Kitchen Grout Makeover

I hate grout. I especially hate tile and grout kitchen counters. They are so hard to keep clean! I love our home, but I’ve always hated our ugly tile counters with its even uglier brown grout. I’ve tried everything I can to get it back to the light sand color its supposed to be. No matter what, I can’t seem to get the grout to be anything other than nasty brown.

I searched DIY sites and blogs, and found this great tutorial from The Centsible Life. I’d read great reviews of Grout Renew, but her before and afters had me sold. I went out and grabbed a bottle for $11 bucks at Home Depot. I decided to go with natural gray rather than the sand. I’m hoping the gray won’t turn as ugly as the sand color did. Plus eventually I want to paint our cabinets white, and I think the gray will really compliment the look.

Here’s the before:

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Ew.ew.ew. Now don’t you judge me! The grout looked like this when we moved in. I’ve tried just about everything I could think of to take off the grime, including just scraping it with a flat head screwdriver! So after scrubbing it as best I could and letting it dry, I applied the grout renew.


I’m sooo happy with how the counters turned out. I just wish I’d listened to the advice I found on the tutorial, and took my time painting in the lines. I decided to cut corners and just slap the stuff on, and then come along and wipe it up after. Well, between looking after Piglet and doing my housewifey duties, a one day project turned into 3 days of tile scrubbing! But it was all worth it. Since I took apart my kitchen, I decided to reorganize while I was at it. I am much happier with how I’ve rearranged things. I have more counter space now, and I’m happier with my kitchen in general. I still wish we could afford to replace the counters with a solid surface like granite, but this will do for now.

P1090729Next up on my kitchen wishlist is updating the horrible lighting. We’re going to get recessed lighting put in, hopefully sometime in the next couple of month. Then I just have to convince Match to help me tackle painting the cabinets white. I’m sure he’ll think that’s a great use of his free time! 😉