Cement Tile and Tin Ceiling Tile Backsplash in my Gray and White Kitchen

I’ve been meaning to post pictures of my Cement tile backsplash that I put in the kitchen for a while now but I realized after I took the pictures that the setting on my camera to blur the background was on, darn!  So I’m going to post what I have for now and replace them as soon as my kitchen get perfectly clean again….sigh….

Anyway,  It took about 3 months to get our handmade cement tile from Mexico and it cost in the $600 range give or take, I can’t remember exactly.  But first an overview of the entire kitchen:

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

(Check out my tutorial on how to make those DIY pendant lights for $30 each plus some lamp parts)

We have white cabinets around the exterior of the kitchen and the island is stained dark gray, called Graphite, from Marsh Cabinets.  They also had a light painted gray cabinet which was beautiful too, but I went with the darker cabinets to hide some of the dirt from kids.  I have to admit I was worried to do white cabinets.  I was worried that they would need to be wiped down every day to keep them looking clean, like our last house, but I haven’t had to do that at all.  Our entire cabinet costs came to $4700 for the white cabinets and $2000 for the island and I’m pretty sure that included installation because they installed them and we didn’t pay them anything else, but maybe our builder did…hmmm…never thought to ask.  I know he had $1500 budgeted for installation, so maybe labor is not included.  We could have done cheaper cabinets but still good quality but I was really stuck on the gray shaker cabinets and it’s a newer color so a lot of places don’t have it.

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

Our White Oak floors are stained Dark Walnut with a Satin finish, in case you were wondering.  It’s a great color, not too light or too dark.   It doesn’t show a lot of dirt which is what I was worried about.

The granite is Glacier White which cost $3200 for I think 68 sq ft.  It was one of the lower priced granite and the lowest price I could find and get something that kind of resembled carrara marble, which I love, but would never want to deal with the maintenance of it.  We had the granite installers hone it offsite for $300 and I LOVE it.  The only thing I would do differently is make sure they seal it after honing  because they sanded the sealer off that came from the manufacturer.  I had to seal it several times myself after I noticed that stains didn’t seem to be coming up.  Now there isn’t a problem as long as you don’t leave dirty pots and pans in particular carbon steel woks that rust 🙁  But on the positive note, stains can be sanded out since it’s not shiny :+)

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

Do you like my lights?  I made those from some $40 lanterns I bought from Hobby Lobby and lamp parts that Lowes carries.

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

Over the stove is a metal backsplash made from 3 different types of tin ceiling tiles/trim.  See my tutorial on how to make a metal ceiling tile backsplash focal point.  I wasn’t planning on doing that but  I came up short on cement tiles and had to figure out something else.  I learned that cement tiles are a bit different than other tiles.  With other tiles if you cut it in half to put somewhere, then you can use the other half somewhere else.  Not so with cement tile, because of the pattern.  The only tiles I could use again were the ones going up the side of the tin ceiling back splash part.  There were even some tiles that I just used a sliver of and couldn’t reuse the other piece 🙁  However, I think it ended up better because I love the rustic tin ceiling tile backsplash.

Anyway, here are some more pictures of the cement tile, which I had to seal several times too but now it can be wiped off and not stain.

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

white and gray kitchen with cement tile backsplash and tin ceiling tile backsplash

tin ceiling tile backsplash

Don’t you just LOVE cement tile??  I ordered it from aventetile.com and it’s called Mission Zebra B.  I checked almost all the cement tile websites after trying to find it in stores and Avente Tile was the cheapest I could find in something I liked that didn’t have a minimum order.  After I finished grouting my 4 year old told me it’s good as long as I don’t put it all over the living room or it’d make him dizzy….tempting….he knows his mother, lol

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7 thoughts on “Cement Tile and Tin Ceiling Tile Backsplash in my Gray and White Kitchen

  1. Wow, a nice color combination for kitchen tiles gray and white. You share the nice photos in the kitchen, cement tiles looks nice.

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  2. I love the backsplash. Do you remember what shade of gray you picked for the tile by any chance?

    Thanks!

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    • Are you talking about the cement tile? It’s this tile: https://www.aventetile.com/products/2320.cfm

      For the metal part, I painted it with 3 different colors, I know one was Smoke Gray Rustoleum Spray paint, b/c I still have it and the other was a shade lighter (or maybe it was darker, but I remember trying the darkest shade I got was too dark) Then I went over it with a either white paint or a gray tinted white (probably this) with a brush that barely had any paint on it until I got the look I wanted. So, I probably sprayed it with the darkest gray and then sprayed the lighter gray paint in a cup and so I could dry brush it on, then highlighted it even more with the gray tinted white paint. Then I coated the whole thing in a matte clear rustoleum spray paint (several coats) and it’s been very durable.

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  3. Did you do double refrigerators? What brand did you use? What about the cooktop and oven?

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    • It’s a Kenmore full freezer and a freezer-less refrigerator, I think whirlpool made some too. They were about $1200 each through Sears with the builder discount. I have a friend building now and she said they don’t make them any more so she is doing 2 bottom freezers with the doors opening inward so it looks like one big unit. That would have been my 2nd choice. I LOVE having extra fridge and freezer space!!!
      We have a Bluestar range top. The also make a cooktop. The range top is all cast iron and OPEN burner which we LOVE!! You can remove the grates and fit a round bottom wok nicely. I think the price on it ended up being a little over $3000 if I remember correctly.
      We went with a Whirpool self-cleaning oven which I think was in the $800 range. I had them put in the electrical for 2 ovens in case we wanted to do that down the road. The oven cabinet from Marsh cabinet is meant to be modified for a double oven if you want or left as a single oven. I didn’t do an expensive oven b/c we have the worst luck with appliances in the past that I was looking for the cheapest to fill our needs, so we could splurge on the Blue star, which did I say we love?!

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  4. We’re so happy to have assisted you with your cement tile purchase! Mission Zebra B (http://www.aventetile.com/products/2320.cfm) is a classic pattern that effortlessly adds to its surroundings, such as your gorgeous kitchen!

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    • Thanks! I couldn’t be happier with the results. Cement tiles added that personality to my kitchen that I was looking for!

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