So my husband removed the old builder's grade beige 4x4 tile. (sorry no picture yet of that!) And the walls looked horrible!! At this point I am sure a contractor would have explained to me that the drywall would have to be either replaced or repaired.
(Please excuse the awful countertop. We WILL be replacing that as well as getting a new sink/faucet.)
I felt the walls were fine.
And in the fashion of the Nester with her window mistreatments, I went ahead and produced this: