Cottage Kitchen Backsplash

While the tile setter was installing backsplashes in the conservatory and master bathrooms, we had a job for him out in the Cottage.

The Cottage kitchen

The tiny kitchenette needed a little upgrade so we offered our cottage-dweller choice of 3″ by 6″ white porcelain subway tile or 3″ by 6″ frosted glass subway tile. She chose the glass tile.

Glass Snow Frost 3″ by 6″ subway tile from The Tile Shop.

Unlike the tile on the conservatory bathroom backsplash, she decided on a diagonal herringbone placement.

Charlie, who was monitoring the installation, frantically called me to see if we had any more tile because they wee running short.

This is more labor intensive for the tile setter but adds subtle interest to the kitchen wall niche.

The tile seems to enlarge the space.

This backsplash goes all the way from the countertop to the bottom of the hanging cabinets.

Kitchen before the tile backsplash.
This tile appears to lit from within.

Since glass tile doesn’t have a bullnose option we chose to finish the edge with a brushed metal edging.  It is sleek and simple and prevents cuts to the hand when cleaning the backsplash.

Tile protects the wall behind the sink.

The Cottage is slated for more upgrades this spring.

The next items on the fix-it list are new windows.

It’s all so exciting.

Is it time or money that keeps your improvements to a minimum?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Cottage Kitchen Backsplash”

  1. So, did you have more tile on hand or was there enough there in the cottage to finish the job? Where does the brushed metal edging go – along all the outside edges as in between the countertop and tile, along the edge of the wall where the tile ends, etc? It looks absolutely splendid.

    1. They had enough tile in the Cottage and 6 or 7 to spare. The brushed metal edge only goes along the left open edge. It’s very subtle. Jo

  2. I can’t believe how quickly you all took that cottage from a place full of hodge-podge castoffs that hadn’t been inhabited for years to such a charming home. You’ve done a wonderful job.

  3. This backsplash looks amazing! I wouldn’t have chosen the diagonal placement but it is exactly what the space needs and is making me think differently about diagonal tiling.

    1. Thanks, Twiglet. The diagonal tiling seems to make the space appear larger. I guess it’s the diagonal lines that give it movement. Jo

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