My new kitchen is coming along smashingly. I'm so glad I decided to do fake marble countertops and tile over the nasty backsplash. I painted over it first (below) but decided it wasn't a good enough fix. The kitchen seems open and bright now. I still have some finishing touches to do such as grouting the backsplash and sanding down the gloss on the countertops, painting a bit more cabinetry, reupholstering some chairs. I think you can see a small difference in the before and nearly after. The wallpaper on the end wall really pulls it together but you'll have to wait to see that!