Painting Tile Grout

Painting Grout in your kitchen, bathroom or entrance.
Ottawa Interior Design

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We like a lot of people have the builder style white tiles in the kitchen and entrance with the brown grout. I’m not sure who thought this looked good, but anyway. After we painted the walls in the kitchen and family room white, the grout stood out even more and was frankly driving us a little crazy. So we decided we would change the floors…. then after going through the list of other things we want to do to our home (which grows everyday). We decided to go to plan B and paint the grout!

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We bought the grout paint/refresher from Home Depot I believe (about two months ago) and finally just got around to doing it. I think I knew in the back of my mind it would be a pain in the butt… it did not disappoint. First I tested a spot under the fridge just in case it looked terrible. Once I had done that small section I was under the illusion that it was going to be quick an painless, but that was obviously not the case.

The instructions on the bottle:

  • Clean the surface
  • Shake well before using
  • Spread evenly using a toothbrush or grout applicator (I started with a toothbrush and then went to using a small art paintbrush)
  • Wait 30 to 60 minutes, mist with water and let stand
  • After 5 minutes scrub tile to remove excess colourant (this was a the pain in the but part, you had to scrub it off, but careful enough not to scrub the actual grout, then go around and wash down the all the tile again with soap and water to remove the residue.)
  • Protect from traffic for 2 hours and from water for 24 hrs

When I went to do the entrance I used the art brush again but was more careful to not get the colourant on the tile, and when I did I wiped it up quickly with a wet paper towel. They both took about the same length in time (forever) or 4-6hrs, but it would depend on the size of your floor. You feel like Cinderella no matter which way you do it.

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It was encouraging as I went along to see the progress though, so that kept me motivated. I painted in the evening (as you can see) and woke up and scrubbed the floors in the morning. Use a towel or knee pads for your knees because you will be on them for a while, I also changed positions throughout. I had a movie that I had already seen (because you can’t really look up) on in the background, which helped to pass the time. You can also play music.

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Ta da. Although it was pain staking and my neck was sore afterwards from staring down for so long, it was well worth it. I wish I had done it earlier, because now we comment on it every time we walk in the kitchen.

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Hope this is helpful for anyone looking to do the same thing!

Leclair Decor – Ottawa Interior Design

Personalize Your Home!

Personalize Your Home.

Does your home reflect who you are and your taste? It Should.

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You don’t have to have expensive style, a well put together space can look like a million bucks to you, if it’s done properly. Nate Berkus thinks the key to design is personalization and we would have to agree with him. A room designed with the inspiration of a certain style, mood and colour, with hits of personal touches will make the all the difference to the space. If you have neat pieces you have collected over the years, you may just need to shine them in a new light to really be able to appreciate them, or buy new interesting pieces that say something about who you are.

Another key is to never buy sets of anything, especially large bulky dark furniture it may overwhelm the space. If you mix and match pieces that coordinate with the theme of the room, but aren’t matchy matchy it makes the space so much more interesting and unique. You want people to walk in and feel comfortable yet wowed by how great the space looks and how much it reflects you as individuals.

Don’t always shop at the same stores. If your buying everything from one store, your home will look like it’s straight out of the showroom. While in theory that isn’t such a bad thing, it doesn’t give the space a homey personal feel. It also doesn’t really act as a conversation starter if everyone knows where all your furniture is from. You want people to be curious and ask questions. “Oh where did you find this?!”

Check out locally owned stores, antique and vintage shops, as well as new stores you wouldn’t normally go to. You can even get your DIY on if you check out thrift stores and Kijiji for items that may need a little TLC, but have great potential!!  Expand your horizons and open you mind to new possibilities. There are so many options now a days for all budgets. If you are a savvy shopper there are lots of deals to be had, and great pieces to find.

You can mix old and new and you can definitely mix pricey items with inexpensive pieces. Mixing textures and colours is also key. Use white and dark pieces to contrast each other, as well add wood for warmth, and silver or gold pieces for cool contrast. Find inspiration through pictures and plan out your space. Then be on the lookout for certain pieces and in no time your space will come together !!

