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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.

Supplies Used: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

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.

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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:

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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. That is sooooo satisfying to look at!! I just added a grout pen to my cart on Amazon for the next time I place an order.

    1. Janice, Great question. There is a sealer that blocks out dirt and water absorption. You can clean your floors as usual.

  2. Amazing! We have porcelain tile in the kitchen that I have been afraid to mess with. Your bathroom update gives me courage! Thanks so much! Will it need to be sealed, or does that pen do it all in one step? Thank you.

    1. It is water resistant, but not water proof, so I don’t think it’s meant to work on a shower on its own. However, I’m curious if you could use it on shower grout and then seal it with a marine grade polyurethane. Might be worth a shot?

      1. You shouldn’t need a marine grade poly. Just get a good sealer and a grout pen should hold up just as well as my semi-quick fix has on my grout.

        After painting (yes, painting) my grout, I used a grout sealer called TileLab Penetrating Grout Sealer by 4Care. It comes in a bottle with a convenient grout wide stiff brush on top… just squeeze and brush on as you go down the grout. 24 hours later, since my hideous tile is also porous, I then wiped the entire shower tile walls down (including grout) with Professional’s Choice 511 Impregnator Sealer by Miracle Sealants Company… both products are available at Lowes and I’m sure Home Depot as well. Now both my grout and tile are sealed; grout doubly so.

        Wish I’d known about grout pens before I spent DAYS painting my old shower grout with acrylic craft paint and a stiff artist brush! My old grout is like porous brick mortar… crumbling in spots, chunked out in others and in just really really bad shape; but I can’t afford a proper fix right now so what I did is bandaid surgery/lipstick on a pig. And, after sealing with a good tile & grout sealer, so far it’s holding up grandly!! Just wish now I’d thought to paint my hideous tile as well before I sealed everything!

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