My very active and vibrant parents, who are in their late 60s, decided last summer to re-do their very small, very outdated kitchen. This is something I know they have wanted to do since they moved into the house about 36 years ago, but of course, they could never afford it.
We are all very happy for them that they are finally doing it for themselves. They are not very handy, so they are not doing any of the work themselves. They started with Lowe's last summer (about 11 months ago!!!!) and it took about 8 months to get the cabinets, appliances, and floors installed. They had one problem after another with Lowe's - it was a real fiasco, but they are FINALLY nearing completion.
My mom who is just so-so with decorating and design has been making all the choices - she has asked for input along the way, and she is not too confident in her choices. Well, the latest thing to be completed was putting tile on the wall behind the sink - and then a very small part of another wall (behind the stove). She choice a natural looking stone (small stones) border and a plain tile to go with it.
I went over recently to see the tiles, and it doesn't match at ALL. The cabinets are cream. The counter is primarily brownish with specks of different colors - really beautiful. The little rock tile border looks great with cupboards and counter - they are beiges and browns and creams. THE OTHER TILES THAT COVER THE WALL ARE DARK DINGY GRAY!!! My mom says she is "trying to get used to it" - I know she realizes she made a mistake. In a different light the tiles look white (which still was a bad choice) - but now on the wall they are GRAY.
My dad I know just wants to be DONE.
My mom is trying to be a trooper, but I know she does not like them. This is a kitchen she has waited for for 40 years.
QUESTION: Considering they cannot do any of work themselves - how much trouble is it to rip out the tile just put in and replace? Also, what kind of expense? It is a very small area of tile - behind the sink - under window- and then a little bit of a wall. Then a little bit of a wall behind the stove.
I really want them to have a kitchen they can walk into and LOVE. I want to advise them to get it ripped out and fixed, but I don't know the expense and trouble....
Any words of advice would be helpful!!!! Thanks!