one of my least favorite things about our house was the half-assed backsplash behind the sink, which was made out of those sticky floor tile squares. i hated it. yet, it took us almost 6 years to do something about it. my dad & i both came to the conclusion that we loved the look of white subway tiles & hired his neighbor's brother-in-law (who used to build log cabins in colorado) to install them for us. we both wavered back and forth on the grout color - settled on gray at first, but after talking to carolyn, i realized i really wanted white. so i changed my mind. and then my dad did too. i am super happy with the results.
new backsplash: AFTER!
behind the stove before & after: