I moved into my house in April and like every new homeowner I'm
constantly finding things that I'd like changed. The previous owner
could not have had an uglier style, in my opinion, and I'm always
trying to find ways to fix (preferably cheaply) the things that he
installed. My current problem is the tile, and especially the grout,
on the kitchen counters and backsplash.
From what I can tell from looking under the cabinets there used to be
standard formica countertops in the kitchen that he put some kind of a
concrete (?) and wire mesh over and then covered that with purple (and
I mean purple) porcelain tiles. The color would not have been my
choice, and in a perfect world I would have them changed and a new
countertop surface installed. I am not rich however, and I'm wondering
if there's any way I can at least change the color of the even purpler
grout that he used.
My questions are:
- I know there is grout stain, but does that only work on lighter
- If grout stain isn't an option, is there a way to remove the old
grout and re-grout the surface?
- If I'm going to go to all that trouble, how much more trouble would
it be to put new tile in also?
- The kitchen is maybe 12x12 with counters on two walls and an
island/breakfast bar. There are tiles going up the wall to the upper
cabinets. What kind of price would a contractor charge me to come in
and replace all that tile?
Thanks a lot for your help.
1. Physically remove it...cut, chip...
2. Chemically remove it...eat up with acid
Easier than physically removing the grout.
Call a couple and ask.
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it's a paint sort of stuff. you paint on with a brush, wipe off the tiles.
let dry. lasts for years. it comes in lots of colors, and isn't a dye so can
be put on any color grout.
grind it out. laborious and if you miss, you wind up with scratched tiles.
it's easier, imo, to retile than regrout.
figure $8-30/sqft i would guess. it depends upon the subbase
(using/repairing what's there, as opposed to ripping it all out and starting
over), your location, time of year, and the tiles chosen. call some and
firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz) wrote in message
You can use grout colorant to change the color of your grout. It
applies like paint, so it completely covers the existing surface, and
acts as a sealant, as well.
I used AquaMix's grout colorant and sealant
(http://www.aquamix.com/gc.htm ) on my grout about a year ago, and
while it was a little tedious to apply, it really looks great. It
comes with a kind of toothbrush applicator, but I found that a small
angled paintbrush from the local craft store worked a lot better.
If you call their customer service, they will send you a free color
sample chart, too.
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