Back Splash Replaced

Kitchen Remodeling

Replacing the Backsplash


The cabinets in this Twin Creeks home in Allen were high end. They out-classed the back splash: the back splash was rather tract. It was double ordinary, actually, because this back splash was twice the square footage of a “typical” back splash.  The homeowner called because she was ready to take things up a notch and give the back splash a more custom look.

Original Tile


Original Tile











Back splash material selection

A question arose about whether the back splash should be the place to incorporate more color in this kitchen.  The conclusion was that we would look for a natural stone product closer to the color of both the existing back splash and the floor tile rather than introducing one more competing element. When in doubt, default to neutrals on relatively-expensive-to-change-surfaces!

The matte finish of tumbled marble sounded like a nice change from the previous glossy porcelein tile. The homeowner considered several natural stone sample boards but the “Chicago” mosaic pattern from Prosource Allen won her heart!



















During Decorating on a Shoe String’s remodel, the back splash began to look more tone-on-tone (and less checkerboard) when the grout was applied. We used a self-sealing grout, Prism, by Custom Building Material.


13 switch plates were replaced with “tumbled stone look” plates to minimize their contrast with the natural stone.


Original Tile










Wowee!  We were so pleased with our choices!




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