How to refresh tile grout cheaply and easily and add comfort to your kitchen floor with a layered memory foam kitchen rug.
We’ve been slowly chipping away at the kitchen refresh this summer ever since Robert convinced me that we could make it look reeeeally amazing for very little.
I have to admit, he was right. (Shh… don’t tell him that. 😉 )
Here’s where the kitchen started last year.
Next on the agenda was definitely the tile floor with its brown grout that looked like it had seen better days.
So just for a quick refresh without major expense or mess, it now looks like this!
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Last fall, we spruced up the same brown grout / tan tile situation in Olivia’s bathroom. And it has lasted so well despite her splashing all over it with tub water on a daily basis, that I was finally convinced to use the same method on our kitchen floor.
I used 6 15mm pens for our entire kitchen and breakfast nook, roughly 350 square feet.
After the grody grout got a super white clean-up, I tried out one more flooring trick… layering a flatweave rug over a memory foam pad. I’ve officially reached the crazy back pain part of this pregnancy, so I can definitely feel it when I’m standing on tile floor for longer than 5 minutes washing pots and pans.
I always feel those squishy memory foam kitchen rugs in Walmart and think, “My achy back would really appreciate this.” But they’re never the right color or pattern or size for me.
So I found this 4×6 memory foam rug pad instead, and it has made washing dishes in the sink waaaaaay more pleasant. I think I’m officially sold on putting these underneath every rug we own now. That could just be the back pain talkin’. 😉
I put this wool flatweave rug over top of it since wool repels stains better than cotton or polyester does. So far, it has survived a very messy July 4th cookout with all kinds of food spills, so I’m pretty confident it’s going to hold up well for a long time.
It blends perfectly with our existing leathered granite countertop, which is what really spurred on this whole deep green / earth tone color swap. Work with what you have, right?
Next time you see this room, it will be totally finished! (I hope.) Well, for the refresh anyway. The full gut job we hope to do in here in a few years is a different story.
If you want to know about any of the sources we’ve used in here so far, you can find them here:
- Lower cabinet color: Sherwin Williams Billiard
- Upper cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
- Wool flatweave rug
- Memory foam rug pad
- Pendant light
- Aged brass cup pulls
- Aged brass knobs
- Pressed tin backsplash (DIY tutorial)
- Round tray
- Cake stand
- Hand towel
- Soap dispenser
Got any other tips for sprucing up old floors on the cheap? I’d love to hear about them! Share them below in the comments.
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