Grout Filler

I am not sure why I haven’t posted in a month.  Over a month. A month and two days to be exact.

We have had a lot going on with work and some personal business. I put down the camera a few weeks ago and actually enjoyed our time apart. Everyone needs some space sometimes. We haven’t stopped working on the house so there is a lot you missed. And a lot you didn’t miss.  Like the big bathroom reveal. It’s one little curtain project away and then I’ll share the final photos.

While I was busy avoiding the last curtain project for the downstairs bathroom I took on another grout project in the upstairs bathroom over the weekend. This project had been on my calendar for months.  Last year I re-caulked the bathroom here but the grout was starting to fall out in spots.

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And after I put a knife to each grout line it was falling out all over the place. It was almost as if some spots in the grout were thin-walled like whoever grouted it before rushed the job and didn’t push the grout between the tiles.

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Friday night I was starting to wonder why I had gotten myself into this mess. The shower wasn’t really that bad until I scrapped out most of the grout and caulk.

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I decided to apply new grout using the same grout tube I had used from ACE hardware before. The spots I had patched a year ago were holding up. And this eliminated the good chance that I would mess up the grout mixture and it would all fall out again in another year.

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Each line was filled by hand and the result looks pretty good if I must say so myself. (I’m inserting a pat on my back here.)

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The last step was to caulk the tub which was done after a day and a half of grout drying time. I used painters tape for a perfectly straight line.

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The final result isn’t as perfect as I had hoped. In my mind I pictured a “looks brand new!” shower. Which it doesn’t look like. But it’s better than before.

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And I’m hoping the next time we touch this shower and tub will be to replace it with a deeper tub that soaks more than just my backside.

What has everyone been up to? Any fun projects?

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