One of the jobs we had to do with this house was install a tile back splash in our kitchen. To get the builder to do it was going to cost around $900 and that was just using a white or cream subway tile like this one:
There is nothing wrong with subway tiles we have used them in the past, but we wanted something timeless and would stand the test of time.
We went with a natural stone mosaic. The variety of stones and sizes made it an interesting tile that came in 12" x 12" tiles, that didn't need grouting. As this is a natural stone it is a lot more expensive than a man made tile. It should have been $15.95 per square foot; we got it for $13.50 per square foot.
We did have to seal the tile and should reseal it once a year; but that is a quick and easy job to do that doesn't take a lot of product. It is however expensive as we paid $50.80 for 1 quart; but as I said it will last us years:
It did take us a couple of weekends to complete the job, only due to dh's lack of time as he works generally one morning on a weekend.
Yes we do have a "junk/drop" area in this part of the kitchen.
Although I wasn't 100% sure on my choice, the more I live with it, the more I like it. As it is natural stone and marble, there are "odd" things happening in the colours and everything is not perfect. However I think that adds to the character.
I pulled out the bill and in total we paid $788.06 for the whole job. We bought everything from Faiola Import Company in Brampton Ontario. We have bought from them a few times now; despite the fact we have moved away from the area. They always have a variety of tiles and at prices that are comparable too other tiling stores.
We ended up getting a far superior product for less money than the builder would have charged us.