We're not complete on section 5, the wainscoting and molding, but we made unexpected progress on the back splash.
We hadn't really planned on addressing the back splash 'till a little way down the road. It was the one part of the kitchen that I didn't really have a specific vision for.
Then along came my father-in-law... he visits every summer for a week or 2. In addition to being a very loving grandpa to the 2 best grandchildren in the world, he is also a semi-retired general contractor.
He's built 2 of the houses Jim grew up in, among many other things... and for us, he's worked with Jim to put a deck on our town house and then our single family home.
When he arrived, our back splash looked like this:
I'm pretty sure he started twitching right away... then when I explained I didn't think we'd do anything for a while, I'm pretty sure he was ready to faint right there.
That is when he offered to tile the back splash for us. YAHOOO!!!
The next day Jim and Mr. B hit the Restore and picked up just what they needed, simple, elegant, white tile.
And now our back splash looks like this:
While I was prepared to live with the unfinished ugly one for a few months, I'm beyond thrilled that we don't have to.