Is This Backsplash Makeover Worth the Effort?

Is This Backsplash Makeover Worth the Effort?

Colleen Quinn
Oct 22, 2010

I have written before about the mismatched colors in my kitchen, and appreciated the great advice I received about ways to work with the pink countertops. As you can see, my cabinets have been painted a dark grey- not quite the shade I wanted but since it was hand mixed by the painters rather than by a computer, it is as close as I am likely to get. After finding Amy's lovely stainless steel backsplash, I went ahead and ordered some boxes of those same tiles in order to update my icky backsplash.

The tiles finally arrived and I was excited to have a weekend project, but now I am not so sure if I love the look. I mean, I definitely hate the existing beige/tan tiles- no amount of scrubbing seems to get them clean, and they are terrible with the pink countertops. That said, I really wanted the stainless tiles to be a "wow" and right now I am feeling a little underwhelmed. The tiles are not attached in these photos- they are basically taped up so I could see them as a group and also test out the best layout.

The pictures show the afternoon light in the kitchen, and the last one with the flash is the most accurate in terms of the color of the countertops and existing tiles. Sticking up all these tiles throughout the kitchen will take a lot of work, and right now I am just not entirely certain that the final effect will be worth the effort. On the other hand, if I don't go with these tiles, I'm not sure what to do to cover up the existing backsplash.

My husband is basically neutral about the project, so I am looking for a few more opinions. What do you think about these stainless steel tiles? Should I go ahead with my original plan or is it time to rethink? Please share your thoughts/suggestions in the comments below.

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