All about the tile- Week five of the One Room Challenge


Thank you for stopping by. If you are new here, I’m sending a big wave to you. Or maybe more of a half-hearted wave as it’s hard to raise my arms after tiling this week.

So we’ve made it to week five of the One Room Challenge. If you are unfamiliar with the ORC, it is a bi-annual design event started by Linda at calling it home. This event brings together 20 featured designers and several guest participants in a supportive, enthusiastic forum to share the process of transforming a room IN JUST SIX WEEKS! The participants then blog about their process along the way. To see our journey with our kitchen refresh so far.


This brings us to week five and the tile backsplash (oh, and I snuck in a concrete countertop).

I debated the backsplash for days. I wanted something that would be on-trend without being too trendy and something that would add some color/texture or interest since it is seen from all of the common areas of the Lake House. Here are the final contenders I narrowed it down to.

Tiles images

In the end, I choose the green glass subway tile from The Tile Shop. I loved that it would reflect the light around the kitchen. I have to say It’s perfect and I am in love with the green. After choosing the design, I then took days to decide on what pattern to lay the tile… do you see a pattern here?? Pun intended. 🙂

You can actually lay subway tile so many ways, and the only thing I was certain of was I didn’t want the traditional subway pattern; I felt that it would be too traditional and maybe a bit too busy.

Examples of Subway Tile Patterns

Examples of Subway Tile Patterns

I love the running bond pattern, but this was the first time my husband and I had ever laid tile, and it didn’t seem wise to go CRAZY. I wanted the tile to feel a bit more modern than cottagey, so I went with the stack bond. Here is a sneak peek.

Running bond subway tile

And a sneak peek of the concrete countertop

not quite finished.

Not quite finished.

We still have to finish the concrete and hang some lighting, but other than that, we should be ready for next week’s reveal. I’m beyond excited!!!

I want to take a moment to sincerely thank The Tile Shop for suppling the tile for this project. They were amazing to work with and so helpful for us as tile virgins.

The Tile Shop Logo

Thank you also to Better Homes and Garden, who is the media sponsor for The Once Room Challenge.


Be sure to come back next week for the final reveal! and in the meantime pop over and see what amazing transformations are going on with the featured designers here and the guest participants here.

See you next time,


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  1. Joannie says:

    Yay Libbie!!! You’re almost there and I love the green subway tile. It’s going to be amazing ❤️

  2. Emy says:

    Love the tile with the concrete countertop!! Can’t wait to see your finished room!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Thanks Emy, I had planned for concrete and ran into snags and then last minute found a solution and it’s now my favorite part of the space!

  3. Theresa Beauteeful Living says:

    Loving these sneak peeks. Can’t wait for next week’s reveal. Good luck!!

  4. You did a great job on the tiling, Libbie! I love the green glass and the concrete countertop together. Looking forward to seeing the final reveal.

  5. mary says:

    I love the green glass tile. We are doing a similar tile in our kitchen. Can’t wait to see your finished space next week!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks. It turned out to be the perfect choice. Hopefully it stays in place. 😉 good luck to you too! I am cheering you on from here!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I love that you did the Stack Bond. Its going to look soooo good!

  7. Jewel says:

    I had to sit and study your graphic. It was very educational. I can’t wait to see your space come together. It’s already looking so good!

  8. Very cool! I love the subway tile patterns So helpful!

  9. That is such a fun subway tile, I love the color! So excited to see your reveal!

  10. That’s a really beautiful tile choice! Looks gorgeous against the wood color. So excited to see your finished space!

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