Kitchen Keepsakes

You know how some families like to save a little bottle of sand from every beach they’ve been to, or buy those state spoons for each state they’ve visited?  I think this family did the same thing.  Only except sand or spoons, they chiseled off a bathroom tile from every public bathroom stall they ever used, and took them home and made a backsplash for their kitchen.  No other logical explanation exists.  I spot at least seven different colors in there.
So, it wasn’t at all hard for Better After reader Karen to part with the potty patchwork, nor the badly spray-painted cabinets and the wallpapered soffit when she bought this house.  A year-and-a-half of hard work later, she has the beautiful restroom-relic-free kitchen you see today!


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  1. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHAHA! How did you come up with that sand/spoon/tile conncection? So funny!

  2. omg the bathroom tile kitchen was awful! BUT the renovation is gorgeous!!

  3. Gorg!!

  4. What is the name of that yellow paint color? I’ve been looking forever for something just like that!!! Gorgeous redo! 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know the color of the paint on the wall–it looks yellowish.

  6. Very nice room! And they say lemon sorbet it color trending for 2013 – you are ahead of your time! 🙂 Enjoy your new room!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think it ironic that they got rid of the “public bathroom” tile and went for subway tile! Ha! I really like it.

  8. That is one ugly before kitchen! Funny stuff and a great transformation!

  9. Now that is one much needed transformation…wow! I noticed the new family let go of all the souvenirs

  10. Thanks everybody! The yellow on the wall is Behr’s Shell Flower, 116-4. It’s quite a bit brighter in person than in this photo, but is not overpowering. I’d just like to mention that my husband did this ENTIRE kitchen except for the floor tiles…he even made the cabinets! Go hubby! :^)

  11. Hahaha! I was in TX once and one of the visitor’s centers had these beautiful TX state shaped accent tiles on the floors and walls. If i’d not gone to jail…I’d have taken one or two. 😉 j/k

    Love the after!

  12. Love it! Karen, where did you get your subway tile (or what brand is it?)? It’s really pretty!

  13. With aforementioned restroom-relic-free kitchen analogy, let me just say “Holy Sh**! This is a crazy great redo!” Love it! Gorgeous 🙂

  14. I just adore the after! It gives me some serious inspiration — and hope!



  15. I hope it’s okay that I pinned this from your blog … I didn’t see a link so figured it was a non-blogger reader submission …


  16. If I didn’t follow you for your content already, I’d certainly sign on just to read what you have to say. Hilarious!

  17. Maryanne, it’s just plain ol’ white subway tile from Home Depot. :^)


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