Granite Counter and Backsplash Tiles! We’re On Our Way To An Updated Kitchen

As you may recall, Hubby and I are in the process of re-doing our kitchen this year. We want to lighten up the space…and update our appliances…you know, that sort of thing. And what better time to go shopping for granite and backsplash tiles than when a hurricane is about to hit! Yep, hardly anyone was in the stores and so we got great attention and good deals. So good, in fact, that we went ahead and purchased our granite. Yay! This is our first major home re-do, so we’re (well, I am) a little nervous about it.

I definitely am not following the process here. Shouldn’t one have a contractor first before buying granite?? Yeah, I haven’t quite secured one yet. (If anyone in the DC area has suggestions of a great tile person, cabinetmaker, electrician, and painter, PLEASE EMAIL ME).

Well, I just loved the people at M&T Granite (a resource to those of you in the DC area). We received such great customer service from Koray (granite/marble expert) and Kathy (designer/artist). I know this must be crazy, but I’m a fairly intuitive person and can tell someone’s shooting the sit and or if they’re genuinely interested in helping you…and Koray and Kathy were the latter. Yes, of course, they wanna sell ya something. But I wanted to buy something, so perfect combo. I didn’t know the first thing about granite. But I liked it, so I got it.

Kathy certainly doesn’t run around in circles trying to sell you something. As a designer, she’s too the point about what granite/marble options would work well for what you’re looking for. And Koray, well, he’s just a sweet businessman. So far so good. I certainly hope they do a good job with the installation and the rest of the job. Koray and Kathy, please don’t disappoint!

At first, since I am thinking of painting our cabinets grey, I thought about getting the Kashmir White granite. See below.

Kashmir White

It is definitely greyer than the picture here depicts, with speckles of reddish-brown. It was about $30-something per square feet, which was very reasonable for budget. But then, Kathy, with her designer eye suggested the Ivory Fantasy granite as an alternative. We had just been to Mosaic Tileand selected a few options to work with (see below). And as you’ll see, they have a bit more of a golden pop to them. So, we decided on the Ivory Fantasy.

Ivory Fantasy

Ta da! It’s not as beige as it seems on this pic. It actually has beautiful silver speckles throughout, and the movement on the granite was just beautiful. Movement, according to my expert designer/realtor friend Sarah Schifano, is important to look for when selecting granite. The more movement (or the variation in color and striation within the same slab) on the granite, the higher the quality. For just a little more bump in the price (around $40-something per square feet) we got our movement with the Ivory Fantasy.

So now, onto our backsplash tile dilemma. Since we’ve now made our purchase, we found three potential tile options. We weren’t so impressed with our person at Mosaic Tile, so we didn’t buy. I mean — who chews gum with an open mouth and answers the phone and leaves you to help another customer who JUST walked in — while she’s supposed to be helping you?? We really liked the selection at the tile store, so hopefully we can work with another person in if we decide to go there. But! That said, here are the tile options we selected. I’d LOVE your thoughts on what you think would go well with our new countertops. Keep in mind my “grey” concept…. Take look!

Option A: Bianco

Should we go with Option A?

Option B: Butter Cream Mosaic

Or Option B?

Option C: Gold and Silver Foil

Or Option C?

I know SOMEONE out there is reading this post. I’d love to hear from you. =)

Backsplash Finds

Keepin’ on a lookin’ for kitchen inspirations. Today’s exploration leads us to backsplashes!

From kitchenbacksplashes.blogspot.com


I found this arrangement not only to be colorful, but also unique. I don’t often see a hexagon pattern in homes.

From Country Living


Such simplicity, calmness from these brick layered tiles.

From darsheel.com


As I’m considering grey cabinets, maybe this grid-patterned backsplash can be in the running!

There are so many different types of pattern styles to consider. You can work with one tile or three tiles. Arrange the tiles in multiple ways…ooh, maybe I should consider taking old, broken dishes and making a mosaic?? Stay tuned. For now, here’s a great resource find on tile patterns for those of you also planning a kitchen re-do.