The dirty grout miracle cure

Hey everyone! I hope you have had a great week this week. I spent the better part of an evening working on bathroom grout. Yup, fun stuff going on over here at the house of Hepworths.

Our guest bathroom is nothing to scream home about, but you know what? It has a functional shower, toilet, and sink with clean running water, so I can’t really be too disgusted with it. AmIright? I mean, there are so many people in the world that don’t even have clean water, so for me to complain that oh.em.gee. my countertop is tile instead of granite? makes me sound like a total brat.

Well, I guess I am still kind of a brat because the grout on the floor was seriously bugging me. It just looks dirty, and I can’t have my guests thinking I don’t know how to mop.

I mean, it just looks dirty. And no matter how many times I scrub it with a toothbrush and peroxide, or bleach, or scrubbing bubbles, or whatever other concoction I come up with, it still just looks like I never mop the floor. And that is just gross and pretty much unacceptable for a self-proclaimed grime-a-phobe.

I’ve read on many other blogs expert predictions (too many to even try to attempt to link back anywhere else) about a product called GroutRenew (this is NOT a sponsored post!). People swear by it and say it’s a miracle product.

I finally caved and bought a bottle. I was hesitant to try it because I’d rather actually clean the grout than just paint over the grime, but enough is enough. I can only scrub in vain so many times. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this tile grout is desperate. We do plan on doing a full gut at some point in the very far away, distant future, so I finally just figured, “we can’t replace it any time soon, so I might as well try to make it look good.”

Um… you guys… this stuff rocked my socks off. I was afraid I’d be all, “you can paint a pig but it will still look like a pig”, but nope, this is the real deal. I mean, check out this before and after. Crazytown I tell ya.

It is every bit at magical as they say. You paint it on like, well… paint… and then it dries this somewhat translucent color. It’s hard to really explain. I assumed it would go on like paint and when dry would look just like I actually painted the grout. But that isn’t the case. It went on like paint and it dried the color on the bottle, but the grout still looks every bit like natural unpainted grout. It has slightly darker spots, and slightly lighter spots. It almost looks like it just stained the grout a lighter color. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY is that it looks totally natural and you can’t even tell that it was ever painted.

I did not think this stuff would be as much of a miracle potion as it is, and I am now humbled and take back every negative thought I had about this product. In fact, I will now go and paint all the grout in the other two bathrooms, and I might even paint the grout in the laundry room too. This is how much of a convert I now am. I will bow down to the great and mighty GroutRenew.

I feel like I just got a brand new floor. No demo needed! After living through a kitchen demo and remodel, I am in no mood to do a demo any time soon, so this grout painting is now my new best friend.

before & after

  

Hot dawg, I just got me a brand new floor. I will now go and paint ALL THE THINGS everywhere.


     

Dave Ramsey’s Legacy Journey LIVE! coupon code

You guys, Dave Ramsey is coming to town!

As you might know, we are huge Dave Ramsey fans. (Read about our journey to financial peace here.) It’s hard not to be a fan when his book, The Total Money Makeover has completely transformed our lives.

He taught us how to budget and he gave us a plan to follow. I think the biggest thing he did for us though… he gave us hope. Hope that we could someday not have the stress and burden of the debt. Hope that some day we could drive a car that was paid off. Hope that one day we wouldn’t be weighed down by a mortgage. And hope that we could live free from the stresses that debt adds to our lives.

I think that’s why we love Dave Ramsey so much. He gave us hope. And that hope has turned into a financial freedom that brings us more happiness and empowerment than we could have thought possible. I never realized how much anxiety and stress I carried around with me until I paid off my car and finally drove around in a car that I completely owned. That is freedom.


Find this free printable here!

I am so stinkin’ excited that Dave Ramsey and his Daughter Rachel Cruz are coming to Austin (and several other cities, listed below). Ben and I attended the EntreLeadership event last year and it was so inspiring and empowering. We are beyond thrilled that our entire family gets to go see Dave again in a couple months at his new Legacy Journey LIVE!. This event takes our Financial Peace one step higher, helps us rekindle our fire, re-motivates us, and shows us how to teach our kids about money.

I am such a huge HUGE fan of Dave Ramsey and am so excited to let you guys know that I have partnered with his team for this event! Using the coupon codes listed below, you can save $10 off a ticket to the show, plus they are waiving the service fee.

