GROUT: Ghastly to Great!!!

Some of you that are my friends on Facebook or Twitter have been following my kitchen grout dilema! Hubby and I decided to tile the kitchen about 6 years ago--neither one of us having ever tiled anything before, were like the blind leading the blind in Home Depot. For some unknown reason I chose a light sand colored grout (like the sand in the Gulf). Over the years, it has become dingy and stained and no amount of products, by themselves, or mixed by my experimentation in my homemade chemistry lab (also known as the kitchen), would work!

But Wednesday evening, the Twitter gods shined down on me and my Grout Angel, also known as Antique Mommy, sent me a message about a product called "Grout Renew" an All-in one colorant and sealer. So yesterday I ran right out, well, actually drove, cause here in South Alabama it was about 97 degrees with what felt like a heat index of 110, and I wouldn't have made it further than the end of my street before passing out, ummm...where was I? Oh yeah, I drove over to Home Depot and picked me up some magic in a bottle!

I chose a color called "Sandstone"...uh-oh! Not the sand color again! No, this one is a darker taupe color, like the sand on the east coast of Florida. Also picked up some little spongey things on a stick to paint with (also recommended by Antique Mommy), came home and got to work!

Four hours later I was finished and looking over my kitchen floor with the smugness of a Grout Colorant Expert! Ok, well, that's a little bit of a stretch. But I was really pleased with the results! It probably wouldn't have taken that long except I went back over a few places once I got the hang of it! ('Before' and 'After' pictures below for your viewing enjoyment!)

It just goes to show, out there in Cyberland, not only are there great friends to be made, but a wealth of information waiting to be discovered!

A sampling of products I used in my desperation...
The floors "before"...you might think they don't look so bad, but...
closer up this is the nasty grout!
Drove over to my local Home Depot...
Excited about getting started with the "Grout Renew"!
After...
After...
After...

13 sweet friends had to say...:

Antique Mommy said...

That looks awesome!

Lynne said...

Great job - I like the darker grout.

Musicaljean said...

Awesome!!! So did you do all that on your hands and knees? Ouch.

Tracey-RealEstateGirl said...

hands, knees, butt, yeah...I'm paying for it today!!! Hurting big time!!!

Judy said...

Hey Tracey! You and I have e-mailed each other a year or so ago. I'm in Montgomery too, not too far from you I don't think (in Dalraida).

Just wanted to let you know you can check out my post from August 5, 2008 about how I painstakingly hand painted each and every grout line in my kitchen (thanks to a tip from Rhoda that she gave me while we were shopping) and so far,it has held up really well.

Judy

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Great Job!
I'm glad to see you blogging again~ it's to hot to do much else.

nancygrayce said...

I think I have that exact same tile! AND I need some of that stuff!!!! I may be too old to get down and scrub it in though!

Tonja said...

Tracey, they look great! I know how good it feels to complete a project like that and to feel so proud of the results! And, YOU did it!

You kind words to me during the last few days have been so uplifting. I thank you for your kindness!

Mag Mom said...

Beautiful floors! I can't wait for things to get back to normal so I can put tile in my kitchen and entry way.

Musicaljean said...

Hey, girl! Now you got me checking here every day, so it's time to post something, ha, ha!

The Dyer Family said...

omg - they look great!! the grout in my bathrooms is atrocious. it has never been updated since 1956,and i have tried every which way to sunday to clean it. i once used a paste made of bleach, water, and borax. it helped a little. i will definitely check this product out!!!

violetlady said...

Great product! I will have to try that!

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