Grout Part 2

So after our horrid experience scraping cement from between the many, MANY subway tiles in our bathroom, we’ve finally rounded a corner and are grateful to see that all the hard work was worth it. In many ways, it feels like we’re starting the year with a new shower.

So you can see the difference, I’ve captured a few ‘halfway there’ shots. While there are a few bits we need to go back over because we didn’t scour out enough of the old grout, we’re really happy with the overall result. It’s not a job I want to repeat anytime soon, but it has been worth it.

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Next we’re going to paint the yellowed rubber edging along the tub a bright white, and then go back and smooth out some of my botched plastering. Then we will be well and truly finished until we decide to gut the room and start over.

Any of those jobs that you’ve hated doing, but then loved the final result?

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3 comments

  1. In case you didn’t know, be sure to seal your hard work with silicone sealant. You will find it at the hardware store. It has to cure for 24-48 hours or longer. It makes the grout waterproof, so it is very important. This should be done once a year to keep the grout waterproof.

    It really looks nice and fresh and bright. What a great job!

    • PS: if the rubber won’t take paint, just scrape it all off (ooof, I know) and reapply like you did around the sink. It will probably look better anyway. Great job you two!

  2. Just to be clear, the silicone sealant is a clear watery liquid that you brush or wipe on the grout. It soaks into the grout. It is very smelly and you should ventilate while using it if possible. What I am talking about is not a rubbery application like you would use to seal a sink edge to the counter.

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