We finished the last touches on the kitchen last week and are really happy with how our hard work paid off. Just to refresh your memory, here are some photos of how the kitchen looked before the renovation. The last step was installing the backsplash. This is the first time we had installed tile. We chose a white marble carrara in a mini subway tile. We read that you had to use a wet saw to cut this tile but just a tip if you plan on installing something similar yourself- the little tiles shift as they go through the wet saw making uneven lines. After buying and learning to use the saw we went back to the internet and learned that tile snippers work to even out edges. In the end we used the snippers to cut the tiles and a file to smooth them out. Way easier than the saw. It took us three full evenings to install and grout the tile. It's amazing how the backsplash really completes the kitchen.
You can see my posts of our progress, stage one, two and three, as well as posts about the cabinets and hardware, countertops, and stainless steel shelves. Below is the view of the kitchen from the front hall on the left and from the back entrance on the right.
I also painted the stools white and re-upholstered them. The covers were so quick to do that I could easily switch up the fabric if I felt like it. I think a black and white fabric would look nice too. We started the kitchen back in January so it feels really good to be finished this project. I think we may take a break from renovating for a while!