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Old 09-01-2012, 11:16 AM   #11
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A thought, in such an old house, things are bound to be all off and crooked, and if you go with something like tile that has a pattern, it will emphasize things being "off".
Old houses are often not square. You can often hide the mismatches in a corner where an appliance or other item blocks your view.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:57 AM   #12
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Old houses are often not square. You can often hide the mismatches in a corner where an appliance or other item blocks your view.
My sister house was built in the 1700's. I doubt if the square had been invented at that time. There wasn't a square anything in that house when she bought it. The house had settled so much over the years. In back she had a retaining wall. It was built with hand made bricks. Even that was crooked. When it had to be rebuilt, because it was historical, they had to reuse most of them. Unfortunately the best thing that happend to that house was when they had the fire. It gave them the chance to get it right.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:02 PM   #13
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I live in an 1854 old house. The kitchen probably dates from the late 1800s. The last owner (a dozen or so years ago) painted everything blue or wallpapered it blue plaid. We had to replace the counters (they were burned) and did so with Corian, which is a sort of sage-green fake granite (sorry to all granite lovers, but the room is hot in the summer and frigid in the winter, and I don't want something that makes it colder). Now I can finally, I hope, do something about the plaid walls. Husband wants sunny yellow walls, and I'm thinking, what the He-double hockey sticks am I going to do about the back-splashes, which I need many yards of. I kind of of liked the glass mosaic tiles I've seen, but what they're showing me has "stone" tiles in them that I don't think will be easy to clean (really, I have a stone wall, it isn't). my husband is tending towards "subway tiles". I'll go with it if he really wants them, but I have to say, the grout becomes an issue which he's forgotten about. When you live with hard water, the grout gets discolored if you don't seal it .... and often (yes, been there, done that). If he really insists on the white tiles, how would colored grout look (remember, I get to do the "big" cleaning, and the grout will look yellow-ee to orange-ish in a year, if that, even with me sealing, bleaching, and using various hard mineral cleaners). Any suggestions? The cupboards are old, 50s vintage white wood, and we have white bead-board siding. I just want the plaid to go away (who in their right mind would put plaid wallpaper in an old house where nothing is plumb?
Paint color is easy & inexpensive to change. I would do that last. Have you picked out a backsplash? My first thought re grouting (for the needs you described), would be to go with small darker mosaic (stone, not glass) tiles with dark grouting to match, for a seamless look. Personally, I don't like contrasting grout - it will make the wall the focal point & you wont have that seamless look. I would stay away from trendy or contemporary, & keep the flow with the rest of the home & period. I would do some research on the web & look at kitchens from that era. You may not need a backsplash. When choosing colors, take lots of pics of what you have now, & look at HGTV, etc. for some ideas.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:33 PM   #14
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I think a corian backsplash the same as the counters would be a nice look and not have any lines in it to draw attention to the crooked walls. Best of all no grout.
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Nobody hates tile and grout more than I do! My counters were tile and I recently had them replaced with granite, and matching granite back splash. Actually, the grout for the original back splashes was no problem, as wear and staining aren't a problem there.

Personally, I think the new look of a glass tiled back splash would be out of place in your vintage kitchen. I'm tending to agree with your husband about the subway tiles and I believe it was Bill who mentioned black grout for them.
That would certainly be the vintage look that I think you should keep in mind.
I can only imagine how happy you'll be to be rid of the plaid wallpaper!

Pictures!! We need pictures!
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:41 PM   #16
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We have a corian countertop and integrated backsplash and love it.
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When I moved into my house with a white kitchen that needed repainting, I couldn't decide how to do the backsplash. I ended up putting three coats of a good quality white enamel on the wall under the cabinets, behind the sink & range. Wiping with a good de-greaser detergent like Dawn is all I have needed so far. I can always add tiles, etc. if I decide to, but find I like it this way just fine.
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Just to be clear here.

Backsplash means the whole wall from the counter top to the bottoms of the cabinets. NOT just a 4" vertical piece running along the back counter top.
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Just to be clear here.

Backsplash means the whole wall from the counter top to the bottoms of the cabinets. NOT just a 4" vertical piece running along the back counter top.
To me, a backsplash can be either, the height is secondary.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:19 PM   #20
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To me, a backsplash can be either, the height is secondary.
I agree it can be either. That's why I asked. There are a number of combos. One material from the counter all the way up to the cabinets Or a 4" vertical that matches the counter top and a different material the rest of the way up the wall. Or just the 4" vertical.

What's important is which Claire is asking about.
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