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The Green Bathroom’s Last Step: Grouting

I know, you thought I’d never finish the green bathroom. And, well, technically, I’m not. I’ve only finished just the floor. I still have several other projects and updates planned for this little space, but the floor was certainly the most dramatic!

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There were so many steps involved in this project, but I wouldn’t classify it as difficult. It was just more involved that I had planned, but I am super pumped to say- I did it all by myself! It was me on my hands and knees busting up tile, cutting backerboard, sealing backerboard, cutting tile, gluing tile and now grouting tile!

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Once I got all of the tile cut and glued, it was time to get started grouting. It was my first time laying tile, so it’s not perfect. But I was proud of getting this entire room done by myself!

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Before I did the grouting, I did a cleaning of the tile. I vacuumed each little crevice to get dust, debris, or glue out. I then swept the tile countless times before actually grouting.

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Using a grout floater, I smeared the grout all over the floor. Again, this was a trial by fire process. I debated using Mapei‘s Pearl Gray vs. Mapei’s Timberwolf. I was leaning heavily to Pearl Gray to give it a more antiqued/vintage look with the dark grout, but I didn’t want it to stand out starkly against the speckles in the white tile trim on the wall. I eventually chose Timberwolf because the gray color was very similar to the speckles, so it enhanced really well. It took two full 10lb bags to grout the entire room. I did a lot of cleaning and wiping after grouting. I’ll admit, grouting was my least favorite step, but it also was a dramatic effect I loved.

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I tried to work in sections. I started at the far end of the room and worked my way back towards the door. After I got the entire room grouted, I let it sit overnight. By the next day, it had dried. It dries slightly lighter than how it looks wet.

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This portion of the project, however not fun, wasn’t necessarily difficult. It just was really messy, but I’m happy with the Timberwolf choice. A different house, I might choose Pearl Gray.

Now that the grouting is done, get ready for the reveal of the floor! Then we start the next project in the Green Bathroom: the vanity. Finally!


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6 thoughts on “The Green Bathroom’s Last Step: Grouting

  1. Oooh… love that gray color! We’re about to start a bathroom remodel so I’ve been paying close attention to how yours is going! 🙂

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