This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Floor & Decor. All opinions are 100% mine.
Ok let’s talk about one of my favorite parts of the kitchen! THE BACKSPLASH! When we started the kitchen renovation I was planning on keeping our old backsplash. While it wasn’t my personal style it wasn’t terrible. However, after a nice discussion on Instagram with all of YOU, you convinced me it was time for a change and you were right. Changing the backsplash to this gorgeous marble mosaic tile from Floor & Decor was the absolute best decision during the kitchen renovation. The long days that turned into weeks were worth it because I absolutely love how it turned out.
Today, I want to walk you through my process of choosing the tile and installing it and the decisions we made along the way. Tiling is one of my favorite DIY jobs, I absolutely love it and this was probably one the largest ones I’ve tackled to date. SO let’s talk about Installing Marble Mosaic Tile and what I learned.
Marble Picket Backsplash
This Viviano Marmo Dolomite Premium Picket Polished Marble Mosaic completely makes this kitchen and gives it the classic modern look I was envisioning.
If you remember before, we had a mirror subway tile backsplash that was here when we moved into the house. It was fun and a lot of bling but didn’t match my personal style. I wanted something a little more minimalistic and organic feeling.
Picking Out Our Backsplash
Literally the day after we decided to change out our backsplash I headed straight to Floor & Decor. I am SO thankful we have one near by because they have the largest selection of tile and flooring EVER. And not just a large selection but really beautiful, trendy styles.
I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted for the backsplash going into the selection process which made it easy to narrow down choices. I knew I wanted a white backsplash, something that blended with the gray counters and marble island, and I did not want subway tile or small mosaic pieces. Nothing against subway tile at all, I think it is gorgeous and such a classic choice but I wanted to go a different route for in here.
I came home with these three choices, the Marble Picket Mosaic, the Oversized Picket Mosaic , and the 12X24 polish ceramic tile.
It didn’t take us long to decide on the smaller Marble Picket Mosaic and I really love how it turned out!
Tile Behind Open Shelves
I absolutely love the look of a tall dramatic backsplash. If our cabinets went all the way to the ceiling I would have done a full wall, but since they are not ceiling height I kept the backsplash at 3/4 up the wall.
My original plan was to take the tile just up to the bottom of the upper shelf, but it just didn’t look right. So instead, I took it up over the shelves to create a frame. The change set me back a whole day in the renovation, but it was so worth it!
Using Pencil Tiles To Frame Backsplash
I used the matching Dolomite Marble Pencil Tiles to frame out the backsplash on all open areas of the kitchen. I think it created such a clean look and made everything look more polished.
Which Grout To Use On Marble Tile?
Picking out the grout color was actually a huge deal over here! I went with this Maepei FlexColor Grout in Rain. This was my first time using this particular pre-mixed grout and I absolutely loved it. It went on really smooth, comes with a great sponge for cleaning and it covered a lot of square footage! I only used about 1 and 1/4 tubs for our whole kitchen!
Marble Kitchen Backsplash
We couldn’t be happier with the tile. I am so glad we went the extra mile and put the work in to make it even more our style. We love it.
Huge thanks to Floor & Decor for helping us with this project, what a huge difference it made from the before.
Sandra Cook says
Could you please give us some tips and the step by step method on removing the old tiles?
Taryn Whiteaker says
Hi! This is a great question. Our previous backsplash wasn’t a traditional tile, sine it was mirror it was actually glued on, with no grout.
Nancy Ríos says
Im just now having the same exact backsplash you installed. It seems to be a little darker once installed. Will it go back to its original color. Also, did you deal before installing?
Taryn Whiteaker says
Hi! I do remember it changing color a little bit, I did not seal before I put it on. I feel like after I cleaned it up a lot it looked a little better, but it did change a bit.
Nanci Rios says
Thank you for responding! I hope they lighten up some look more grey than anything. We will see. I loved yours so I went after it?
Hi. I love what you did with your kitchen. Can you pleas tell me where you got those shelves?
Taryn Whiteaker says
Hi! They are from Ornamental Moulding https://bit.ly/2vipIZM
I am considering a marble backsplash in our kitchen reno, but I do a LOT of cooking, and I’m worried about staining. I am not seeing any info online about sealing a marble backsplash. Do you know if it comes sealed?