Replacing Grout


I just finished laying down ceramic tile on my kitchen floor.  Once the grout was down, my wife and I looked at it and decided we don’t like the color.  I would hate the work, not to mention the mess, of having to remove the old grout and put down new.  Am I able to grout over what’s there with a different color?
nkovalich 3-19-07 12:43pm

Changing the color of your grout is a big job.  I’d give it some time.  Considering how new this project is, perhaps you are just suffering from the home improvement version of buyer’s remorse!  This happened to me recently when I chose a sand textured paint color based on a swatch.  I swore it was gold but when it went up, it looked green!  After the shock wore off, I decided I liked it and have subsequently matched new furniture and accessories to it for the room.

If you do want to change the grout, you have two options:  removal or dying.  If you want to remove it, I’d recommend a handy tool called The Grout Grabber (see photo).  It attaches to most reciprocating saws and allows you to grind out the old grout.  Dying is the other option.  I’d suggest an epoxy based dye for maximum adhesion to the old grout. 

But again, I’d give it some time.  You might get use to it and save your self a boatload of work!

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