Updating Bathroom Tile with Grout Refresh

It’s been a while since the hubs and I have done any DIY around here, but we are getting back into the swing of things (or well, he is…not so much me. I’m directing from the couch 😉 )! We are mainly focusing on sprucing up the place a bit to prep for baby and the house guests we will be having for the summer. Our plans are simple and just involve a little paint and minor, budget-friendly updates!

The one room in our townhouse that wasn’t fully updated prior to us moving in was our downstairs half bathroom. The previous owner had replaced the sink, but that was about it. We gave it a little makeover last year, but the one thing that’s bugged me since moving here over 3 years ago is the tile and awful stained, dirty looking grout that would not come clean regardless of what cleaning product I used. We had debated re-tiling, but the tile itself is in perfect condition…and there’s no sense in replacing something that doesn’t really need it. Especially when we hope to move soon (<—-I’ve only been saying this for 2+ years).

Recently, I came across this little gem of a product.

Mapei Grout Refresh. I had read some reviews about it on other blogs, and finally decided it was time to try it ourselves. People……….this stuff is amazing. I mean, actually amazing. Like…I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Please excuse poorly taken iPhone photo, but this is the only example I have of a before and after.


CRAZY, right?! I mean, the tile looks brand freakin’ new. Best part? It cost $12!

I was going to attempt to tackle this project myself, but Pat felt the need to get his hands on it and get to work. So naturally, I let him finish the whole floor :) The directions were easy to follow, and it was really easy to apply. Pat used a toothbrush to apply the product directly on the grout in between each tile. The one downside?  It was a little time-consuming on our part (or Pat’s part) because our bathroom tiles are sooooo small. But, hey it got done. And looks awesome!

I feel like I have a whole new bathroom! I’m seriously planning on Grout Refresh-ing everything I can get my hands on. Our shower tiles are next on the list!

Have you tried Mapei Grout Refresh before? What were your results like? 

Can’t wait to share more of our budget-friendly DIY with you!


I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions of Grout Refresh are my own. I just highly recommend this amazing product and felt the need to write about it. :)

From Our Hiding Place

Half Bathroom Mini-Makeover Reveal

After running into some issues while trying to switch out a mirror, we decided to give our half bathroom a mini-makeover. We had been toying with the idea of updating this bathroom for quite some time now, but decided it wasn’t worth putting a lot of money into it when we probably wouldn’t get much back.  Long story short…our condo is basically worth more than what the others in our area are selling for. And seeing as we are hoping to move soon, we didn’t feel like forking over all that cash.

So a mini-makeover it was.

I have no before pictures except for this one. As you can see, I took it as I had already started to paint! There really wasn’t much to show of the area anyway, as we had done nothing to the bathroom in the two years we’ve lived here.

I basically repurposed and upcycled things we had around the house to help give this space a new, updated look. The walls got a fresh coat of a light grey paint to match the existing tile, which is white with a slight grey tint throughout. I kept this neutral white and grey theme throughout the entire bathroom.

I love mixing wood tones and metal. I think it adds layer, depth, and texture to a room. I think people are often afraid of an un-matched look, but that’s really the beauty behind the concept.

It’s really a HUGE difference from what the bathroom looked like a week ago. I’m so satisfied with the results, and even more satisfied that the entire makeover cost us $50. Stay tuned for my upcoming post on how to update your space on a budget!

Paint color: Silvery Moon by Benjamin Moore

Mirror: estate sale find
All mason jars: estate sale finds
White cut out vase: originally chrome, TJ Maxx on sale from 2 years ago.
Curtain: Ikea, recent.
Small shelves: hand-me-down from my Mom, originally dark wood. Spray painted white and distressed.
Corinthians sign: Target, from 2 years ago.
Small ladder: estate sale find
Old lantern: gift from a friend
Silver frame and print: Ikea, recent
White open frame on wall: estate sale find
Stool: estate sale find


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