Let’s take a loop at where we started. Before you ask, no that’s not wallpaper. Somebody took the time to sponge paint BY HAND alternating white and beige. Over wallpaper. The pros: high ceilings, a skylight that has never leaked, plenty of daylight from all the windows, and a chandelier that actually doesn’t suck.
Fast forward to now. We have painted the walls which may or may not have included me standing on the tops of our cabinets. We opted for a convection stove top and moved it off the island because we loved our countertops too much to not have a nice bold slab in the center. The cabinets were in great shape so I painted them with the Rustoleum Cabinet Refinishing kit in Castle. New faucet, sink, and counters. And we went with a shiplap backsplash.
We ended up switching these two end cabinets to give ourselves a better cooktop space and to make the layout make a little more sense. The tiny on on the end made for an awkward piece of countertop that just didn't make sense.
Let me tell you why you should do “shiplap” backsplash. I’ve already talked 2 others into it because yes it is that good. the backsplash I wanted was $10/sq ft. We were looking at over $180 for just the tile and I’ll be honest I was kind of over tiling since our last house. This is hardiplank which is about $10/144” board. Mine was under 4 boards plus some paint that I already had. It is a pain to cut around outlets and also showed us that ours are not even a little bit in a straight line. But tile would have taken me 10x longer. I used laminate spacers for the gap and the nail gun. Then you fill in the nail holes and paint. It does really soak up that first coat but after that it was smooth sailing. You could use primed wood planks but because it’s a kitchen and my stove goes up against it I opted for cement board as a fire precaution.