Kitchen Backsplash & Counter Tops

Yes a few of us still have Formica counter tops!


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Now that we’ve installed our new stove and vent hood, time to dress it up! For four years I have look through magazines, Pinterest and every DIY show to get ideas on what to do with our kitchen. Time and time again, when I would see a kitchen with white subway tile I would get excited!

I chose white subway tile because they are so timeless and classy. Another good reason, they are one of the least expensive tiles to buy! I think choosing the white tile gives our kitchen a fresh simple look, which I like.

I was watching a program on HGTV, this person was looking at a home that had Formica counter tops and he said, “I didn’t know that Formica was still around!” Ha-ha! Yes a few of us still have Formica counter tops! Laminate/Formica is a great choice if you are on a budget, which is why we chose Formica.

We purchased our Formica online at Cabinetmaker Warehouse. They have such an awesome selection! We chose Blackstone-Formica Laminate Etching Finish. The white subway tile we purchased at Home Depot.

Dale used BC plywood to make the new counter tops.

Installing subway tiles.

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 Down to the details!

We choose the dark gray grout, good contrast.

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 After the grout cured, we apply two coats of grout sealer.

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The finished look!

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Thank you for visiting!

“The best part of renovating is when you’re done, you get to DRESS it up!”-Elizabeth Phillips

3 comments on “Kitchen Backsplash & Counter Tops”

  1. I love your backsplash. Did you just tile directly over the vinyl on gympsium wall? Also, when you removed those little slats between each panel, did you tape them with drywall tape first or just tile over them. How did you adhere tile to wall? Tile cement?


    1. Hello Sandy! We originally primed and painted the back splash and later we installed the tile. Before we tiled my husband primed the wall and then used a white tile adhesive(TEC Invision Type 1 Mastic). We did not use a cement. I hope this helps and sorry I did not explain in better detail at the time. Thank you so much for your question and sorry for the slow response.


  2. I love your subway tile backsplash. Could you please tell me what material you used to allow the tile to adhere to the vinyl on gympsum panel? Thank you!


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