Woo hoo! The grout is going in today. Yay! Hubby is cleaning all of the granite with denatured alcohol prepping it for the grout.
We decided after a long "discussion" that we would go with the Laticrete SpectraLOCK stain proof (not) grout. It is an epoxy grout and the reviews are pretty good. The StarQuartz was not available locally and could only be ordered. I'm not comfortable choosing colors over the internet.
Lowe's had a very good selection of colors and had our granite installed in one of their kitchen displays so we hauled all of our choices to their counter and picked the color. We are going with natural grey (or gray).
While we were out and about (I'm on vacation the rest of the week), I told hubby about this tile I saw on sale at HD. I convinced him to take a look. He liked it AND the price was $5/sq ft cheaper than our original choice.
So here is the final backsplash tile at $6/sq ft. 33 sq ft = $198 saving us $165! I LOVE it.
Of course now I hate the wall color (too yellow) but it was a Valspar disaster anyway so it will be changed. I found a local SW paint store that is my new best friend.
What do you think of my backsplash? The savings alone are worth it I think.