Removing the doors from a few choice upper cabinets is a simple way to introduce open shelving to your kitchen. The beautiful kitchen pictured above inspired to integrate the look by tiling open cabinet backs. While the cabinets shown above appear to be actual open shelves hanging on a tiled wall, tiling the back of an open cabinet could achieve similar results.
Over at 320 Sycamore, the backs of glass-doored cabinets were tiled with penny tile (pictured above). Visit the blog to see how it was done if you're interested in accomplishing the look. It appears blogger Melissa used the stick-on tile adhesive, Bondera.
If you wish to remove the doors and tile the backs of your own cabinets, we would suggest assuring the cabinets are first well-secured to the walls. The tile is going on the back surface of the cabinet, so its weight will not be cantilevering off of the wall. The tile, adhesive, and grout will, however, still add weight to the cabinet and should be considered before installing.