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.
Before & After Installing the Reclaimed Barrel Oak Real Wood Backsplash:
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.