Double checking: Staining Tile and/or Grout?

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Old 07-12-15, 02:50 PM
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Double checking: Staining Tile and/or Grout?

We have super bland tile in our kitchen and bathrooms. It's light in color (both tile and grout) I'm trying to think of a creative way to fancy it up a bit without removing and retiling.

Has anyone found a creative method for changing the look of tile, without retiling?
 
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Old 07-12-15, 08:21 PM
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I think changing the color of the grout is all you can do.

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Cool, that's what I'm guessing as well. I'd played with the idea of roughing up the tile to see if it would accept dyes, then sealing it. But, that idea didn't last long because it would be far easier to just re-tile.
 
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I've applied stain to grout on a few occasions. It's not overly difficult. Obviously neater is better but keeping a clean rag so you can wipe off the tile as needed helps a lot.
 
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Assuming you have a porcelain or ceramic tile (or something similar), then yes, coloring the grout is about all you can do - painting tiles is generally something people regret doing.
 
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Keith,

Do you realize that under the right circumstances you can tile over tile?

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I hadn't thought of that. But, I don't think the circumstances are right. (nice house, relatively new, it's not hacked up yet, and transitions currently seem natural, whereas a step up might be awkward in our house)

But, structurally I guess that would work relatively well.
 
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