I cannot tell you how GOOD it feels so good to be back with another easy DIY! So much has happened since January, but also not a whole lot has been accomplished. My fellow parents will understand- we’re mostly just staying afloat around here. I’ve been sharing updates here and there on our basement renovation which has been *ahem* a bit slow. No offense to Tyler who’s been busting his tail down there most evenings. After a full day with a toddler and a baby, I am just absolutely spent. You guys with 3, 4, 5 (!!!!!) kiddos- I don’t know how you do it! Parenting is the true embodiment of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
Anywhooo, I’m back at it with a quick naptime project that honestly blew my mind. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn’t anything this good. The grout in our master bathroom has been disgusting since week one of living in this house. We don’t think the previous owners/flippers sealed the grout because it immediately took to staining. This off-white grout turned to brown almost immediately and has been this way ever since. UNTIL TODAY.
I know. Years of nasty soaked into this grout. So I decided to do a little research on painting grout but it just seemed like a lot of tedious work with a tiny paint brush for a potentially cheesy final look. I stumbled across Polyblend Grout Renew colorant and sealer at Home Depot and gave it a shot.
Grout Renew is an acrylic stain that works a lot like wood stain. Brush it on, wipe it off, done! And the best part is- it also seals it. I live for a good 2-in-1 solution and THIS IS IT.
Step one is to make sure the floors and grout lines are clean and free of any gunk that would prevent the product from being absorbed into the porous surface. Next, I poured a small amount of the Grout Renew in a container (a little goes a long way- plus this cuts down on the vapors) and flipped on the bathroom fan to help ventilate. With a nitrile glove on, I dipped the toothbrush into the Grout Renew and brushed it up and down the grout lines, working in small sections at a time. Don’t worry about getting the color on your tile (as long as your tiles are sealed). Let the color sit for a minute or two and wipe away. Some areas took an additional application.
It’s as easy as that. Staining the grout in our small bathroom took me less than 30 minutes! The included sealant should protect from future stains, too! Check out this before and after!
My favorite thing about this colorant is that it doesn’t look like I just painted over the nastiness with white paint. It actually looks like new grout!
There you have it! Hopefully I’m not the only one with nasty grout and someone out there finds this helpful! This post is not sponsored- we just love sharing products that work. My DIY list is getting longer by the day! Join our mailing list over there (–>) if you want to get an email notification when we post! See you next time!