The Kitchen Reveal....Take Two

4.10.2017

Yes, I'm calling this the kitchen reveal take two since I already revealed the transformation in here the first time when it was decorated for Christmas and then I shared more detailed before and afters in January, but I wasn't in love with my kitchen and I should have been. I knew something was throwing the look off for me and I realized what it was.....the backsplash. I was afraid to mention wanting the backsplash changed to Mr. Savvy, but after I did he was on board. He's a good man.



After he realized he could tile over the old tile, which was a lot less work, he had no problem with this makeover. He LOVES the new look and so do I!





The new tiles are lighter and brighter and not busy like the mosaic tiles were.

When it was time to put the kitchen back together I put away the silver pieces I was using and switched to ironstone like this pitcher holding my utensils.

And an ironstone platter replaces the silver tray.



I picked up these hyacinths at Trader Joe's and tucked them in this wooden tray.







Of course I had to have these pretty ranunuculus'. They're perfect in the enamelware pitcher.


After the addition of the antique French hutch in the dining room, the perfect French chairs in the breakfast room, and the new tile backsplash Mr. Savvy asked me if we were French yet?
He's so funny....so he thinks.

Two days later the hyacinths looked like this as the sun sets and shines in the kitchen and they smell so good.

Info:
We used natural stone tiles that were 49 cents each and a warm gray grout. We had to purchase a tile cutter and the total cost of this job was under $300.



67 comments:

  1. I always loved your backsplash before but will admit this gives you a fresh and brighter background to work with. It's perfect. :)

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  2. You two are amazing. The kitchen looks even better. Gorgeous. Love the vertical line of copper molds. Might be copying that. It's also nice for me to see a white kitchen with white appliances. 13 years ago I chose white appliances because I thought stainless was a fad. If I have the kitchen painted white I am not going to get rid of working appliances. I just can't see myself doing that. Wasteful. :( And now I know it will be just fine!

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  3. It looks wonderful Kim. I love the new backsplash. When we move into our new home we are doing our own backsplash again. We have two different ideas and want time to check them out without the rush of the builders time line.

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    1. Thanks Penny and that's a great idea to wait and choose what you really want.

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  4. Looks fantastic...love how the new tile coordinates with the existing granite too!....Mr. Savvy did a great job as always and he is indeed a funny guy...yes, Mr. Savvy, I think you can start wearing that French Beret in the house now!

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    1. Ha ha! Guess I better go get him a beret.

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  5. Love it Kim! The other tile was pretty, but this one goes much better with the overall new look of your kitchen. Those pendant lights are gorgeous. Mr. Savvy better get used to those little tweaks, they never end! :D

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    1. Thanks, Cristina. I think he is already pretty well used to the tweaks around here. :)

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  6. Beautiful! Love that your kitchen is warm...not a bright white. The backsplash is perfect!

    What is the name of your granite?

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    1. Thanks and the granite is Giallo Ornamental.

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  7. Looks beautiful Kim! How did you guys accommodate for the one open ended edge and the double tile? The color is fabulous. I hope to work some more on our kitchen this upcoming weekend. Had to take some time off because the tile job did a number on my hands. Sadly I am not ablate complete projects as quickly any more.

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  8. Just when I think I couldn't luv it anymore, something changes and I am in luv all over again.
    Luv the rustic texture of the new tile. We are still going round and round between wooden counter tops or concrete. I want wood!! ☺ The last thing to do in the kitchen.

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  9. Hello, could you provide the brand/source of the tiles and also the color/brand of paint on the lower cabinets?

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    1. The tiles are from Floor & Decor and I don't have the specifics. We already took the box of leftovers back. They are a natural tile and 49 cents each. They were on display in the design tiles area and should be easy to find if your store carries them. They sell on line, too, but I have not looked there. The bottom cabinets are painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Gray.

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  10. Kim, I love the new backsplash and I have to admit it does make a difference even though I liked your old one. Your hubby's question is too funny...he must be a good sport! Changing out from silver to white looks so fresh and springy,..I can smell the hyacinths!

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    1. Yes, he is a good sport and he really does love the change.

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  11. I really like the new tiles, they look so good with your granite! I noticed that right away! Your kitchen looks so clean and crisp and full of Spring smells!!! I have some hyacinths in the kitchen too and the smell is heavenly!

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    1. Thanks, Pinky. I didn't realize that hyacinths were so fragrant.

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  12. of course you are french Mr.Savvy! ha...looks so good Kim.

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  13. Aimer votre nouveau arrelage choix. ll semble tres beau avec votre comptoir. C'est tres francais ispire.
    Since you are now French, you can read my comment in French. Ha!

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  14. I have to say, I thought the basketweave tile had a nicer contrast to the white above it and its uniqueness was a bonus.everywhere you look: subway tile.

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    1. Yes, that is why I didn't choose regular subway tile. This is travertine with irregular edges and an old world look.

