Kitchen Update: Subway Tile Backsplash

Why I chose subway tile kitchen backsplash-Holly on Hummingbird

Subway tile backsplash

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you! What started out as a broken dishwasher turned into a new subway tile backsplash–and it turned out better than expected!

We have some major plans for our little kitchen, but will updating it in phases as we can afford it. It’s going to drive me crazy, but I promised to reign it in and be patient. I know that I’ll regret making that promise at some point… I’m more of a rip-the-band-aid-off kind of girl and unfinished projects just eat at me.

A great example of this is when the dishwasher needed to be replaced. Obviously we needed to get a really nice stainless steel Bosch, but that would look ridiculous with the remaining outdated black appliances, right?!  So I suggested that we get a new refrigerator and then found an uh-mazing deal on a range that we just couldn’t pass up. 

But, since the range was a slide-in and we wanted a vent hood instead of a built-in microwave, it left two really ugly untiled spaces in the backsplash. So it was only natural that we tear out the ugly green and brown mosaic tile and replace it with subway tile.

Subway tile backsplash-before and after


Our kitchen isn’t awful–it’s just that whoever picked the finishes had absolutely horrendous taste. So luckily, we can make some cosmetic changes and end up with a pretty nice kitchen.  I picture lots of white with black accents, and a built-in banquette.

why I chose subway tile

Subway Tile

I have a little bit of an obsession with subway tile. I used to think it was boring, but I inherited a lot of it with our house in Denver and I guess it just grew on me. It’s so much more versatile that you’d think, but it’s also classic.

Subway tile will never go out of style–it’s definitely a safe choice in that regard. But you can get super creative with it and take risks with the grout color and tile pattern. I really wanted to go with black grout, but I was afraid it would be too much of a contrast for the kitchen so I went two shades lighter (right in the middle on the grayscale) and I’m so happy I did!

BEfore and after-subway tile backsplash DIY


The white tile immediately opened up the whole room and brought in so much light! It was unexpected to see such a drastic change. And the gray grout provided that bit of contrast and style that I was looking for.

Under 200-Kitchen Backsplash

For a basic mosaic backsplash tile, you’re looking at spending between $5-$10 per square foot on the low, low end. Subway tile, however is only $1.84 psf at Home Depot! We only spent about $100 on tile, so after grout, mortar and a few other supplies, we were able to install a new backsplash for less that $200.  

White Subway tile kitchen backsplash-holly on hummingbird

Why I chose white subway tile for my kitchen backsplash

Phase two will be painting the cabinets and changing out the hardware, so be sure to subscribe over there on the left so that you can follow along!