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White kitchen backsplash remodel

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The day has come, our white kitchen backsplash tile from Walker Zanger (c/o) is complete and we are loving it. During this project, we also added a pot filler above the stove, and a new double basin sink which wasn’t planned, but so glad we did.

I’ve been wanting to brighten up our space for a while – and I thought updating the black slate tiles with white would be a great start. I saw the 6th Avenue Cocoon mosaic tile in kitchen in an advertisement and thanks to Pinterest I landed on Walker Zanger’s website. Walker Zanger sent this tile over for my project and I couldn’t be happier to share this project with you.


Before

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After

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I picked the white matte, and sand colored grout, just as I had seen in their example photo. The 6th Avenue Cocoon mosaic tile comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and I also loved the idea of tile going vertical. When you already have flooring, finding a backsplash tile can be challenging, you have to consider the color and texture of the tiles – as well as the feel. I wanted to carry on a clean, European feel while brightening up the space and this tile, it did it all. It was love at first sight.

Walker Zanger‘s tile designs are incredible – they carry the one of a kind tiles – the ones that stop you when you’re flipping through a page and you know it’s something unique.

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^^ Can I get an applause for pleating these curtains? I used the Pottery Barn curtains from our bedroom (we replaced them with wood shutters) and cut them and did double pleats! Thank you University of YouTube for the education! It was a great day of sewing, I had been wanting to do it for so long and I finally put the time in.

I picked up this little guy at Fry’s I really liked how fresh he looked and let’s be honest, I liked his outfit – aka copper pot. He also looks low maintenance so we’ll see – he was only $10!

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I picked up the agate cheese serving board at World Market and then I spotted this French cotton net market bag and you can buy them individually at the store. I had to go for the French flag. Oh France, I love you. Tortoise high balls (or “leopard print” as Benjamin calls them), here.

You’ll probably notice that my kitchen is similar to my office, filled with goodies from traveling. I believe the best kind of souvenirs are the ones you’ll see and use daily to remind you of your trip.

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I decided to put the cookbooks in a cabinet by the stove, move spices and containers off the counter and into the cupboards – just keep everything as clean as possible because I wanted the focus to be on the backsplash. I also think white really shows off what you have on the counter tops so for right now, it’s all clean and I’m sure I’ll be adding in no time.

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I bought glass oil bottles and put my coffee syrups in them. I also have my coffee press which I really use to make tea and my ceramic tea holder I got from China. Also my tea towel collection continues to grow – my friends gift them to me and you know it’s my favorite travel souvenir. This one from Liberty London when I went to London, I should have bought three more I told Benjamin. Luckily there’s the internet.

Speaking of travel souvenirs, below is my French mount soap from my trip to South of France. Can you believe it’s been two years? It makes me want to cry and I want to go back soon. Well, if you remember Benjamin said no mounting it unless I found enough soap refills, and I did online! The original soap lasted two years, and actually would last three if I didn’t change it out – it was an olive green and the refills I bought were white so of course I had to update it! I want to change all of our soaps to the French wall-mounted soap because it’s economical and beautiful but I’m having difficulty sourcing genuine made in France mounts online (found a place here that ships overseas). Guess I need to go back.

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^^ Oh and this Eiffel Tower oil container I picked up in Paris, at the airport – haha. I had to use the rest of my euros and thought this was the best way. Don’t worry, that oil isn’t two years old.

I’m a total nerd and I wanted white sponges, so I googled it and landed upon these from IKEA. Whether they are good or not, I can’t tell you yet but they sure look great in the kitchen. This sponge caddy matched the new sink so I picked it up as well.

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And of course the pot filler above the stove has made me jump for joy – I even fill up my vases using it! And that’s it! So much newness with the Walker Zanger 6th Avenue Cocoon mosaic, pot filler and just a few rearranges on the countertop. I’m ready to have my friends over and cook! (Did I really just say that? It’s a kitchen miracle!)

Would love to hear what you think!

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

18 Comments

  • clairedivas

    Fantastic work. Beautiful color scheme and backsplash tiles.

  • Don

    Great pics, the white tiles really do make that much of a difference when seen side by side. Just ordered the Echo Show as a gift for my wife’s birthday, not overly concerned with big brother listening in as much as I am the sound quality/ her actual usefulness of the device. Such a different time for our two yr old to be coming up in, can’t wait until she figures out how to summon orders from Alexa LOL.

  • Carissa

    I LOVE your new backsplash tile! So perfect. I also love your wall mounted french soap, I want one so badly!
    I also really like the basket tray that holds your coffee syrups. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed that your kitchen opens into your dining room so nicely. That could be a post idea for you, if you were willing to share, the layout/floorplan of your house. It’s kind of nice to see as people follow along so many house update posts.

    Great tastes as always, Diana!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Carissa! You should get a mounted french soap for sure! :) It’ll save $ too, I’m really wanting to get 3 more, but maybe later. I wish you were close enough to come over for coffee in the mornings, but I’ll settle for our blog comment and social media exchanges ;)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Oh! And guess what I did last night? I drew up house floor plans :) I even am placing furniture in them haha. Stay tuned! Thanks for the idea and glad you are interested!

  • Kath

    Very nicely done…I’d love to cook in your kitchen! Your end result is a great combination of interesting elements.

  • V

    Definitely feel inspired Di!

    Loving the white backsplash. It does look Byzantine! You got a good eye, and that wooden shelving that the French bag is hanging on, looks so nice and useful for the kitchen!! (Robbie and I are looking for one currently)

    Love your style and how you capture each moment through your photos :)

  • W.L.

    Very bright and cheery, inviting, and tastefully done! What time is dinner? ;)

  • Monie

    I LOVE the clean look…and all the finishing touches. You nailed it!

  • Michelle

    Love it! The backsplash turned out great. Really opens up the counter space and ties in the colors around the kitchen.

  • Kate

    So so good. It looks beautiful, fresh, and open. You did an awesome job. Love the mounted soap, too!

  • Michael

    Love the color scheme and clean look! Great job!

  • Robbie

    Love the back-splash! It’s very Byzantine. Maybe V and I will choose a design like that over classic subway tile :) I’ve never seen anything like that pot filler before but that’s a great idea!

  • Vicky

    Omg! I love love all the special and sweet touches. It is so romantic and makes me think of a spring day in the garden. Lovely

    Ok, so tell me more about your mount soap? That looks awesome!

    And those white sponges? Brilliant! Leave it to ikea.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lee

    This looks amazing! Wow. Love the rich tones and textures you all have created. I’m inspired!

  • Molly Williams

    OMGGG I’m obsessed! So clean and airy! Fantastic taste!!!

  • Christina

    Gorgeous! Love Love Love! Can’t wait to see what project you start next! ;)

  • Carrie

    It all looks FABULOUS!!!! You next job should be an interior decorator :)

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