A DIY love affair: Our white subway tile backsplash

When you don’t have a backsplash, your kitchen walls get splashed with spaghetti sauce and the paint gets shiny where the kettle steams it up.

When you don’t have a backsplash, little flecks of grease mark up the wall above your stove and you’re constantly scrubbing at bits of dried icing near the stand mixer.

When you don’t have a backsplash, you dream of crisp white subway tiles glistening in the morning sun.

And so, after more than four years of wanting a backsplash but being nervous that it was too much for us to handle ourselves, we decided to just do it. We bought three boxes of glossy white subway tiles and a bag of pewter-coloured grout for a beautiful contrast (I actually recoiled when the salesperson assumed we wanted white grout).

But then, of course, we had to wait until we had a kid-free day and a rented wet saw. So I lovingly stroked the tiles … and waited.

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

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So what do you think?

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