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SparrowInTheHedge Wed 10-Jun-20 16:34:30

Grouting in the bathroom has just gone up. I saw it and burst into tears.

Tiles are light grey. Grout is very beige.

Tiler happens to be my dad and he convinced me that it was a neutral colour and would blend in seamlessly ... It hasn't, it's fucking beige.

What am I going to do?!

I know realistically re-grout the bloody room but he's saying I'll just have to get used to it... Why did I bother buying new tiles just to have the final effect ruined?!

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Keepyourspiritclean Wed 10-Jun-20 17:19:52

Oh dear. How long since the grouting was done? It sometimes dries lighter/slightly different shade. You can buy grout pens but I've never used them so don't know how effective or long lasting they are...

My advice would be to sleep on it. Look at it with fresh eyes in the morning. There's a small chance you may feel differently!

LadyFeliciaMontague Wed 10-Jun-20 17:23:32

Can you post a picture? I can’t think why it would look so bad.
If you really want to change it you can just dye it with something like this

SparrowInTheHedge Wed 10-Jun-20 18:08:02


Can you post a picture? I can’t think why it would look so bad.

It looks bad because it's a warm beige against a cool grey. It clashes.

Maybe it will look better in the morning, but right now it looks awful.

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Nanalisa60 Wed 10-Jun-20 18:11:28

I would have used white!!

Thisismytimetoshine Wed 10-Jun-20 18:11:31

It might dry differently. Are they floor tiles?

SparrowInTheHedge Wed 10-Jun-20 18:17:59

It's the same all over, just different sizes.

I wish I'd just insisted on white or grey.

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dudsville Wed 10-Jun-20 18:20:23

That looks bad, I'm sorry, what a pain.

Northernsoullover Wed 10-Jun-20 18:20:39

Can you grout white over the top of it?

TinklyLittleLaugh Wed 10-Jun-20 18:23:18

Looks dirty or mouldy. Can you grout over it? Worth a try. If not can you scrape it out?

Isaidnomorecrisps Wed 10-Jun-20 18:27:12

Wow I gasped when I saw it - I’m sorry !!! (And I’m no queen in the home...)
Nice job though.....

TheHobbitMum Wed 10-Jun-20 18:30:31

Sorry OP you are right, it does look wrong, almost dirty. Can you try the grout rescue stuff to change the colour? If not I'd have to regrout or you'll have your new bathroom as you'll only see the beige

xxKatie9806xx Wed 10-Jun-20 18:34:10

You’re not going to be able to ignore it so I would say to your dad you’re very sorry but it has to be redone and if he won’t do it, get someone else to come and regrout it. Will be worth it when it’s done.
You have my sympathy as we made a mistake on the colour of our floor grout but it’s like our whole downstairs so can’t change it.
I would recommend light grey not white as white will look nice for a while but may get dirty.

SoupDragon Wed 10-Jun-20 18:36:17

Live with it for a bit and, if you still hate it, just use one of the grout colourant things.

Thisbastardcomputer Wed 10-Jun-20 18:39:16

Seriously, you burst into tears over grout !

Live with it a bit, it wouldn't show the dirt and discolour, like white will.

BestOption Wed 10-Jun-20 18:39:43

I'm sorry, but I agree with you, that's dreadful!!

Mine is grey and I love it. It looks white in the photo, but it's not.

If your Dad Won't regrout it for you, then either do it yourself (it's not difficult) or pay someone. It'll be worth it!

LadyFeliciaMontague Wed 10-Jun-20 18:40:24

Ahh yes, it does look bad. Did you watch the video in the link on how to dye it?

vinoelle Wed 10-Jun-20 18:43:47

I would recommend grey grout. Since the tiles are in place surely it would be really easy to just regroup it yourself? Wouldn’t be expensive either? Can’t you just put a thin layer over the top?

vinoelle Wed 10-Jun-20 18:44:01


SparrowInTheHedge Wed 10-Jun-20 18:49:03


*Can’t you just put a thin layer over the top?

I have no idea! I don't want to ask him either.

When I said I wasn't sure about the colour he blew up at me, said I wasn't happy with anything, it looked fine, and I'd have to get used to it.

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xxKatie9806xx Wed 10-Jun-20 18:53:19

OP I don’t think grouting is actually that hard so say thanks to your dad and then look at some YouTube videos and do it yourself

Wokeuptwirly Wed 10-Jun-20 19:50:35

Fair play to your dad...grouting that finely takes real skill! However, you’re right - it doesn’t look great. Could you just go over it with a grout pen? Scraping it out and starting over is likely to be nigh on impossible with that narrow a gap 😢

AnnaSW1 Wed 10-Jun-20 19:56:55

Ah that's a shame. It does look bad. Shame as it looks like a good job too.

NameChangedToProtect1 Wed 10-Jun-20 20:00:02

I like it! But perhaps I have no taste!
Looks like kera jasmine, it will pale in 48hours. Re grouting is an issue. Thin layers will most likley flake out. The problem with scraping or finding it out is that you either stay away from the edge of the tile and leave traces of the old colour or touch inevitably damage the edge of the tile. Some people swear blind that their regrouting looks great...
Honestly I think it will look great tomorrow.

jellytots2020 Wed 10-Jun-20 20:00:55

I think you can use a grouting pen over the top, I've seen them on Instagram and they look like they paint over and renew old grout? Might be worth a try before redoing it all 🤷🏻‍♀️,ss:44&prds=epd:12007841903048977884,paur:ClkAsKraXwqDbYZW1HI3bd9ZuVzqntjcc-StNxw7PpiOHxJ0Qdd-qRbM9kaO4ZTCC_r0vf5hKJEvA7Elv5vcBgZZfO0X7MiFtTLi9PKwFOADSFF_8e2sO4rE6hIZAFPVH71h0yDfua3S5i7D6n5DOd9FKM4TuA,cdl:1,prmr:1,cs:1

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