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Painted Tile Grout Refresh

For the first time in years, we have a baby in the house again; a baby that is in the form of a 2 month old puppy. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen her. I promise I’ll introduce her more formally here on the blog later.)

In the time it took me to type those three sentences just now, she’s attacked my hair, chewed on a table leg, peed on the living room rug, and licked an electrical socket. Suffice it to say the home improvement projects have been at a bit of a slow down lately with a fluffy 8 pound rascal calling the shots.

But the very last home improvement project in Olivia’s bathroom makeover took less than 45 minutes! And that’s even on mischievous puppy time.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

Remember this floor? The brown-grout-that-had-seen-better-days floor? I was really feeling stuck on this one.

Part of me wanted to paint the whole floor; I toyed with stenciling some times, thought about laying down some vinyl plank wood flooring on top, or just leaving it and scrubbing it like a mad woman.

 So after getting some input from y’all in this last update post, the vast majority of you guys said to just clean it up and add a rug. (I usually have to be talked off of my cliff since I seldom can leave well enough alone.)

The whole point of this bathroom though has been to make a big change for as little money and as little effort as possible since it’s all going to be gutted (hopefully) in a couple of years anyway after we tackle some larger projects.

But that grout… I just couldn’t live with it.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

So for around $15, I made it look freshy fresh.

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That might be the shortest supplies list this blog has ever seen.

I sprayed all of the grout lines first with the Totally Awesome spray, let it sit for about 5 minutes to penetrate all of the dirt and grime, and then scrubbed with an old toothbrush. That cleaner really does live up to its name.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

Then dry.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

I have no idea where I’d heard of grout pens before, but since our master bathroom, kitchen, and breakfast nook all have this brownish grout, I thought this room would be the perfect spot to test them out.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

I’ve gotta tell ya, they are so satisfying. I bought three to be on the safe side, in case the grout paint ran out, but I only needed one for our entire bathroom floor. (Whatever company makes this grout pen, they have no idea who I am. I’m just sharing this because it worked well for me, and I thought it’d be helpful to pass along to some of y’all needing a quick refresh.)

Let the grout dry completely and then just trace the lines with the grout pen.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

SO eeeaaaaasy! The tiles themselves even look brighter because of the grout change.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

Pretty soon, I’ll put a bath rug on top of it, so the floor will hardly be noticeable. But I feel so much better about it now.

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

Now, the final step on the to-do list is mainly to decorate. The fun part!

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

So far, I’ve hung just 1 shelf to start playing with styling things, but it’ll get there. I’m still thinking some art, a new shower curtain, a window shade, that kind of stuff.

Here are all of the projects and sources that have gone into this space so far + our little to-do list left:

Painted Tile Grout Refresh | blesserhouse.com - A quick tutorial for how to clean and paint your grout to look brand new for $15 and under an hour. #homeimprovement #cleaning

If you want more ideas for jazzing up your floors, you can check out some of these past posts too:

Got any other quick floor refreshing ideas? Or puppy struggles at your house like we do? #SendCoffeeAndChewToys

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38 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I am SO sick of our tile and this DIY gives me hope! I will be trying this soon. Thanks so much! Looking forward to exploring your blog more 🙂

      1. Im wondering how your grout pen change has held up now? I used a colored pen a yr ago and now it seems like it’s even worse/more darker now 🙁

  2. Hi Lauren! this looks great and weirdly seems like it’s cleaner just because it’s new and white 😉 I want to use this on my tile walls in the area of tub/shower! Thank You so much for showing this! Have fun with your new puppy!

  3. Wow! That doesn’t even look like the same floor. Thanks for sharing. I am definite going to try that. Oh, and by the way, where did you find the shelf? I just love your blog.

  4. That is awesome. I know what I am buying now for the yucky floor, grout. Puppy problems…we have had our share with 3 dachshunds. I bought a playpen for them. It corrals them when you need to do something, but want to make sure they have room to play, and aren’t getting into things they don’t need to be into. Put it on tile, and then you don’t have to worry about the rug.

  5. That’s just what I need for my floors! Never heard of it before, but I like it. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. A perfect fix! Pulls out the lighter shades of the tile instead of the dark, perked up the floor immensely! Once you get it decorated, you will be really happy with it. It is more than livable until a remodel. You may even decide to forego the remodel!

  7. Your floor looks incredible. I’m a newish ? follower to your blog and wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. You are a very talented decorator and writer. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I’ve heard of these great grout pens before but never used them since I don’t have any tile. My what a terrific change. Your floor looks great!

    As to puppy woes– The thing to remember is that when you have a puppy he/she pretty much has to become your main job until she’s housetrained. Every moment of every day sorta revolves around their need to go out for potty breaks. 😉 If you can’t be that attentive, then put them in their crate. Dogs do not like to soil their bedding area. But do remember, a puppy can only wait to potty for so long–regardless of your schedule. Example: a 1 month old puppy can wait about an hour between breaks; 4 month old about 3-4 hours. Some breeds are truly more difficult to housebreak than others.

    As to chewing….Of course give them appropriate chew toys instead of your furniture. 😉 I had a puppy who started to chew on the door stop while I was getting ready for work. I happened to have some spray cologne in my hand and just spritzed a tiny bit on the door stop while I gave her a demonstrative “No!”. She tried it once more (got a teeny lick of apparently an awful taste!) and that was that. No more chewing ever again.

    Best of luck with your puppy. I love dogs. 🙂

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