Adding character and personality to your kitchen can be as easy as changing out the tile behind the stove top. I am obsessed with the Moroccan style tile we just added to our oven backsplash and the best part is… it’s soooo much easier to clean the white subway tile we had before!!!
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Moroccan Tile Behind the Stove Top
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When we remodeled our farmhouse kitchen a few years ago (see our DIY kitchen transformation HERE) I could not be happier at the time with how it turned out.
White Subway Tile Behind the Stove Top Before
However, like so many rooms we have remodeled in our farmhouse, I played it safe with colors and finishes and chose timeless and inexpensive white subway tile.
Don’t get me wrong you CAN NOT go wrong with white subway tile.
It goes with EVERYTHING and is perfect for a farmhouse kitchen backsplash.
However, it shows every tomato sauce spill and
I was longing for some more color, pattern and personality to our very white vintage kitchen.
Moroccan Style Tile Behind the Stove Top We Chose
I found this beautiful Moroccan or Spanish style porcelain stoneware cement tile in the clearance section of our local tile store for less than $8 a square foot.
It’s made in Italy by Xclusive Ceramica called Mystique Maia and has a beautiful blue, grey antique (timeless) pattern to it that adds just the right amount of pattern and color
It reminded me of a gorgeous Spanish backsplash tile behind the stove top of one of my favorite designers HERE.
AND for way less money than similar handmade Moroccan and Spanish tile in the $100 plus a square foot range.
Grout Color We Chose for the Tile Behind the Stove Top
I wanted a darker grout color than the white we had for our previous tile oven backsplash before so it would be easier to clean.
I chose the same pearl gray grout found at Lowes or Home Depot that we used in our master or primary bathroom shower. (see it HERE)
Cost of the Installing the Tile Behind the Stove Top
In total we spent less than $60 on the tile installing it ourselves.
Since we found this Moroccan style tile in the clearance aisle, if you were ordering the tile new from a tile store, I would expect that you would pay double or triple for the tile that we found.
We were lucky to have the thin set and grout left over from other tile projects and did not need to purchase more.
DIY Demoing and Installing Tile Behind the Stove Top
The first thing we did was to take down the white subway tile behind the stovetop we had added just a few years before.
We reused the same ledger board for our tile behind the stove top as we had before.
We mixed up the thin set and added our new vintage style Moroccan tile behind the stove top.
We chose the most vibrant least distressed tile from the tile box that we purchased centering the tile above the stove.
Lastly, I finished the tile off with pearl grey grout.
In all we were able to finish tiling our kitchen oven backsplash in just a few hours over the weekend before Thanksgiving.
I LOVE the look and pop of color, pattern and old world feel of our new tile behind the stove top and the character it brings to our farmhouse kitchen.
If you are thinking about making a simple change that makes a big statement to your kitchen tile behind the stove top, I hope this inspires you to give it a try at your home