Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DIY Project: Grout and Caulk

You guys, I'm so excited to share this project with you!

We bought our house in April, and the only room that needed some love was our upstairs bathroom. The flooring was outdated, the cabinets were old and worn, and the shower was....well, a bit gross.

If you remember, our sweet little doggy helped us get the bathroom re-model started back in September.

The insurance claim process was long and drawn out. We were going to have the contractor replace the countertop and re-grout the shower while he was there, but we felt like we should save money where we could for the time being, and it ended up being the best choice we could have made, because our rental property in Ohio caught fire the very day after we made that decision. (No one was hurt and the house didn't burn down, just added another fun little homeowner's claim to our life.)

So. Once the claim was complete and we had new flooring and a fresh coat of paint on the door, we thought about calling the contractor back to do the shower for us. Because if I wanted any work done in the house, it was to get the grout redone.

As you can see below, what grout was there was dirty and dingy, and a lot of it was chipped off or missing completely. Definitely gave a sense of "ugh" upon climbing into the shower.

But we did some research and realized that we could do the work ourselves for around $100, and when all supplies were purchased, it ended up being right around $75. Quite a bit of savings versus having a contractor do it.

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen this photo of me with some super hot goggles and a reciprocating saw in my hands! Holy moly, was the grout removal a MESSY job. Grout is this gritty paste when you put it on, but it dries hard like cement, and comes off in powder form. We'll be finding grout powder throughout the bedroom/bathroom hallway for months, I'm sure of it!

I spent a total of probably 4 hours removing grout. That's a complete guess. I didn't really keep a tally.

But seriously - how great does that look!? I turned to the old YouTube and Googles for advice and direction, got a little bit nervous, but just went with it, and I'm so glad I did! We easily saved a couple to a few hundred dollars by DIY-ing it, and it really wasn't that bad.
I put up a new shower curtain and got to use the shower this morning! (Shaving your legs in a stand-up shower is not pleasant, I must say.)

Matt put a fresh coat of paint on all of the cabinets and switched out the hardware so it's a little more up to date, and the bathroom looks great! We still need to change out the light fixture and frame out the mirror, but it's coming right along!

Have you ever fixed or re-done something like this in your own home?

Have any DIY disaster stories to share?

What about New Year's Eve - any upcoming plans??

Have a good one, friends!

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