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Robert95z 10-30-2012 06:57 PM

New home construction - So unhappy with tile/grout colors
Need some advice guys. I picked up at light colored 16x16 tile and grout for our new home. We almost changed to a darker 24x24 tile, but thought the extra money could be used else where. Now we are regretting it so much.

We absoultiy hate our tile and grout colors. Especially the grout. The grout is lighter than the tile so it sticks out like a sore thumb.

I asked how much it would be to change the grout.. or change the tile.. this is the pricing I got.

(1) Stain grout - 947sq $1407
(2) Replace 16x16 tile with 16x16 tile $5,500
(3) Replace 16x16 tile with 24x24 tile $6,100

This is ontop of the $1000 tile thats already been paid for.

This is just to expensive and me and my wife hate our new house already.

What can we do? Can we stain the grout ourselves? Tear up the tile ourselves?

oh'mike 10-30-2012 07:13 PM

If that change order is out of the budget---what choice do you have----Staining grout is doable by a person with common sense and average hand eye coordination---

By the way---although that is a bunch of money---the prices are very fair for a project of that size---Mike---

Robert95z 10-30-2012 07:16 PM

Mike. Can you recommend a grout stain?

(Btw sorry for any typos. Using my phone)

oh'mike 10-30-2012 07:32 PM

I understand the phone typos---heck--I can barely dial right--

I've not had much experience with grout stains----I did use Aqua Mix and the results were okay--not outstanding--but acceptable----

Do stay away from the big box stores and head to a good tile supply house---do a sample before you commit to a big job----Done wrong---you could really end up regretting it----

Let's see if another tile pro can help----Although I've been setting tile for many a long year---I just never needed to color the grout----

Robert95z 10-30-2012 07:58 PM

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Heres some pics.. The kitchen backsplash is the same as the floor tile. It looks really good, but when they put grout in tomorrow, im sure Im going to hate it.

ToolSeeker 10-30-2012 08:00 PM

Mike is right about the stains and the only other option , if your handy, would be to take a grout saw, remove and regrout. Not a real easy job but DIY doable.

AlfredMD 10-30-2012 10:47 PM

Taking grout out of 947 sqft is too much for me.

Robert95z 10-30-2012 11:12 PM


Originally Posted by AlfredMD (Post 1041478)
Taking grout out of 947 sqft is too much for me.

With ya on that... This is my first house and I am mechincally inclined but by no means am I a handy man. This would be a big project for me. Especially trying to move all my furniture and such in.

RWCustom 10-31-2012 01:59 AM

With the proper tool and a shop vac grout removal isn't too bad. You'd want to get the one that looks like a screwdriver stabbed through a carbide tipped triangle. The 3 carbide tips will absolutely tear through grout, especially if it's your basic portland cement based grout with no additional additives. If you were to go this route, and do the grout removal in sections, just make sure that you grout it all at once to help keep the color as consistent as possible.

I remember asking a friend (TEC brand rep) a couple of years ago about grout dye. In a nutshell, depending on your situation and materials used, there's a good chance you'll create even more problems and be just as unhappy with the results. Again, depending on your materials used, you run the risk of staining the edges of the tile. So instead of having those nice crisp straight lines you might end up with a mess of imperfect edges that you can't fix. The grout stain (at least the stuff he was talking about at the time) is some potent stuff, so you have to be very careful to get it only on the grout. I'm quite certain that I could remove the grout, shop vac the joints, and regrout the entire floor faster than I could methodically paint every grout joint with a "bottle brush". I'm picky as heck, so if the edges looked even a little bit sloppy it'd drive me nuts, and a darker grout color/stain would only make it stand out a lot worse.

Good luck with your project. I hope you find a good solution.

patented 10-31-2012 01:46 PM

Maybe its just me, but I dont think that tile/grout combo looks bad at all.

ddawg16 10-31-2012 03:08 PM


Originally Posted by patented (Post 1041795)
Maybe its just me, but I dont think that tile/grout combo looks bad at all.

Same here.....

A little advice.....

Everyone is in a big hurry to make a house perfect before they move in.....

Move in as it in it for won't take long before that grout is not so white.....I'm willing to bet that after 6 months there will be plenty of other things your more worried about......a little hint....."yard".....

So....move in....start enjoying your takes at least 6 months to a year to get a good feel for how you really want your home to look.

Robert95z 10-31-2012 08:08 PM

I'll admit.. The pictures make it look better than in reality.. Or maybe yall are right lol

I'll wait till the house is done and im moved in before I start making drastic changes

patented 11-01-2012 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by Robert95z (Post 1042070)
I'll admit.. The pictures make it look better than in reality.. Or maybe yall are right lol

I'll wait till the house is done and im moved in before I start making drastic changes

Do this.

Always live in a house 6 months before making drastic changes. You will figure out what works and what wont, what you like and what you dont. Once you have other decorations and things in those rooms, you wont even remember that you didnt like the grout color.

Centex2011 11-03-2012 11:14 AM

I'd have to a

Centex2011 11-03-2012 11:23 AM

Wow... I need to stop using my phone for this. LOL

I agree with waiting a few months.

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