In my last post about our budget kitchen makeover I explained how we really wanted to tile our entire back kitchen wall to create a really clean, sparkling feature wall that would be the first thing anyone would see as they walk into the kitchen. This week I wanted to share with you guys some snapshots of what our kitchen has become since I tiled the feature wall ( counter to ceiling) and hung open shelving on both sides of the stove.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this little photo I took while drilling holes for shelf brackets.
Do you want to give yourself a heart attack? Because nothing else does it like drilling into freshly laid tile. There was a voice in my head the entire time saying “Don’t screw up, don’t screw up”, neeeeeeerve wracking. By some miracle I made it past that hole drilling without any missteps.
I love how the subway tile turned out! The whole wall is just so bright and reflective, it has made our kitchen look HUGE! I chose the standard white subway tile from Lowes and I used MAPEI grout in Warm Gray also from Lowes. The grout matches our wall paint PERFECTLY, it is from Lowes as well- Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray.
We chose Ikea shelf brackets, they are the EKBY VALTER in the 7in size. I painted them with Krylon’s Special Purpose Metallic paint in Bright Gold. We have accents of a brassy/gold in our kitchen (i.e. light fixtures) and I wanted to pick that up in our shelving. I sealed the brackets with Valspar’s Clear Lacquer. This was a super important step! Don’t skip it! The clear lacquer coat smoothes the gold paint and really makes it look like a solid gold bracket and not like spray painted wood. Sometimes the spray painted wood will vary in shades because of the texture, the lacquer totally glosses over any variation and gives a solid outcome.
I bought a 1’x8′ white wood board at Lowes and cut it to fit my shelves. Sanded the edges and I used drywall/joint compound to fill any knot holes. I think it works beautifully, dries faster than wood filler and you can use it to smooth rough patches too. I primed the boards with Zinsser Bulls Eye spray primer and then finished them off with a few coats of Valspar’s spray Lacquer in White.
As you can see we are missing trim around our back door…. For some reason the trim around the door matches none of the other trim in our home, so it is remaining trim-less until I put up the matching trim.
We are so happy with the way our tile wall and shelves turned out! so much better than the ugly dark cabinets that would loom over me while I cooked. We still have a ways to go and a vent hood is in our future, check out this one I am totally in love with.
I hope I’ve inspired you to rip out some cabinets or tile something today!