Obviously if you have no vision at all, we would be more than happy to help out. We can do an initial consultation to get you started and be on you way, or we can take on the project!

Just send us an email with any Questions to leclairdecor@gmail.com

You can also find inspirational pictures from us on Instagram

Spring – Colour Consultation

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Ottawa it’s time to freshen up your home this spring with new paint inspiration. Interior design can start anywhere, why not start with your walls. It’s surprising how much a wall colour can really change the look and feel of a space. Whether you are looking to add some colour or would like to make your home more neutral, we can help. We will work with your ideas and furniture to come up with a great way to compliment the look and feel of the home. We can do one room or the whole house.

We do offer a full range of other options from staging consultations to full design work. Check our our Services Page for more details.

We can also give you ideas on:

-how to work with the current pieces you have (furniture placement)
-how to complete your space (decor and accessories a room may be lacking)
-how to bringing in more modern or contemporary pieces
-how to showcase your prized possessions so they can be fully appreciated
-how to minimize your stuff and make your home feel more spacious

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, we will work within your budget and decide how to spend it wisely. Where to splurge, where and how you can save! We can also simply do a consultation and leave you with the ideas to do them yourself. You spend a lot of time at home why not love it!

You will receive a discount on paint after the Consult at The Decorators Choice!
(On Benjamin Moore and Pittsburgh Paints) Call or email for more details!

You can also see more of what we are up to and whats inspiring us on our

5 Best Living Room Layers

Living rooms can be formal for after dinner drinks or casual spaces to hang out in all day Saturday. Depending on the function and style of your space there may be pieces that are more important than others, but generally speaking these are the 5 best pieces in addition to the obvious couch, coffee table, side table(s)…

1. Area Rug

An area rug really helps to anchor the space, frame it out and add a warmth for under your toes. It can also add a pop of colour or texture. A neutral shag or a patterned wool rug are classic looks and can really help lighten a dark space, soften a space with a lot of wood, and be an essential addition to a beautiful cozy living room.

2. Lighting

Lighting plays a huge role in every space and can be very underestimated. If you are sitting around having a quiet drink or reading a book you don’t need to light up the whole room. Task lighting including reading lamps, floor lamps and table lamps can really help add functional and ambiance lighting depending on the situation.

3. Art

The couch is a big part of any living space and the art that is hung above it should generally take up 2/3 – 3/4 of the size of the couch. This helps to balance it out. A small piece will make the space feel uncomfortable and incomplete. You can use one large canvas, or framed print or you can use two or three smaller ones that would take up the same amount of space on the wall.

4. Accent Pillows and Throws

These small but significant pieces can add a few different things to your living room. A pop of colour, pattern and or texture. They can help lighting a dark couch or contrast with a light couch. You can have fun with them play around with different ones depending on your mood or the season.

5. Accessories

Accessories are essential to any living space. They add unique touches and can really personalize and complete the room. Books, bowls, vases, knick knacks you’ve collected over the years (or just recently) really impact the feel of the room. Don’t overwhelm the space with them, but add enough to make it interesting.

Curtains are also a nice touch if the room allows for it. They can soften the space and add height to the room.

 

White Walls

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White walls are no longer just for art galleries, they are seen in a lot of very modern and contemporary homes, usually paired with warm wood tones and grey, with subtle or loud pops of colour. There is a trick to it however, you can’t just paint any old room white and expect it to appear in House & Home Magazine. Having a lack of colour on your walls leaves your eyes free to wander around the room and pick up on things that may have been overlooked before. The furniture, floors, décor may now contrast drastically with the wall.

Your floors are the second largest area other than the walls so rest assured they will be noticed, make sure they are something you want guest to see. Layering is the key to bring a room together and making it feel cozy and complete. In a living room for example there are many different pieces that come together to help complete the space. An area rug, accent pillows, curtains, vases, books, lighting and accessories are all key things. So layering the white in the space is essential.