Here are some photos of the backsplash installation. This part dramatically changed the feeling of the space.
Here you can see a little look at the honey coloured wood that used to be here.
I added some wood corner pieces on the corners of the walls to conceal the tile edge as well as crown moulding along the top of valance. It took me several weeks to complete all of my finishing touches when the tiling itself was only 5 hours when done by someone we hired. I like learning and every time it gets a bit easier to install moulding and other architectural details.
It looks like a different kitchen and it still has the same elements, just a lot has been added to embellish and customize it.