The tile we chose is Barely Beige subway tile from Standard Tile with alabaster grout purchased at home depot.
We bought an inexpensive wet saw from Home Depot for the job and what a great investment. So much easier than renting.
The final step in the process is to re-paint the kitchen to match. We are going with Benjamin Moore's "Deep in Thought" which almost matches the tile exactly. Will post the final kitchen pictures once completely painted.