Today, we’re talking about how to change the existing grout color on a subway tiled backspash. Do you guys ever pine over something and then you finally get it and it’s not exactly what you thought it was going to be? That’s what happened with me and our white kitchen. I’ve wanted a white on white kitchen for THE longest time. Like years. Over the past 8 years, we’ve sort of eased into having a white on white kitchen. We installed a white subway tile backsplash, then painted the walls and finally last year we took the plunge and painted the kitchen cabinets white. I haven’t regretted painting the cabinets white, not a single day. In fact, my only regret was that we didn’t paint them sooner.
It’s been about a year now since I’ve had an all white kitchen save for the black granite countertops and hardware and while I love it all…I don’t know…I just kept looking at it thinking there was something missing. I know that sounds totally weird coming from me because as you guys already know, my favorite color is white and I did dream of having a farmhouse kitchen for 7 years. But I just couldn’t shake the feeling something was amiss.
I finally decided the kitchen was missing texture and maybe I needed a bit of color in the form of plants too. There are plenty of ways to add texture to a space and the kitchen backsplash seemed like the most logical place to start. After a bit of research online, I headed to Lowes to find a way to recolor the existing grout in our subway tiled backsplash. I should note here, my bestie S suggested I chose a gray grout from the get go. In my defense, the cabinets were still maple at the time and the walls had been painted a color called Green Tea virtually since the house was built. Needless to say, I was laser focused on having a white kitchen and if that meant picking out Alabaster grout so be it.
Fast forward to painting our kitchen cabinets (which changed everything) and me standing in grout aisle of Lowes trying to decide which gray to use. I settled on Grout Recolor in Silverado by TEC which allows you to change the color of your existing grout with just a few simple steps. Without a doubt, you’ll want to read and follow the directions on the back of the bottle provided by TEC if you choose to do this project. Using caution and care remove any electrical outlet covers at this time with a screwdriver and place a drop cloth over countertops and/or surfaces.
As per the instructions, I shook the bottle well before I started this process. I placed a narrow bead of grout recolor on the grout joint, then I used a toothbrush to spread the color evenly along the joint with a scrubbing motion and working in small sections.
While still wet, I wiped off the excess grout color from the surrounding tiles with a damp towel.
Some of the joints especially around the corners were a little tight so I had to put the grout recolor directly on the toothbrush before applying. As you can see I used a child’s toothbrush that had a small head.
You basically keep applying and wiping away the excess grout until you have all the grout joints filled in. Keep in mind depending on what color you’re changing you may need more than one coat. It was much easier to apply two thin coats than one really thick coat. We waited about 45 minutes to reapply between each coat.
After about 4 hours we wiped down all the tiles with a damp cloth just to make sure there wasn’t any extra residue on them. We also place the outlet covers back on all the outlets. As per the TEC Grout Recolor bottle curing time is approximately 7-10 days so we were extra careful during that time.
I still have a couple of things I want to do bring in a bit more texture before I’m ready to reveal more of the kitchen but things are definitely progressing. Have you guys ever used a grout recolor product before? I’d love to know!