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Choosing Grout & Hanging Drapes


I received a few opinions on the grout choice for my kitchen back splash and it made me take a look at my choice again.  I do read your comments and take them to heart.  I had bought gray grout, but the more I thought about it, the more I was unsure about the gray.  Finally, I read a comment from a reader who suggested I test it out on a small section of tile.  Duh.



I put a small amount of tile on a piece of cardboard and applied the gray grout.  It wasn’t working for me at all.  It’s not that it looks bad, but it really brings out the gray in the tile and makes it look much darker. (Really, the two test patches look like entirely different tile, it’s that dramatic.)  I was also concerned with how this might highlight any mistakes.

I have gray grout in my floors and I like it there… 


…but it just wasn’t working for me for the back splash.  So, I tried white…


Perfect!!  It blends with the tile and is much brighter.  It’s just what I want.  Now, I know the issues with white grout.  I have white grout in my half bathroom.  The fact is, though, this isn’t going on floors, it’s going on a back splash.  I’m expecting it will hold up pretty well…over the stove is my biggest area of concern, but I’m going to seal the grout and tile and will keep an eye on it.

You have no idea the torture it was for me to have a bucket of grout sitting on my counter when I couldn’t get started on applying it.  My husband saw me eyeing it and he knew the look.  “You’re not thinking about putting the grout on today, are you?”

“Yeah, I am.  But I won’t.  I know I need to pack and get ready for the trip.”  I showed great restraint and went about doing the things I needed to do.  I’ll grout when I get back.

I was able to finish my bedroom curtains, though…



…and they are proper curtains with lining and everything!  I made them for another tutorial, so you’ll get to see all of the how-to details soon.  The grain sacks are hanging over the chair, because I’m going to use them for the upholstery.

Our counters have also arrived at the store, so we’ll pick those up on Monday.  So many projects…

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  1. April says:

    Hi Marian, I’m a local to you,Hanover, mother of 3boys and 4 grandsons- really enjoying your website – and your adventures! tip for you ,New Oxford Treasures thrift store has an amazing small scale antique chaise lounger in lucketts green.75.00 and an unusal dresser of high quality with tambour doors(like on a roll top desk) that slide horizontally. will be looking for your paint at lucketts on my next trip to leesburg. looking forward to your next decorating adventure,sincerely, Miss Arpil

  2. I read that reader’s comment and wondered what you might do about it! So smart of you to test it out before it became permanent. Thankful that the reader made such a great tip! I will remember to do that when we retile out kitchen. I think the white grout looks beautiful! And I love the curtains! Can’t wait to see how that chair turns out!!!

  3. Wow, that made a huge difference! I never would have thought grout color could make that much of a difference! Good for future reference!

  4. Karen says:

    I used white grout on the backsplash in my last kitchen. Loved the look. One tip, though… be sure to seal the grout really well. Re-apply sealer every year. Otherwise, (I learned this from experience), spaghetti sauce, coffee, red jello, or anything with a high color content will stain the grout. Can’t help but splash this stuff every now and then. :-)

  5. Wow, that is a dramatic difference between the gray and the white grout- must remember that! I really love the curtains, Marian. Very classic and lovely- I think you really are getting “your” bedroom this time- hurray!

  6. The grain sack on that chair is going to be wonderful. I would imagine that it would be hard to work with, considering the thickness, but I know little about upholstery work! Great projects!

  7. Curtains are A M A Z I N G! I’m counting on that tutorial because I’d like to (fingers crossed) get to work on some curtains for our new home. Love the fabric. Love your style. Good luck with the grout!

  8. Nora Moon says:

    Would you mind sharing the name of the fabric you used in your bedroom?

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