DIY Kitchen Backsplash (Part 2)

If you’re just now tuning in – check out Part 1 here.

So the next morning it was time to grout. Hannah was home with Rob and I while we worked on this part but she was actually super cooperative (for a year and a half old).

First, like with laying the tile, we covered all of the counters and floors in brown construction paper. We had extra and didn’t mind throwing away what we had on the day before for the tile hanging but you could have kept it too. It was nicer to be able to totally clean up, we thought. Plus the paper got really dirty when hanging the tile.

BUT – after the paper was down we dry mixed the bag of grout. Rob put it in a bucket and mixed it for a few minutes. This is important so it is all blended up and for the color to turn out evenly. Once the dry mix is complete, measure out the appropriate water/grout additive (whichever your using) and slowly add it into the dry grout. Adding a little liquid at a time is key as you don’t want to add to much and over saturate. You want the grout to be thick when its all totally blended. We did all of this blending and mixing outside so the dust didn’t get all over inside the house (especially with Hannah and her toys everywhere).

After its all mixed let it sit for 2 minutes, then stir again for a minute to combine once more before starting.

All of these grout mixing instructions are conveniently located on the side of the grout bag as well. Super handy place for you to check out. Us DIYers aren’t above actually reading the product directions.

For application, use a trowel and apply the grout to the rubber gum float. Slather the grout all over the tile to fill in each of the grout lines. You don’t need to leave it on so super thick that you can’t see through it but definitely don’t wipe away too much as you want to make sure all of the gaps are totally filled. Leaving more on to let dry and clean off as it sets is the better option.

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This is as we were going before we started wiping any grout off.

The regular grout we had (aka not fast drying) even dried kinda quick so Rob and I worked from both ends. Having two gum floats was handy for this. But – whatever you do…

DO NOT BUY FAST DRYING GROUT!

My sister and her husband did and I heard how terrible that was so we avoided it. I wanted to pass that along. I can’t image how fast it dries since I felt our normal grout still dried relatively quick.

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So. Much. Wiping.

Once we had all the grout lines covered we let it sit the time the bag called for before wiping down the tile with a sponge and water. The bag said you’d only have to wipe it like 3 total times and that is SUPER BS. We probably wiped it like 4 times with water/a sponge and 2 times with a dry cloth.

After we got it all cleaned up it was time to let it sit again over night. But it was looking so flipping great.

Once it was totally set/stuck/dry we were able to go back with an exacto knife and paper towel to wipe down the tiles one last time and clear away any grout/tile adhesive that was stuck just in the wrong spot. This was tedious but worth it!

After that we did outlet covers. This little minor task finally made it look so complete!!

Once we seal the edges (still need to get around to that 🤦) we will be all done. ♥️ It needs to be done but isn’t the end of the world that we haven’t done it yet since the backsplash isn’t behind a sink/getting wet at all.

All in all it wasn’t that hard of a job! I’m definitely not scared to tackle our master bathroom remodel next!!

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