Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Whats on Your Wall Wednesday

When Barb over at Grits & Glamour brought back Whats On Your Wall Wednesday I was very excited. Until about an hour ago when I started looking around my house and then looking through my USB Card and realized I didn't have much to share this week. (hint hint Barb when are you coming to help me hang all the art work?) Then I read Barb's blog again and she mentioned "tile". Oh good a light bulb moment! I have tiles. Lots of subway tiles in my kitchen! Let me share with you what I have on my kitchen walls! Here is an "after" picture of how it is now. The one feature of my kitchen that I did love were the soft butter colored subway tiles the builder had put in the kitchen. We bought this home in four days and did not get to make any choices in its construction as it was a finished spec home from a custom builder. I digress; the subway tiles, these I liked! As you will see in the before picture below though the area over the cook top was a large expanse of those subway tiles. A little too large with no detail for my tastes!
One day I was browsing a local store and saw the lovely large green tile. Surprise it isn't a tile but a stamped tin! Nice and light weight. The wheels were turning! Light enough I thought that I could hang it up using 3M Command hooks and not have to drill into the tiles. After all a girl can change her mind and this one does quite frequently and holes in tile would be a mess! Once I had the tin up, there was no going back! I loved how it totally transformed the area! Everyone thinks it is a custom back splash but only I (and y'all) know better!

These pictures were taken the day I first looked at the house. DH was driving across the country with the 3 kiddos. He booted me out in Phoenix and told me to fly ahead and find us a house so we could get the kids enrolled in school. We had another home in the works and the sellers pulled out. It was a very stressful time! The guy at the sink is Patrick. He was the one of the finish carpenters for our builder and one of the nicest peoples I have met since our move to NC. I stood in the kitchen while he put all the hardware on the cabinets and talked to him for almost two hours. He has lived here all his life and was full of wonderful information. I had already been here for 3 days alone and it was nice to have a kind person to converse with! His wife and him have 4 kids so he knew all about the schools too! What an added bonus!

As you pan around the kitchen you can see I really don't have a ton of wall space in it. The wall space over the pantry was screaming for something though. I found the Cafe sign at one of my favorite haunts "HomeGoods". I had the pear print from my previous home and it fit. I had planned on finding something else for that space but here we are 2 1/2 years later and it is still hanging there. Isn't it funny how that happens?

When we bought the home the entire home save for the dining room was painted Sherwin Williams Ivoire. It is a nice color but really showed as a bit washed out once we started moving all our stuff in. I had the painters come out one night and paint the family room and kitchen Sherwin Williams Blonde. That warmed the space right up.

I also changed out the chandelier and of course as you can see added window treatments in the form of plantation shutters and plaid panels.

I have plans for that eating area still. Those of you who may visit HGTV's decorating board may have even read my discussion about this area and my growing family. No not pregnant. Growing as in my children in the 2 1/2 years since we moved here have decided they needed to physically grown about a foot each! Space around that table is becoming limited. I won't share my plans now but look for them to appear on here sometime in the year. I have a few other ideas up my sleeve for this space too. Hope you enjoyed the quick tour of my kitchen walls. Take a trip over to Grits and Glamour to see other Wall Treats!


  1. Gorgeous Kitchen!!! I thought the green wall section was tile too! It is so beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous kitchen! Nancy

  2. Hey GF! I never knew that "tile" was not a tile, did I? I love it!! Me wants one too! :-(
    Just a gorgous kitchen - what can I say. I know you have lots of ideas working in your head for this space, and I can't wait to see them all. Yes, I am coming soon with hammer and nails. LOL Soooo good to see you blogging again. Hugs, Barb

  3. Beautiful "tile"...fooled me, too! Very clever solution! I, too, love that butter colored subway tile...very nice!
    Your home looks beautiful!

  4. You have a beautiful kitchen! You tricked me with the green "tile" too.

    I LOVE Homegoods too! Woo hoo!

  5. Beauuutiful kitchen! I love the idea with the green tin squares. I, too, have an ivory tiled backsplash. Neutral, but too bland! Great job, and thanks for sharing.

  6. Your kitchen is very pretty. What a great idea to put the tin back behind the stove top! I love that splash of color there. Your whole kitchen is great. I especially love the shutters and panels.

  7. What a beautiful kitchen, I love the little changes you made. It made it better and put your touch in there also. I love the tin piece you put on the tiles, it doesn't look like its tin at all. Debbie

  8. Hi KD...

    Ohhh my...what a fabulous kitchen you have!!! I really love everything about it...beautiful cabinetry! My friend, I just love the idea of the pretty green decorative tins...that fit right over the tile! That's perfect! I totally agree with you...love the soft buttery yellow tile but adding the green tin design just dressed it up so much!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen and the great idea of the decorative tins!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  9. Your kitchen is very elegant! We are in the beginning stages of transforming our kitchen. We have lived here 8 years this August and what I liked then has changed. Love your green tin tile, my daughter purchased 3 of those for her bedroom and we hung them as a headboard for her bed. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  10. LOVE your kitchen!! Great idea with the 'tile'!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Take care,

  11. What a beautiful kitchen. I hope to tile mine this summer and loved how your tile looked.

    Roberta Anne, the Raggedy Girl

  12. Beautiful kitchen. I love your touches. It appears your cabinets are kind of similar to mine. In the way they are different heights and depths. I love you green tile you hung. It really breaks things up. Your shutterers are awesome.

  13. What a great idea to put up that tile. Your kitchen is lovely.

  14. I love the tin tile. It looks fabulous where it is. Love all the updates you have done. Kitchen looks great!

  15. Your kitchen is gorgeous!
    Love it all! ;)

  16. You have a beautiful kitchen! Love the subway tile, and the detail "tile" was a great idea. It really does look like custom tile work. Kathy

  17. That "tile" is amazing! What a fabulous idea. Your kitchen looks so pretty. laurie

  18. Well, I'll sound like a copy cat, but I definitely agree you have a very gorgeous kitchen! I have a strong feeling you and your family are in there alot. It is a warm and inviting room just made for family fun with a few friends thrown in from time to time!

    Yes, you had me with the green tile also! How pretty!

  19. Your backsplash is so awesome. I love the color.


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