Big mistake.

kristi oldhamMarch 24, 2013
This is newly installed Kitchen countertop, backsplash and tile and I hate it. Finally talked hubby into remodel and this is what I have done. WOW, What was I thinking? What can I do to fix this? I get dizzy everytime I go into kitchen. Please help camaflaugh this somehow.
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Ed
Kristi, so sorry to hear that. Do you think you can find an appliance that would fit perfectly in that square spot to cover up the backsplash ? Or, how about building a custom cabinet right there, and use it as a mini-library for your cook books, or your condiments ? :)
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lewlew
I like Ed's idea of bringing kitchen cabinetry down to countertop. Just make sure you know what you want in that cabinetry as you may be paying a pretty penny for it. Glass cabinets with lighting ( I see electrical wiring hanging in pic so this wouldn't involve extra wiring) and a lower pullout drawer? Appliance garage with lift hydraulics so the door opens up and out of the way?
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krispyk
Yeah, it's a little busy. Can you tear out the tiles and continue with what you were doing? That would be the cheapest route to go, IMHO.
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feeny
I agree that taking it out is probably the right decision. That square area isn't too huge, and if you just continue with the subway tile and accent border it will look much calmer and more consistent.
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I would get a brushed steel frame and put almost anything more neutral in it. Than hang it over that. It could even be your base tile.
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pattiegoode
Bless your heart!
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You can get away with keeping it if you reduce the amount of the little tiles. You can take the existing little ones out, and put a boarder around a section and create a square. You could use a metal trim piece to surround a square and then fill in the outside with the white tile. Here is an example of a backsplash that has a square like I am talking about.
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pattiegoode
I imagine DH will not want to retile just yet. So, divide that big square! Ikea has lots of things that might work, depending on your style. Grundtal stainless rods have lots of options to hang from them:
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What if you painted every black tile white? Since it's a backsplash it won't get much wear. The problem I see is that the mosaic tile has too many variations in it. I can't tell from the pix but if one of the tile colors matches the countertop color, you could use it instead of the white. Just a thought!
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/paint-over-glazed-backsplash-tiles-25377.html
What was in the niche to begin with? I have a friend who did blue & white checkerboard once & felt the same way you do...don't feel like you are the only one who ever made a design mistake, please!
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pattiegoode
Awe, Lisa C! They have yet to install the cooktop & vent! You are so smart. I was thinking they had moved it somewhere else. In that case (lol), a solid stainless panel gets my vote. It will give the eye a place to rest as it follows the mosaic insert around the room.
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krispyk
I was also thinking that you might be able to paint it - not all of the tiles, but enough to make it look like that rest of the backsplash. If you don't like it just rip it out and continue with the simple look under the cabinets. I feel that trying to make a square around it is just more busyness.
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honeapathsc
Get a piece of half inch grante slab cut to size with polished edges and adhear right to the tile on the wall. Black galaxy or a gray tone would look nice.
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Oh my! I know you do not to hear this but you really do need to remove the tile and start again or you could try to remove only the accent tiles and add something like this to the space... it would work better with the counters and cabinet colors
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And perhaps finsh the room by painting it in a soft neutral tone...
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orangecamera
I'm confused by the comments. Are a stovetop and hood going in there?
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armygirl1987
The question would also be do you hate them together, the white tile or mosaic.
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kristi oldham
Thanks everbody for trying to help but I just broke down and told my husband I screwed up, so he has agreed to replace it for me. Just going to make it all the white subway tile and get rid of the ugliness.. Hes not real happy with me, but the tears helped...
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armygirl1987
Awesome, tears always work.
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orangecamera
Aw kristi, sorry it's been tough, but the worst is over.
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kristi oldham
Didn't really want it all white but couldn't deal with screwing up again, nor could my husband
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DIAspoton
yeah, glad it's resolved
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feeny
You have a kind husband, and you both have made the right decision.
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noreaster88
Glad you were able to get it changed...

Don't be hard on yourself. Everyone does it! Ask me how many times I painted our new downstairs bathroom...I think it's actually about a square foot smaller, it has so many coats of paint on it...

(())
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orangecamera
Okay, I'll bite :) noreaster88, how many times have you painted your new downstairs bathroom? ;)
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noreaster88
Okay, if you're going to make me count...

First three coats were primer (mold-resistant drywall was almost PURPLE...kept showing through paint samples).

Then taupe on the top third and white on the bottom two-thirds...two coats of taupe and three coats of white (see purple drywall issues, above)...

White was too white. Changed to a warmer white, two coats.

Taupe was too...fleshy. Changed to a more sand color. Two coats.

Decided I didn't want to divide the room horizontally with the two colors, so painted over the white with the sand paint.

TOO MUCH SAND!!!

Three new paint samples. Each one looked great for a square foot area...then I'd get around a corner and the color would reflect on itself and be MUCH TOO DARK.

Finally one Sunday when the stores were closed and I had to start tiling the shower surround ASAP I threw all three paint samples into a gallon of satin white, and behold, the perfect color.

I ran out on the second coat with one wall left.

Drove two hours to the closest store with a paint-matching machine, repainted the room again just in case, and now it's finally perfect.

See? It could be worse! ;)
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orangecamera
OMG, that's a LOT of painting! I've actually lost count while reading. Thank you for sharing. :D And what a cool way to get the right color. Necessity is the mother of invention.
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snikalfritz
Noreaster88, I have repainted the same room a few times myself. So much so that the people who mix the paint at my local paint store know me well. I am known to get one wall painted and decide I want to change the tonal value a bit and run right back to the store and make them add more tint colorant. :-)
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