Update Your Backsplash to Sell

June 17, 2011 § 3 Comments

Honey onyx mosaic tiles — love ’em! We switched out the old ceramic backsplash in a “modern” kitchen (still had Formica counters with oak trim) and updated the look of the whole room (okay, we changed the cabinet knobs too). The white melamine cabinets, Formica counter tops, and linoleum floor all stayed! It was a wonderful transformation for a minimal cost to the homeowners who were updating to sell.

We chose the onyx for its variety of warm colors (would blend the oak trim nicely), its scale (the small tiles would add interest to the plain white cabinets), and its ease of installation (mosaics require fewer cuts!). The biggest benefit? These tiles came from one of our prominent “big box” stores so the homeowners did not pay a lot for materials. A bonus when you’re preparing your home for the market!

§ 3 Responses to Update Your Backsplash to Sell

  • stephanie says:

    Beautiful transformation. Question???? Are the mosaic tiles hard to clean? I am considering using them, but was concerned about all the lines to keep clean.
    Thanks!

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Not hard to clean if: a) you pick a non-white grout color (for sure!); and b) you seal the stone tile after it’s applied and then seal the grout after you’re done. That should make for pretty easy cleanup. But if you’re cooking spaghetti sauce, just keep a sponge handy. Don’t let food dry on the backsplash. You should be all set!!

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

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