I'll be heading down this road in the near future, as the kitchen is the last part of my house that we haven't really done anything to. Besides a new fridge, range hood, cabinet hardware & cutting a hole in the wall to the dining room, the kitchen is the same as it was when we bought the house.
I'd be interested to see how your experience goes Justin. It's good to see how other people do things. On that note, do you have pictures of your tile Yontsey? We've been thinking about doing something similar in our kitchen.