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.


     

The bathroom flip flop

Hold onto your hats because this post is going to get a little crazy. And when I say “crazy” what I really mean is “confusing”.

The kids’ bathroom and the guest bathroom are both in the same hallway. The kids’ bathroom is the first door on the right, and the guest bathroom is the last door at the very end of the hallway.

The kids’ bedrooms are sandwiched between both doors (the 2nd door on the left and the 2nd door on the right). Here’s the floor plan to help get you oriented.

When we moved in I put the kids bathroom between the girl room and the living room. It seemed like a good idea because it is closest to their bedrooms. Here’s the kids’ bathroom:

And as a refresher, here’s the guest bathroom. I’ve actually mentioned the guest bathroom at the end of the hall several times. Most recently I removed the big cabinet above the toilet.

Well guess what? Guests never go to the end of the hall to use the restroom. I guess they feel weird wandering all the way down the hall? It’s probably because the bathroom right next to the living room seems like the logical place for a guest to freshen up.

And my kids aren’t exactly the shining examples of neat and tidy. In fact, on any given day there is usually toothpaste smeared on the counter, toothpaste splatter on the mirror, my daughter’s hairbrush and accessories strewn about the counter, and dirty clothes on the floor. Not exactly the most inviting environment for a guest.

I’ve been hesitant to swap the bathrooms because the other one seemed too far away for the kids. Also, the bath at the end of the hall is smaller than their bathroom and I wasn’t sure about making them share such a small bathroom. But I’d finally had enough and figured I might as well try it out. An hour later and they were officially swapped.

The kids’ previous bathroom is now a clean and tidy spacious guest bathroom:

I’ve actually never even showed you this entire bathroom. We have a single sink with a really long counter, and the toilet and shower are in a separate room. I took that 2nd bathroom door off though shortly after moving in because it was really cumbersome and annoying.

The shower and tub are pretty much the exact same as before except now they have the guest room curtain.

This was a hard angle to photograph, but there use to be a cabinet above this toilet as well. Fortunately for me Ben was actually home to help me take it down so I didn’t have to do any bin stacking or anything.

Here’s one more awkward view above the toilet to show you where the cabinet use to be. It was big and awkward and I didn’t take a single “before” shot. Use your imagination.

And here’s the old guest bathroom which is now the kids’ bathroom. We’ve had this setup for about a week now and it is actually working GREAT having the kids in this bath instead. No issues at all so far.

They have a lot less counter space to mess up which is a plus and the new guest bathroom has stayed spotless since the swap (double plus!). The layout of this bathroom reminds me so much of their old bathroom. Now I’m really getting a hankering to put up beadboard in here.

I pulled some photos of their old bathroom and I just died a little inside. It was so beautiful, and so much work, and we only got to enjoy it for 3 months before moving. Sniff.

  

  

Amazing, right? One of my favorite spaces in our previous home. (You can check out the entire bathroom here.) Okay… back to reality. Sorry for derailing there. I just got all sad and nostalgic seeing that amazing bathroom again. I can do it again though!

Here’s a before and after of the old kids’/current guest bathroom:

  

And here’s a before and after of the old guest/current kids’ bathroom (ignore the word “currently” on the “before” photo. I’m reusing it from this post):

  

Was all of that flip-flopping too confusing or did you get the gist of it? To sum it all up, we switched the kids’ bathroom and the guest bathroom. And I miss their old bathroom at the old house. But I’ll make their new bathroom even more fab. Just you wait.


     

Hooks are hung, stuff is organized.

I guess since I posted about the guest bathroom yesterday I’ll just segue into a post about some organizational stuff I’ve done in all the bathrooms.

Let’s start with the kids’ bathroom since it is by far the worst/messiest disaster of a bathroom in the house. If I didn’t know better I’d say the kids have been raised in a barn. Here’s their tub/shower.

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Are you picking up a mess vibe? Ya? Me too. In their defense, they simply cannot reach any type of shower organizer that hangs from the shower head. They are kids. Kids are not tall. They also can’t reach the window ledge or the towel bar, so putting items on those surfaces is not an option either (and hello, totally not cute either!).

