Kitchen Renovation- Adding Subway Tile

Did you know a kitchen can make you excited? Even when it is a tiny little room? Yup! Add the right colour paint and a gorgeous backsplash and voila! You will smile every time you step foot into the room!

sink in a farmhouse style kitchen walls painted in Sugar dust by Beautitone

The First Renovation

This renovation began four years ago, we bought this house and the kitchen was gutted due to some major issues, rebuilt and we bought nice new wood cupboards. Our budget which felt big when we began quickly shrunk with every new issue or trip to the store. The walls were painted, the lights hung and counter top installed and we threw up the flag.

We honestly didn’t know what was next, the cupboards were a pretty warm shade of grey and the walls clashed with a cool grey, the range hood was added and the kitchen still felt boring. 

An Oppportunity

We were contacted before Christmas by Home Hardware, Canada’s largest hardware retailer and were asked about working with them on a little kitchen renovation. This had us over the moon excited!

farmhouse kitchen with white subway til wall and white shiplap

We took an evening to go over the Pinterest Boards that we have and then looked at their website. It only took us a few hours to know what we wanted and what was needed. We wanted a back splash but we also knew that the tile needed to flow with the shiplap wall that was in the kitchen (that shiplap was already in the kitchen when we bought it and we painted it white). We didn’t want anything that was too modern.

The kitchen was painted with Sugar Dust by Beauti-tone Paint. What a difference! This was also very bold on our part. I mean who paints their kitchen WHITE when they have 5 children? Here is my reasoning, I would rather ‘see’ the dirt to wipe it off, the room is small and the bright warm paint will allow light to reflect better and the room feel bigger. It also has an impact because white is a bit brave.

Next came the tile. We rented the tile cutter from our local Home Hardware store and set to work (Josh set to work I ooohed and ahhed). Once that white grout when in the impact was immediate.

Now people walk in and compliment, and gush. Such a small renovation that had major payoffs! This was one of those projects that once completed we wondered why we waited years to do! I always thought that to have a stylish kitchen it needed to be very large and modern but a paint job and simple classes subway tile made a huge difference! Still keeping with the farmhouse kitchen style I have wanted and the lines of the house.

Products used:

Beautitone Paint

3×6 white subway tile

white grout




paint brush, roller, pan


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