I want to make a tile backsplash for the wall behind my stove shown above. Last year my 18 year old propane powered stove/oven finally could not be repaired. I had to get a new one that fit into the same spot. I had a beautiful Thermador tank that I loved but this time around, could not afford the price of a new one. The stove I got is okay but nothing like that Thermador cadillac. I'm used to it now but it is "tinny" feeling and I know it won't last as long as the old one. I will say, it has good power -- even more than my tired old stove. The last one had amazing insulation and the kitchen didn't get hot in the summer. This one's insulation stinks and in the summer I barely used the oven because it really raised the heat in the kitchen. I'm not a fan of hot kitchens - except in the winter like last night when it was 16 degrees outside.
I'm not sure what the tile backsplash is going to be yet but these photos have got me thinking. I will probably use purchased bisqued tiles and decorate them with underglazes. I will not put them on the wall permanently but will mount them on cement board and attach that to the wall somehow - like I did on the tile surround in our library. (Photo by Rikki Snyder from my book Crafting A Patterned Home available on my website at a 2 for 1 promotional offer now.)
Hope I can get to this project soon.