This was probably one of the least fun projects I’ve done. I completed this one all by myself while Jon was out of town!
The kitchen in the home appears quite incongruous. It’s got all kinds of little weird surprises that clearly happened while the property was being flipped- like the lightswitch that didn’t quite fit so the workers just cut the plate to make it fit, or the door frame that’s partly white baseboard trim and partly the old dark stained wood. Classy. But the part that stands out the most is the juxtaposition of the cool tile backsplash, dark wood cabinets, and granite countertops with the very old PINK stone floor. Yes, pink floor. At some point, someone in this home was obsessed with pink- remember that everything in the bathroom, including the tub, walls, and details on the insane chandelier, was pink at one point. As best I can tell, this is likely a pink travertine.
I researched for ages trying to find an affordable way to stain the stone brown, and tried many of them out- hair dye included. Nothing worked. I found some expensive chemicals that might work and some techniques that involved basically roughing up the tile and staining it. The former seemed cost-prohibitive (and possibly ineffective), while the latter seemed potentially quite time-consuming and difficult- basically both solutions led me to believe it would be better to just replace the tile rather than changing its color.
While that’s not currently in the cards, I thought I could at least make the tile fit in better by repairing the old crumbled grout and better matching it to the cabinets and the rest of the house. Although it’s racked up a ton of negative reviews, I went with Polyfill non-sanded grout from Home Depot. A worker was nice enough to allow me to take a small sample home to see if the color was right (since many of those bad reviews also claim the color was off). It was perfect! We bought a huge bag of it. What I didn’t consider at the time is that the recommended surface area for the grout is much different than how much grout it will take to fill in holes and add a layer to already full grout! I didn’t use nearly the full amount.
As you can see, the dark color does help bring everything together in the kitchen a little better.
Grouting tile is really tricky- even after watching countless YouTube videos, I struggled with my technique. Getting all the grout haze up off the tile afterward with big sponges is exhausting! I think next time I’d rather pay for someone to do this, if possible.
Hopefully the “next time” I speak of will be just replacing this hideous floor!!