Command has these new HUGE shower Caddies that look durable and actually stick to your wall with their awesome command strips that I am obsessed with instead of suction cups. (I am not affiliated with 3M or Command. I was not paid to review or write this post. This is not a sponsored/paid post. They did however send me a few of the items mentioned in this post.)

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In addition to the caddy I also hung several hooks. Check out how clean everything looks now!

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I hung the shower caddy low enough that they can both reach it without any acrobatic effort on their part. I also hung a Multi-Hook for all their loofas. Can you tell my son is a tween now? He’s totally into everything “Axe”. Oye.

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While I was in there I also hung a command hook inside the shower for wet swimsuits. It seems logical to have them drip inside the tub instead of all over the wall, baseboard, and floor.

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I also added a few more hooks on the wall next to the tub for the towels. These are more temporary for us as I will eventually hang some beautiful moulding with hardware in there, but for the time being until I can do the bathroom reno these hooks work flawlessly.

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The guest bathroom also got a caddy and a single hook. I can’t believe these caddies are large and strong enough to hold my oversized shampoo and conditioner.

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And following suit, the master shower got organized as well. This time I also added a holder for my razor.

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I like how the razor just barely squeezes between the wall and soap dish. It’s like it was meant to be.

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At our old house I had to use an over-the-door organizer that wasn’t even made for a shower. I wanted to have a caddy but one that goes over the shower-head wouldn’t fit because of the ill-placed soap dish, and I couldn’t use a suction cup one because the tile was textured. These adhesive Command caddies would have been the perfect solution there.

Old house solution:

You may remember I even attempted to remove the soap dish for the sole purpose of hanging a shower organizer. That didn’t quite go as planned…

Another predicament I had in our new bathroom is that there is literally no wall space to put hooks for towels. Zilch. I wanted to do what I did in our old bathroom and hang some pretty hooks…

…but nope. No room. So I did the next best thing. I hung hooks directly on the shower door. Also, don’t be too jealous of my salmon-colored walls. I know you want them in your bathroom.

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Honestly, I am loving this way more than I thought I would. Yay for awesome solutions to annoying first world problems.

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My closet even got a pretty double hook for my robe to hang on. I’d show you the closet but seriously, it’s in no condition to be exposed like that. We’re talking, total gut and overhaul needed in there.

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Okay, and two more non-bathroom related ways I’ve organized around here. First off, I put a command hook (one of their really nice fancy metal ones) on the wall in the mud room for my purse.

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And last but not least, I picked up these baskets at the dollar store I believe? I’m pretty sure they are from the dollar store. Anyway, I got some command hooks and hung the baskets on the wall in the mud room. I also obviously put some shelving in there for all the kids crap, beach towels, laundry stuff, socks, etc. Pretty much everything that would go in a mud room. I need to get started on some built-ins pretty darn quick!

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So basically each kid has a basket. All their stuff goes into the baskets (either stuff I’ve collected while cleaning, or stuff they’ve put in from school or whatever). Once a day they have to take the basket to their room, put everything away, and return the basket to the hook. So far it’s worked well. We’ll see once the novelty wears off. :)

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So, ya, basically I’m obsessed with command hooks and strips. Seriously. I’m obsessed. I have an entire little drawer in my kitchen dedicated to brand-new unused strips and hooks. I hang EVERYTHING up with them. If you want to see a few more ways I’ve organized with Command products, check out A Few Little Updates to my Daughter’s Room, “$2 Outdoor Wreaths Tutorial (Christmas)”, and “Taking Command of the Stockings”.

I tried to link the shower organizing stuff to amazon for ya, but they don’t have it. I know the shower caddy and hooks are available at Walmart. All other command products CAN be found on amazon. Here’s a quick link to the Command store on amazon.

I am not affiliated with 3M or Command. I was not paid to review or write this post. I just really am a huge mega fan of their stuff.


     
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