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  15. Just gorgeous. I love everything about it, from the big picture to the small details.

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  16. I have the small 4x4 tiles presently I'm wondering if I could use the subway tile over them??? I'm about ready for the counter top to be installed would sure love to update that as well... would appreciate any help you might send my way. I adore what you've done, it is such a timeless look. Lynne

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  17. Fabulous Kim!!! The entire room just looks so fresh. I have to ask you about those counter stools...they are simply darling. Do they swivel and where in world did you find them? Beautiful kitchen...enjoy!
    XO Barbara

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  18. It is gorgeous, love the tiles. Your kitchen always looks so wonderfully bright and sunny and so welcoming.

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  19. I love the old while subway tiles, but I have to say, yours are a step above! Really love the softness and texture.

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  20. I love it all! Our tastes are so similar...my backsplash possibly the same, countertop almost a match, and your flooring. My cabinets are an off white with warm glaze. Love your home.

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  21. I love the new tiles!!! What a difference they made! I thought the old ones looked good but now I understand what you saw. I love the light look. That is what I am trying to do with my house, lighten and brighten. I am trying to decide between travertine and marble for my bathroom. Yours looks like travertine, it looks great!

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  22. Love following your blog! You have such great taste! Can you please tell me about the bowl/dish that the hyacinths are sitting in? I have one very similar and can't find out anything about it! It was a Goodwill find. Would so appreciate anything you can tell me!
    Bobbie

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    1. Bobbie, thanks so much and I really don't remember where I bought that bowl. I know it isn't old, but a reproduction.

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  23. Love the backsplash. You can't go wrong with subway tiles. I just did the same thing to a very outdated kitchen so I know you're going to enjoy it. Tell Mr. Savvy that you're as close to French as you can get. Its beautiful and you're lucky that you and your husband are so talented! Great job.

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  24. She who cooks must love the whole kitchen, it's a rule! And for .49* a tile, that is really easy to love.

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  25. Does Mr. Savvy have a single brother with the same skill set? If so, send him to Florida, please! I love the backsplash and of course, the entire kitchen.

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    1. Ha ha, no, I'm afraid he is the youngest and his older brother is married.
      Thanks!

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  26. I love the new tiles, Mr Savvy is a smart man for tiling over the old ones. Your kitchen is beautiful!

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  27. I have stayed with you through the kitchen Reno. Absolutely love the base cabinets and the counter tops that are just my style too. The back splash does lighten things up and does not compete with the counter top. You did a great job and I enjoy following you to see your great ideas.

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  28. Beautiful Kim. It's so clean and elegant. The backsplash really makes a big difference. Enjoy your lovely room.

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  29. Oh My Goodness! LOVE the transformation! The tiles...on my dream list; the butcher block-with the cutest chunky legs; the lighting, the bar stools, the countertop....simply sublime. I know you'll enjoy spending time here!
    Kathy

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  30. So pretty! Love the backsplash and the white ironstone touches - the kitchen looks so open and bright! Just curious, did you find a new place for the marmalade jars? Also, where did you find the perfectly-sized white French drying rack for your coffee cups? I love it!

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    1. Yes, the marmalade jars are in other spots and the rack is old from World Market.

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  31. LOVE the new look, Kim! I have a tumbled marble backsplash, and you've got me wondering whether it can be tiled over. I'd love to update it. I just came from reading a post at your sister's blog about her kitchen. I think you two have the prettiest kitchens in all of Georgia!

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  32. I agree the new backsplash has a more cohesive look. Mr. Savvy did an amazing job! I Have always loved your kitchen but this new look is gorgeous too! What is your wall color? Love that you paint the losers a darker color on some of your cabibets. Love the build out with the crown molding on the uppers too!

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    1. Sandy, it's French Canvas by Benjamin Moore. All my colors are listed on my sidebar. Thanks

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  33. Kim, it's just perfect!! The icing on the cake of a beautiful kitchen renovation... :-) Enjoy it!!

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  34. I love your new backsplash! It brightens up the whole space. Now you have a fresh background that sets off your area.

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  35. I loved each picture of your kitchen in this post. The new backsplash makes a great neutral background. And flowers in a kitchen always brighten the room.

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  36. Hi Kim... Would you mind sharing where you purchased the hardware for your cabinets?

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    1. They are from topknobs.com and part of the Normandy collection.

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  37. Beautiful! Where did you find the French bread boards?

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    1. I have found them over the years at flea markets, fairs, and antique malls.

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  38. Love it! We have the same granite in our new house, I am trying to decide what colors to do with it. What white are your uppers painted?

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    1. I think it is snowfall white by Benjamin Moore. Thanks

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  39. Would you please share the name of the Travertine tile that you used. I love it! Thanks!

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    1. I don't know the name of it. We purchased the tiles at Floor and Decor. They are a tumbled marble subway tile.

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  40. Okay, thank you! I will see if I can find it. I have been looking for months for a kitchen backsplash that I like and I LOVE yours!

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