I always loved marble. Always. But the cost of adding a marble counter top was out of the question. So when I came to this fork in the backsplash road, we decided on a marble patterned backsplash that was on sale. During one Sunday, we put up the backsplash and 4 months later during an 8 hour window, I added the grout.
The grout. This was a love-hate-hate relationship. Because we were dealing with marble, I did a lot of research - it's important to get non-sanded grout, sealer, wiping down, etc. My best teacher was Thrifty Decor Chic with her marble tile instal tutorial.
During the cabinet installation, my brother added the crown molding and baseboards. Since then, I have finished by sanding, filling in the gaps and painting both.
Also, I painted the exposed walls with the same color that were recently painted in the living room - Moonshine by Benjamin Moore. I love looking through the spaces and seeing a uniform color.
Left to finish: floating shelves around windows, windowsill, paint the ceiling (need a tall ladder), paint under cabinets, and whatever else I find in the process.