standing back in the year 2000 with his choo choo train cake.

I am thankful for our new quartz counter tops and subway backsplash. They brighten up our kitchen even more.

So my promise to show the before and after has now been kept. I’m starting off the New Year right. Hope all is well and you are warm and cozy in your neck of the woods.

21 thoughts on “Kitchen Counters and Backsplash

  1. It looks so great Ellen. We are about to make some changes to our kitchen here too and your experience is so reassuring. I better get busy and start taking some “before” pictures so we can compare like you did. Did you repaint your cupboards and walls as well during this reno?

  2. So many good memories in that kitchen…in all of it’s stages. And, I’m particularly fond of nearly adult Dan having a choo choo cake. haha

  3. It looks so modern and will definitely add value to your house. We chose granite for our counters but I wish we had chosen quartz. Granite can be very busy.

  4. Hello, your kitchen makeover looks beautiful. I like the countertop and cabinets. A double stainless oven would be nice. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  5. Just took some time to catch up on all that I’ve missed!! So glad that you had a lovely Christmas with great family moments. I know that you missed the other branch of the family It is a blessing that you were able to fit in a pre-Christmas visit . . . and that technology allows you to be (kind of) there.

    Your kitchen remodel turned out great! I’m sure you’ll enjoy those updates before you move.

    Happy New Year to all of you! So comforting to know our Father holds the future!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, Ellen! The countertops are beautiful. I know you and your husband will have fun working together in this newly created space. xx

  7. Happy New Year to you and yours Ellen . Very late, but no less heartfelt. Beautiful work! Kitchen remodeling is the hardest and most inconvenient, but has the biggest payback of all! Been through that three times (we are retired home remodelers ;>… if it is possible to retire from a hobby which sometimes seemed like a part-time job.) Although come to think of it, Bill has since helped out our kids now and then on their projects so I guess he’s kept his hand in.

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