Grout Shout Out

I finally called someone to do the tile backsplash in the kitchen.  I feel like this is a cop out.  I had dreams (and nightmares) about us tackling this project ourselves but it really comes down to time.  I would like to get this done before Thanksgiving, but the hubs has a really busy month at work coming up so I just know this will linger on, and on, and on.  I don't want grout dust in my stuffing!

Where did my drive for DIY projects go?  I guess I lost it somewhere between 2 kids and working 35 hours per week in my big girl job.

How do you find good people for jobs like this?  I usually just start asking friends, people on my local parent listserve, and then I always ask my real estate agent friends (I'm lucky to have several in the biz).  So now I have a list of 3 or 4 people who I can call. 

As I have said before, my heart is set on a white subway tile backsplash (read more about that here).  Although I had considered doing a pattern of some sort behind the stove, I have now decided to just keep it clean and simple.  I'll be less likely to grow tired of it and it will always be in style and classy.  We have our awesome pot-filler back there anyway so that would cover up a portion of any detail back there anyway.  Keep it simple stupid.  (Woops, not supposed to say "stupid" anymore.)

Now I am down to choosing the grout color.  I am debating between white and gray.  I have ruled out black because I think it looks too geometric and schoolhouse somehow.  Don't ask.  It's just me.  This picture convinced me that I made the right decision on that.

Home Design Find

This question seems to be pretty widely discussed on Apartment Therapy and GardenWeb.

Here are some samples to peruse before you "vote".  I tried to find some pictures with white cabinets and black counter tops.  I'll listen but I won't necessarily do what you say!

via GardenWeb

Close-up of the above kitchen


Although the counters are not black like mine, this is a good comparison. 
Grout: Tec, Dove Gray - via GardenWeb
Close-up of the above kitchen

This is a gorgeous kitchen - love that oversized tile but I am wimp and will stick with the classic. 
via GardenWeb

So white or gray?!!  Tell me what you think.  Feel free to post links to your own subway tile but tell me the grout name.  Thanks!

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