Give your shower a makeover for $25.

A Tile Makeover. For Less Than You Think.

Think you can’t re-grout your tired and grungy tile? Well if I did it, you can.

There are a lot of things our Dad taught us, but one of the biggest things he bestowed was determination and the willingness to try. Sure I could have called a tile guy, but why when, from what I could see, the project before me was an opportunity to try something new, learn a skill and save serious cash as the same time. My husband thought I was a little insane for attempting this, but the cash saving he gets.

In addition, I want to make a point. This blog is not “Girly.” It is, however, about food, family, home and inspiration. My inspiration to tackle a very un-girly project is only one small part of that. My fellow writers are the other part. So let’s get started.

First, do a bit of online research so you are familiar with the lingo. Lots of sites give simple how to videos, and from my experience, I have to say, they are right. You can do this and it is not expensive, or all that time consuming. Second, you need to make a trip to your local home improvement store. Find a happy helpful associate and they will point you in the right direction.

Supplies:

Pre-mixed grout in your color (mine was just plain white, so it was simple to match)

A Grout Removal Tool (see photo below)
I went with the triangle looking one. It was touted to be better at hand removal, and at helping me avoid gouging or chipping the tile as I scraped. It did both.

A Grout Float.
This handy tool is for spreading the grout when it is wet. It worked like a dream.

A big sponge. (Found next to the Grout Removal tools)
This is for wiping the excess grout from the surface of the tiles, once your grout is laid in between the tiles.

Tile Grout Sealer.
This is so you don’t have to do this project again any time soon.

Utility or Heavy Duty Cleaning Gloves.
These keep your hands from the chemicals and the calluses.


How to
:

1. Get comfy and start-a-scraping. This part took the longest. You need to go at least 1/8″ deep into the old grout in order for the new grout to have something to grab on to. Be patient and take breaks. This is a bit messy, so a light face mask is also a good idea. Be diligent, and before you know it, the grout is gone. Clean up with either a shop vac or your handy dandy broom and dust pan.

2. Get those gloves on if you haven’t already. Get out the Grout Float and start pressing your new grout into the groves you just created. I did the entire shower floor, because Lord knows it needed it, but you can do this as a spot repair just as easily. It’s important to press the grout in between the tiles firmly, and then to smooth the top surface out gently. We don’t want our newly laid grout coming out as we smooth the top surface. Follow the directions on the grout container, as grout drying time may vary. I let the grout set for 5 or 10 minutes, and then moved on to step 3.

3. Clean your gloves of the globs of grout that they are covered with, and get your big sponge ready. Lightly moisten the sponge, wringing it out, and gently run the sponge across the top surface of the tiles. The goal here is to remove the grout film from the top of the tile before it dries, without removing it from in between the tile. You can do this.

4. Step back, get a drink (a Cosmopolitan would definitely be in order) and marvel at your fabulous shower makeover.

5. Wait and let it dry for at least  48 hours. Wait longer if you can.

6. Seal the tile grout. The sealer I purchased had a self applicator. It worked easily and quickly. Let the sealant dry and repeat.

7. Wait and let it dry for another 24 hours if you can stand it. Believe me you want this all good and dry before turning on the shower.

Enjoy your beautiful shower makeover!

Goodbye yucky old mildew stained and chipping grout.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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