I’ve got a couple of examples of a detail that you should watch out for when laying out a kitchen backsplash.
It’s that tendency for tile installers and contractors to go just beyond the upper cabinetry with the backsplash tile, to align the backsplash with the end of the countertop.
This installation was ripped out and the tile was installed properly:
BTW, here’s the completed tile job (another view), after the modifications were made and tile was grouted. That Ann Sacks tile is soooo pretty! :-)
You see, if both upper and lower cabinets line up (which they typically do), then the counter will typically hang over the lower cabinet by 1 ½” for the edge. So, when the installer goes to install the backsplash (especially if this is a flat edge), they will take the tile backsplash all the way over to the end of the counter, which will then cause the tile to go beyond the upper cabinet 1 ½”, just like it did in the photo above.
Below is an image of one of the details we provide in our drawings. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen. I pride myself in creating tidy, neat details; and having the backsplash run just beyond the upper cabinets would not be tidy and neat.
When I walk into a new, freshly remodeled or built kitchen and see this, it makes me cringe:
I sorry if you have this situation in your home!
I really am sorry, but I’m sharing this info so others can see how this just is not pretty.
Okay, it’s not the end of the world, nor would I completely rip it out if I had a marble backsplash (well, I would...with a sledge hammer…but a normal person wouldn’t). But if you’re about to design your tile layout or hire someone to do it, go over this detail with them so they don’t install it like this. :-)
NEED MORE HELP ON KITCHEN BACKSPLASH DESIGN?
Check out this content upgrade on backsplashes, available in my outlet shop.
I've written so many posts about backsplashes, including Designed in a Click reader Q and A example posts, that I can't keep track of what I've written.
I finally took some time to assemble them all here in this downloadable pdf for sale in my outlet. If you need a guide to help you make some decisions on your backsplash design, you should check it out.
Oh, and by the way...
Have you checked out my post on bookshelf styling that I did with a local homeowner for At Home stores?
I posted about it a few weeks ago and only had my tragic iPhone photos to use to take pics. Well my daughter was in town over the long weekend and we went back and photographed those beautiful bookcases. Here are a few close-ups. You can check out the overall photos by clicking HERE.