GUEST POST BY INTERIOR DESIGNER KYLE SCHUNEMAN
I moved into my Chicago loft about 3 years ago and the previous owners owned a mosaic tile company so, as you can imagine, there was mosaic tile EVERYWHERE. It’s been my interior design journey over the years to replace all that 90s tile with a design that reflects my own personal taste—modern, masculine, and warm.
The kitchen was one of my biggest headaches because they covered it head-to-toe tile and being open to the main living room/dining room there was no escaping it. I looked at different backsplash options and nothing really connected with me. When I saw that Stikwood could add Splash Safe to any order I thought “AHA!” a wood backsplash! It would totally meet my design aesthetic and my favorite part is that it’s unique.
As soon as I received the product, I put up the Reclaimed Barrel Oak wood in a day and it immediately warmed up the entire loft! Before, the main wall of the kitchen was a dreary off white tile but now the contrasting wood really anchors the space. It’s a showstopping wood backsplash that is a conversation starter for anyone who comes over too. Because of the Splash Safe I don’t need to be worried about it behind the sink and stovetop because everything just wipes right off.
I put up the Reclaimed Barrel Oak wood in a day and it immediately warmed up the entire loft! Before, the main wall of the kitchen was a dreary off white tile but now the contrasting wood really anchors the space.
I loved the wood backsplash so much in the kitchen that I decided to use the same Reclaimed Barrel Oak on my fireplace in the connecting living room. This time I didn’t need to use the Splash Safe but I covered the top half of the fireplace with Stikwood and then re-tiled the bottom half with black hexagon tiles.
Because I'm so happy with the results of my wood backsplash so much, I'm now thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets black! Stay tuned!