I thought it would be fun to do a little “Throwback Thursday” because there were many projects completed in our home before Southern State of Mind came to be. Today it’s all about a simple update we made that completely transformed the look of the kitchen- replacing the existing backsplash with a bright subway tile.
You have all seen the kitchen in it’s current state:
But, yes-sir-ree there was a before my friends. When we moved in, the original backsplash was a terra-cotta travertine style. Definitely nothing offensive, but SO not my style. Here are some before shots for your reference:
Doesn’t it feel so TINY in this little kitchen? It is definitely not a large space, but this dark backsplash just sucked the life out of it! (oh and those plantation shutters that swiftly got the boot as well)
Just by simply adding the subway tile, you can see the difference it made it making it feel more modern and clean- AND SO MUCH BIGGER AND BRIGHTER. Oh, and the no- sew valance and new rug help too!
I love the way the accessories pop against the white, and even the dark granite doesn’t really bother me anymore.
Here you can see a close up from last Thanksgiving. The white looks so great with all of the blue in the cabinets.
This space is BY FAR the hub of the house. Since this is a 1950’s ranch house, I think making little changes like this subway tile backsplash update to make it feel more open really goes a long way. There are still a few things I’d love to do in here like adding a pendant light above the sink and bar counter, but I am very happy with the way this little update made such a big impact. Have you made any simple changes to your kitchen? I’d love to hear!
We found our tile at the local Floor & Decor store here in Atlanta, but I was able to find the same type of tile online here.