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Old 06-23-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Do you think it's a horrible idea to do a sea shell backsplash in the kitchen? I'm not looking to resell, ever. But we live mins from the Atlantic and I wanted to design my own backsplash in our new kitchen. Something like the picture attached, only with sea horses also. I have a very large collection of shells and always collecting more. I love to be crafty. I know this would be a huge project, but I would love to do it. I know it would need to be sealed, but what do you think? I want to be different.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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1. It's your house. You should do with it whatever makes you happy.
2. That's a lovely backsplash in the photo. I can see how it could make an attractive, intriguing statement in your kitchen.
3. If you do it yourself, it could be a great project...a great creative outlet.

I say go for it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you!!! I feel the same way. I want to leave my mark...so to speak. I love being creative and hope hubby will think it's a good idea too!!
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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I think it's a great idea, especially since you live in a beach area. Go for it!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Tricity
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I would do it rather in the bathrooms. You could make it a really great sea/beach project with all you shells, seahorses, etc. and other stuff that is related to the ocean location. Even other rooms, like dining or bedrooms in that theme would look great, but kitchen? hmmmm... I just can imagine that this kind of back splash will be hard to keep clean.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:55 AM
 
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you could also do it on a board that was measures to fit the back splash. screw that into the wall and do your project on that. then you could take it with you if you moved or take it own if you wanted to change it. I think it would be very cool with the added seahorses
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I say it is your house like the other posters say, and it is not up to us whether we like it or not, it doesnt matter, you have to like it......because you have to live with it.

and as far as re-sale, who cares....you will cross that bridge when you get to it, and maybe you might not ever get to that point....

so enjoy your sea shells......
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Balt / DC / ATL / SF / Seattle
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I could see doing it the bathroom like the other poster mentioned. For the kitchen, maybe do it everywhere but behind the stove (maybe use a stainless sheet there). I could see that being a nightmare to clean behind the stove unless you sealed it really well.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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Agree with some of the above. If you do it in the kitchen, don't put it everywhere just a above stove or sink depending on your setup. I like the bathroom idea though. I think it justs fits better from a design and decorating perspective. The example you showed did look nice and was tastefully done. Not as cluttered looking as I thought it would be when I look closer at the large view. Another thought would be to put it on a raised panel type backing creating a shell arrangement that could be hung anywhere. This way if you do it in a size that could fit behind your stove you can put it there or if you get tired of it you can move it anywhere. Plus, it would be easy to take down and clean. Other benefits would be no issue with needing to remove, redecorate or resale, and you still are being creative.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I'm not fond of it...sorry.
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