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6.24.2016

Scream and Grout

Alright, time to get back to the kitchen. We grouted! I have been digging the white subway tiles with dark grout look, so we picked up this grout in charcoal. It was the darkest color grout available, and is pretty much the same color as our counter tops. 
Let me tell you, there's nothing like smearing essentially black grout on your newly laid white tiles. Yeah, this didn't cause me any anxiety at all.
As far as the grouting process goes, we spread the grout on with a grout float; working no more than 2-3 feet at a time. Then, we would immediately wipe off the excess with wet towels. We had a big bucket of water that we kept in the sink and would continuously fill and dump as the water was dirtied up with grout. We always wanted to be working with the cleanest water possible.
Some grouts you can spread over the entirety of your surface and clean off later, but this particular brand of grout did not work that way. That stuff began to harden really quick, so I'm glad we took the time to watch a few videos and read all the instructions carefully before starting.
Grouting is by far the most satisfying step in the tiling process. The tiles go from unfinished to finished with one swipe of the cloth. It's like magic!
This is also the cleanest our kitchen has been in ages. Oh, and don't mind that little paint swatch you're seeing here. We're in the process of picking a paint color, but that's not it.
After the grout dried, we updated the outlets to tamper-resistant ones and switched to white outlet covers too. The old outlets just looked so dirty and dingy next to the new white tile. I'm torn on the covers though. The whites don't quite match. I'm thinking gold might be fun, but these will work fine for the time being. 
We even updated a few of the outlets to ones that have USB chargers! Look at us all living in the 21st century and everything. It's so convenient to just plug straight into the wall without having to mess with a converter anymore.
Finally, I had to include this last pic, as it probably shows the colors more true than any other photo I've taken thus far during this whole process. I didn't even have to edit it or anything! It was a photo miracle.
We are on our way to the finish line now. Painting and those final decorative touches are all we have left. Yay!

If you're new to the blog, you can catch up on the entire kitchen refresh by checking out the links below. Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Fantastic ! It really is a great look and very classy.

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    1. Thanks! It has been quite the labor of love. We're really pleased with how it's coming together. Thanks for reading!

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