The word “renovation” gives most homeowners a tight feeling in their chest. The amount of money that can go into home makeovers is astronomical. But what’s a homeowner to do to when their tile floors, showers, and backsplashes look dated, or worse, dirty and stained?
We have two words for you: grout paint.
Whether in kitchens, bathrooms, or any other tiled area, it’s easy to get discouraged by the state of your tile. Hours of scrubbing and harsh chemicals rarely remove those uneven and stubborn stains. You may be living with tile grout that’s in great shape, but don’t love the look and feel of the color scheme. Grout paint products work wonderfully to change the look of a tiled area with only a few hours work and a couple of dollars invested.
The way it works is simple. First, make sure your tile is a sealed non-porous tile. The paint will stain the tile if your tile isn’t glazed. (If you aren’t certain, try using the product on a small inconspicuous area first.) On clean and dry grout, use a small paintbrush to paint the grout joints. Paint small areas at a time and wipe away any excess that ends up on tile surfaces before it dries. We recommend small pieces of paper towels for this job. Once they’re soaked with paint they can be tossed. Allow the grout paint to dry and keep the area free of moisture for 72 full hours. (This may feel tedious, but is considerably less headache than a full room renovation!)
This video gives great step-by-step instructions.
The possibilities of this product are truly endless! You aren’t limited to using original grout colors either. You could change dark grout to light or white grout for a fresh look. You could go darker for the popular contrasting look of white tile with black or charcoal grout. If your home’s decor uses cooler tones throughout and you currently have brown grout, try using a light gray to completely transform your tile without the headache and cost.
Not only will your room appear cleaner, but it will feel as though you’ve installed brand new tile! The paint also works to seal grout to protect it for years to come. This product is a game changer if you’re itching to update a room but don’t have the budget. This is a great project to do before listing your home to refresh and brighten up stained areas.
These are some of our favorite products for this job:
- This product comes in a ready to use pen for easy application.
- Grout Renew is a great product for painting and sealing grout.
- This kneepad makes floor jobs less strain.
- Artist brushes are a key tool for painting the grout lines.
Have you ever used grout paint on your tiles? What tips do you have for other homeowners hoping to do a similar project?
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