My husband and I were looking for a way to bring a wow factor to our kitchen, really making this track home feel custom.  In order to do that we had to throw it back to the “stone age” with two stone kitchen projects:

1. The BackSplash
I have been struggling for a while trying to decide what backsplash to put in our kitchen.  Our granite is quite busy, so colorful glass tile seemed to not be an option.  I liked the look of subway tile, but the popular glossy tile didn’t match the style of my kitchen.  So in the end I went with an off white travertine subway tile, and I think it looks great!

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Hint: We had to pop-off the granite lip on the wall (which was only glued to the wall, so it was pretty easy) to achieve the clean look we wanted.

2. The Stone Peninsula
I am really in love with how the stone on the kitchen peninsula came out!  The colors we chose really play off the wall color in the great room and the colors in the granite.  My husband and his cousin really took great care in creating the 45 degree angles on all the corners using a wet saw, but the install went fairly smoothly as the stone came in sheets from LOWEs.  We also removed the baseboard and added larger wooden bracket detailing to enhance the built in feel.

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Hint: We had to replace the drywall with concrete board on the peninsula in order to hold the weight of the stone.

Have you used stone in any projects at your house?


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