We knew we wanted to use white subway tile for the backsplash because I couldn't find any colored tile that I liked, so I spent a few weeks trying out different samples from various websites with our cabinets and granite.
On the left is Anchor Bay Tile, which worked out to $10 a sq ft for their bright white 3 x 6in subway tile. The middle is The Tile Shop Imperial Bianco Gloss 3 x 6in subway at $6 a sq ft. The right is also Tile Shop, their Imperial Brite White Matte 3 x 6in subway comes to $7 a sq ft. We also checked out the cheapie subway tile at Lowes, HD, and Menards but they were ALL very ivory next to our cabinets, so we had to pay more to get a true white.
I knew right away we didn't want to do the matte tile, and the Tile Shop gloss subway tile on the right looked the best with the cabinets, so we went with that one. Luckily, it was the cheapest....and thanks to Young House Love's 10% off code, I saved almost $50!
Now we just need to install it. My cousin is a tiler and offered to help us put it up, which is awesome because we have to float out our walls in a couple spots.
We have ordered 2" Designer Basswood blinds from Select Blinds, with their (permanent) 30% off and 'Buy 3 Get 1 Free' deal, I was able to get three kitchen blinds and two for the living room for $250. Not bad!
I also had to come up with a creative solution for the weird angles of our window bump out...we had 5 'walls' instead of 3, so mounting brackets to the wall would be impossible with the funky placement of the side windows.
I chose the Umbra Bayview rod with flexible rod joints...
...and Umbra ceiling mount brackets in bronze.
Oh yeah, and we settled on the Behr Lotus Leaf paint color. We love it!
More to come....