This Carrara marble tile backsplash has made such a difference in how updated the kitchen looks and I couldn’t be happier! With the new countertops in place the backsplash was the finishing touch and it pulls the entire kitchen together. The subtle grey veining of the quartz is picked up in the marble and I think that it’s the best of both worlds. Let me tell you why and explain a bit about the process. I hope that it helps if you’re thinking about a kitchen update of your own in the future!
Below is a before shot and while the countertops were outdated the rest of the kitchen was not. Truth be told I was fond of the sea glass tiles on the backsplash, but with the depth of the new counters it had to be removed. In construction that’s just how it goes, or I may have kept the green glass. One thing leads to another is so true! But this…white honed Carrara marble is beautiful and I’m so happy for the update! Disclosure: I worked in partnership with Bedrosians Tile on this post – all opinions are honest and my own.
Since we already had the new countertops in place before the backsplash was installed, I was a bit nervous about damage. Our subcontractor and his crew were very careful and covered all of the counters with butcher paper. The backsplash removal was fast and only took a couple of hours of chipping with hand tools. The next process was to float cement to flatten out the walls. The cement dried overnight and they came back the next day to install the tile. The entire process start to finish took them three days.
About Carrara Marble
Carrara marble tile backsplash is perfect for today’s modern kitchen. It’s a natural stone and needs to be sealed yearly. The use of marble on countertops is not for everyone. Marble is porous and over time it will etch and stain. Using marble on a backsplash however is less problematic and easy to clean.
Selection – carrara marble tile backsplash
The marble that I selected from Bedrosians is White Carrara Honed Marble in a 3 x 6 size. It’s similar to subway tile in size but a completely different look. I love the veining and the natural spotting that you find in marble and each tile is different. Honed marble has a flat finish or you can opt for polished marble. Marble looks darker when it’s first installed because of the tile mastic. It does lighten up after a couple of days and you should wait to seal it for about 3 to 4 weeks to allow it to fully dry. Then you’re good to go for a year and if you keep up with sealing yearly then you should have no issues. Quartz is not porous and so our countertops needed no drying time and no sealing. The best marriage in my opinion of surfaces with the carrara marble tile backsplash and quartz right here!
I truly love marble and would have liked it on the counters. I didn’t want the constant worry about staining and etching. In design and general homemaking I go for practicality and functionality first. On the walls issues are not likely to happen, unless “someone” around here is really sloppy…ahem;-)
The area above is sort of a butler’s pantry, with dish and glass storage on top and pull out pantry below. This house doesn’t have a formal dining room, and it’s important with the open flow for all surfaces to coordinate. Not to match, but colors and style flow nicely and the carrara marble tile backsplash in grey gives a classic elegant appeal. My next project is to paint the built-ins in the family room that you see on the other side of the breakfast bar. I’ll share that soon and the unique treatment on the back panel of it that I hope will remain!
With the angle of the shot above you can see that we installed under-counter lights. The lights are LED and light up the tile beautifully at night. The fixtures aren’t noticeable in themselves when walking around, I had the tripod set down low for this shot.
Other possible updates to this kitchen? Perhaps in time we will replace the appliances, upper cabinet doors and maybe the hardware. I’m still on the fence about hardware updates because I like these pulls and don’t want to go all trendy. Also I’m debating whether we need some pendants over the island. We have plenty of recessed lighting and tons of natural daylight, so I’m not sure. What are your thoughts? Do you think that every kitchen island needs pendant lights simply for decorative value if nothing else?
A bit hard to see, but we wrapped the pass-through window below with the Carrara marble tile. Prior to this it was just the walls and I thought it would make a nice touch to have the marble go all the way up. The window passes through to the pool, patio area for serving when necessary and we extended the sill to hold essentials.
So there you have it! I just wanted to point out that I thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Bedrosians and it couldn’t have gone any smoother. They have locations all over the country and you can find out the closest one to you right HERE. I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have!
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