How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout

Today, we’re sharing how to easily change the color of existing grout on a subway tiled backslash!

Do you 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 kitchen several years ago. I’ve wanted a white kitchen for THE longest time.

Like years and years.

If you have someone even the tinest bit resistant to a white kitchen, you sort of have to ease into it until they feel completely comfortable.

First, we installed a white subway tile back splash. Then we painted the kitchen walls before finally painting the kitchen cabinets.

I thought we were probably done.

But as you know, one thing usually leads to another and we ultimately installed and painted shiplap completing the kitchen makeover.

I haven’t regretted painting the cabinets or installing the shiplap, not a single day.

In fact, my only regret was that we didn’t paint them sooner.

How We Decided to Change the Color of the Existing Grout…

Shortly after we finished the subway tile makeover, I started feeling like there was something missing…

…like maybe it was too much white and not enough contrast from the cabinets to the black granite countertops. 

If you’ve been a friend of The Crowned Goat for even a minute, you know white is one of my all time favorite colors…

…and I did dream of having a farmhouse style kitchen for over 7 years…

But I just couldn’t shake the feeling something was amiss.Easily Change the Look of Existing Alabaster Colored Grout-The Crowned Goat

Choosing the Right Grout Color…

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 change the color of the existing grout on our subway tiled backsplash. 

The original grout color is called Alabaster.

Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout-Alabaster Before-The Crowned Goat

Selecting the Right Product…

I finally settled on product called Grout Recolor in Silverado by TEC which allows you to change the color of your existing grout in 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 use this project.

How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout – Steps…

Using caution and care remove any electrical outlet covers with a screwdriver and place a drop cloth over your countertops and/or surfaces to protect them.

Grout Recolor in Silverado-The Crowned Goat

As per the instructions, I shook the bottle well before I started this process.

First, 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 working in small sections.

While the grout color was still wet, I wiped off the excess 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 small toothbrush to make the application process a bit easier.

Repeat the process of applying the new grout color and wiping away the excess color until you have all the grout joints filled in.

Keep in mind, depending on what color you’re changing to 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 as per the instructions on the bottle.

How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout From Alabaster to Silverado-The Crowned Goat

Curing and Drying Time…

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 placed the outlet covers back on all the outlets.

As per the TEC Grout Recolor bottle, the curing time to recolor your existing grout is approximately 7-10 days. 

How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout-The Crowned Goat

I’m still surprised at how easy it was to recolor our existing grout. It definitely helped to add another subtle layer of interest to the kitchen too! 

How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout in a Cottage Style Kitchen-The Crowned Goat

It’s fun to look back and see all the different changes our kitchen has undergone over the years.

So many of our projects started out super small.  But always we always say, even small changes can have have a big impact!

How to Easily Change the Color of Existing Grout-Cottage Kitchen Vignette-The Crowned Goat

Have you ever used a grout recolor product before? We’d love to hear about your experience! 

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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  1. Looks good and well worth the effort

    1. Thank you bunches, Lili. It was way easier than I expected it to be 🙌 Hope your week has been filled with all good things, CoCo

  2. Looks great! I used the same product years ago in our old house. It’s amazing how easy it is to apply.

    Made a big change

    1. That is so exciting to hear, Cindy! I expected to it be much harder to change than it was so I’m pleasantly surprised with the way everything came together. Hope your week has been a blessed one, CoCo

    1. You are so welcome, Denise, hope your week has been a fun one so far, CoCo

  3. You made the right decision. It makes such a difference! And I love your white cabinets too. You have a real knack for decorating.

    1. Such sweet and kind words, Brenda, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. Hope your week has been a fun one, CoCo

  4. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    Wow! Such a wonderful project! Looks like an easy DIY that really makes a difference! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda, I really appreciate it. Hope you and your family are enjoying the lake life. I can’t believe it’s already time to kickoff the Fall season. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  5. So how does this product work. Does it come in colors? And you choose the color you want you grout to be? I currently have white subway with black grout and im wanting white grout

    1. They had several different colors to choose from, Rebecca. We were going from a creamy white/off white to a gray so I can’t vouch for how this product would work on black grout. There is also a product called Grout Pen to paint and recolor your grout that you might also want to check out. As far as I know, it’s sold on Amazon and at most local hardware stores too. I’ve never used it either but it’s worth doing some research and looking to see if it it might be a better fit since you’re going from dark to light. Hope this helps, CoCo

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