My family will be attending the The Legacy Journey LIVE! in Austin, Texas, but the event will be in the following cities: Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle, WA; Dayton, OH; & Austin, TX. Each city has it’s own unique coupon code, so make sure you grab the correct one.

Here’s the deal:

  • Go to DaveRamsey.com/events/LJL
  • Purchase a ticket for you and your significant other. (We are also taking our two kids)
  • Use the coupon code below for your city to save $14.99 each ($10 off the ticket and waived $4.99 service fee)
    Legacy Journey Live! in Grand Rapids, MI
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 at DeVosHall at 7:00 p.m. 
  • General Admission: $49 ($39 w/code)
  • Premiere Seating: $69 ($59 w/code)
  • Backstage Experience: $199 ($189 w/code)
    (VIP seating plus meet Dave, get picture & signed book, hors d’oeuvres)
  • Code: HEPGR
  • Get tickets HERE
    Legacy Journey Live! in Pittsburgh, PA
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 at The Benedum Center at 7:00 p.m. 
  • General Admission: $49 ($39 w/code)
  • Premiere Seating: $69 ($59 w/code)
  • Backstage Experience: $199 ($189 w/code)
    (VIP seating plus meet Dave, get picture & signed book, hors d’oeuvres)
  • Code: HEPPA
  • Get tickets HERE
    Legacy Journey Live! in Seattle, WA
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Benaroya Hall at 7:00 p.m. 
  • General Admission: $49 ($39 w/code)
  • Premiere Seating: $69 ($59 w/code)
  • Backstage Experience: $199 ($189 w/code)
    (VIP seating plus meet Dave, get picture & signed book, hors d’oeuvres)
  • Code: HEPWA
  • Get tickets HERE
    Legacy Journey Live! in Dayton, OH
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Schuster Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. 
  • General Admission: $49 ($39 w/code)
  • Premiere Seating: $69 ($59 w/code)
  • Backstage Experience: $199 ($189 w/code)
    (VIP seating plus meet Dave, get picture & signed book, hors d’oeuvres)
  • Code: HEPOH
  • Get tickets HERE
    Legacy Journey Live! in Austin, TX
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Bass Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m. 
  • General Admission: $49 ($39 w/code)
  • Premiere Seating: $69 ($59 w/code)
  • Backstage Experience: $199 ($189 w/code)
    (VIP seating plus meet Dave, get picture & signed book, hors d’oeuvres)
  • Code: HEPTX
  • Get tickets HERE

Discounts and coupon codes apply for EntreLeadership as well: Grand Rapids, MI (Code: HEPGR); Pittsburgh, PA (Code: HEPPA); Seattle, WA (Code: HEPWA); Dayton, OH (Code: HEPOH)

*The coupon codes are not affiliate links. I do not receive any commission when you purchase tickets. However, my family was provided with tickets to the event.


     

Organizing in the kitchen: bakeware

Now that our kitchen is finally totally finished (minus painting some baseboards), I have gotten busy trying to make it organized. Today I’m tackling the cabinet above the microwave:

This cabinet is perfect for tall items like cookie sheets and cake pans. Instead of stacking them all on top of one another I think they would be easier to find and use if they are stacked upright in a row. I headed to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up two of these mesh organizer racks (similar can be found here).

When I got back home I tested them out and they fit perfectly!

I screwed them into the base of the cabinet using the screws provided. This way they won’t slip and slide or have my pans tip out and land on someones head.

To keep the microwave plug out of the way I used my favorite product – Command Brand. I bought some that are made for corralling cords (Command Cord Clips) and used it to hold the plug cord out of the way.

All installed and ready to load up!

Everything fits perfectly! The rack spaces are wide enough to hold even a cake pan.

These new racks are perfect because they hold all the cookie sheets, cake pans, cupcake pans, and everything in between without taking up valuable real estate in the lower cabinets. There is even enough room above to drill new pinholes and rehang the shelf for even more storage.

Obviously if you have any venting in your cabinet above your stove this won’t work, but think outside the box a little! These organizers will work in any other cabinet or your pantry.

Expect a few more organizing posts as I’ve been on a rampage making this kitchen as functional as possible! I love getting organized and having a specific home for every single item we own.

PS I’ll be pinning fall DIY ideas for True Value all week! Check them out here & let me know what projects you want to do! True Value Fall Moments Pin Board

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This is not a sponsored post.


     
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