2 Budget-Friendly Update Ideas: Grout Paint and Glass Inserts…
One of my favourite pastimes is going to clients homes and BLOWING THEIR MINDS with all of the awesome things I know. And this isn’t just my ego talking, I’m serious – my ears literally smoke and I go a weee bit batty with all of the awesome ideas bouncing around inside my head!
So what does ‘awesome’ mean for you the homeowner? Well, this kind of awesome means that a) I will save you time b) I will save you money and c) you will love me forever (‘c’ being the most important). So pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er!
#1 Update Idea Grout Paint
How to fix your nasty ole grout without having to re-do it.
Do you have some funky grout in your house? And I don’t mean ‘funky’ in the good and groovy kind of way. Did you know that there is a product that is essentially like paint that you can apply over your existing nasty ole funky grout?
Grout Renew by Polyblend. I’ve used it and I love it. The rocket scientist who installed our kitchen floor (before we bought the house) thought that white grout would look great. And yes, I’m sure it did look great…FOR A FREAKIN’ WEEK! And then, life, spaghetti sauce, wine, dog drool and apple juice happened and that grout ain’t so white anymore!
I switched from white to a mid-toned gray colour and 6 months later I’m still uber pleased with the results. Not only did it change the colour of my grout – it also sealed it all in one step! Yet, of COURSE, I didn’t do before and after photos, so you’ll just have to trust the crazy ginger. You can also look at this fab example on Pinterest/Ana White.
- Cost $15: I have about 150 sq feet of kitchen floor and I still have 1/4 of a bottle left
- Colours: There are 5 colours available in store, however, all 48 polyblend colours are available online (Home Depot)
- Application: Give your grout a ‘basic’ clean – so that there isn’t any particularly nasty business going on anywhere. Get a little bowl, an old toothbrush and a cloth. Starting at one end of the room, dip your toothbrush into the ‘paint’ and brush it into the grout lines. Use the damp cloth to remove any product that gets on the tile. When you are done, rinse off the toothbrush and quietly slip it back in your hubby’s bathroom drawer.
PLEASE keep in mind, if you have a natural stone tile around your grout that isn’t sealed (or sealed properly) it can absorb some of this product. Make sure that your slate/travertine/marble/etc…is sealed before doing this project.
#2 Update Idea Fibreglass Door Window Insert
Yup. Doesn’t sound all that fancy or fantastic but freakin’ Hallelujah it is!
This product is great if you have one or more of the following…
1. A fibreglass front door or back door with no window in it (I’ve heard it also works with metal doors, I just haven’t done it personally)
2. A dark entryway
3. A penchant for cutting things with a saw
4. A fibreglass door that has an outdated glass and brass window in it – brass is so passé! Says I.
Still confused about what I’m talking about? I’m talking about inserting a WINDOW in your DOOR
If you’ve ever done research on the cost of replacing your front door, you will see the value in this wee window. Replacing front doors can be expensive and difficult – especially if you aren’t handy!
And yes, I do agree that it’s odd to have an exterior door in the bathroom, but it was 100% private outside, so the window made sense!
Before, the glass inserts were super outdated…
After, with fresh paint colours and new inserts (same doors), it’s like a whole new room!
Window Cost Approx $90 – $300: Depending on style/size (you can also do full-length inserts as well as side-lights for some extra moula)
Application: Many door/insert suppliers will offer this service. If not then a good carpenter should be able to do it in just a few hours. If you’re the handy type your local supplier will surely give you some easy and straightforward instructions or you can check out these links…
Well, that was quick and easy – chat soon!