• Tell Your Friends

If you’re like me and this summer’s (crazy!) record-breaking high temps have you looking for a weekend project that won’t cause you to break a sweat, then I have just the project for you: reviving your bathroom’s stained grout. Don’t worry, this is WAY easier than it sounds, costs less than $20 and no grinder or chisel is needed.

bathroom tile before

My sad bathroom floor before. This is the original 1950′s tile and, although you can’t tell, is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.

Start with a trip to your local hardware store for cleaning supplies like a scrubby sponge, non-abrasive cleanser (such as Bon Ami or Comet) and a grout paint pen — these are in the tile department typically right next to the grout and cost around $6. Tip: Don’t trust the manufacturers’ coverage estimates; my bathroom floor is only 5′ x 8′ and I needed 2 pens.

First, clean the tile and grout, making sure to remove all powdery cleanser residue and allow it to thoroughly dry.

painting bathroom grout

If you’ve used a paint pen before, then you know the drill: Shake it for about 2 minutes to mix the paint, then press the tip down until paint begins to flow. I started working in the corner furthest from the door which, for me, was around the toilet base. Keep a damp paper towel handy to clean up any errant smears but, honestly, I found that with a little pressure the pen easily stayed in the grout lines. Also, some grout lines needed 2 or 3 coats of paint to achieve a consistent white color; just give them another pass while wet — no waiting between coats necessary. The paint begins to set up in just a few minutes but allow 3 hours dry time before any heavy foot traffic.

bathroom tile after painting grout

And…voila! Just a few hours later, my 50-year-old bathroom floor looks (almost!) like new.

UPDATE: Several of you asked about my paint colors so here you go. Both the bathroom and bedroom paints are Valspar which is available at Lowe’s. The bathroom paint is High Noon in a semi-gloss and the bedroom paint (visible in the after photo) is Nostalgia in a satin. Happy Painting!

Ready to tackle your own summer project? Check out our features: bathroom fast fixes and summer design ideas at hgtv.com.

46 Responses

  1. This web site Is Truly wonderful and amazing information maybe there is and looking so captivating.. I look and feel good to generally be here.. Keep sharing good things with buddies.. Thanks meant for sharing…

    tile and grout cleaning Perth

  2. This just proves that, with proper attention and maintenance, any home will look brand new even years after it was built. You just need a little effort and dedication.

  3. tile cleaning perth says:

    I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post in the future I was very happy to have found this site. I wanted to thank you for this excellent post.

  4. amflooring45 says:

    What a great website, i am searching in google from couple of days” but did not find any great way, but my search came to an end after visiting your website.!!!Do you have any more related website or ideas related to like your this post, it will help me in my further research work…Will keep following your website…

  5. […] here’s a before-and-after comparison, what do you think? See how I gave my master bathroom an easy update plus check out 100+ ways to update your bathroom on the […]

  6. smithglave says:

    Great info! Very simple and easy. Nobody can explain as interesting as this. I appreciate your time and effort on making things simple and easily understandable. I have bookmarked your site. Thanks

    tile cleaning perth

  7. Cindy Josef says:

    Well! You thoughts are amazing and I really appreciate. Regards Cindy Josef

  8. Hi there, Awesome publish. It comes with an situation with your website around internet explorer, could examination this? IE nonetheless may be the marketplace fundamental and also a massive section of other folks will probably pass over a person’s excellent writing because of this problem.

  9. We also recommend the use of rapid setting adhesive to minimize water-absorption through the back of the tile.

  10. eguzkwza says:

    I really enjoy this eguzkwza!

  11. Sherry says:

    I had the same tile. I washed the walls and went over it lightly with fine grit sandpaper. Then used a good mildew resistant primer then white glossy bathroom paint. Turned out perfect. Looks new.

Leave a Reply

H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...


Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Our best Easter decorating ideas, entertaining tips, and

  • Clever, DIY #Easter Basket Ideas for Kids + Adults

  • Popular makeovers from the HGTV hit series, Property

  • Popular makeovers from the HGTV hit series, Property