Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sneak Peek

We've had a very rainy week where I live and it was absolute heaven that I was able to spend two cozy days tucked up in my studio listening to an entire audio book and making a small quilt. It's a gift and just needs to be quilted and bound - should be ready in plenty of time to give in October.

I stitched up the first part of Lori's SAL at Humble Quilts - I always enjoy the projects that she shares with us because they're usually on the small size and very doable in small steps!

Twenty years ago, hubby & I tore up the linoleum floor in our kitchen and the carpet in our dining room - then we laid down 8" ceramic tiles. The tiles have held up well, but after all this time and three kids, the grout was starting to become very dark and dingy looking. I read great reviews on Amazon about a product specially designed for painting grout, so I picked up a bottle and spent two days last week on my hands and knees - OUCH! I started out using a small foam eye shadow brush, but it was way too tedious so I eventually switched to a small paintbrush. After the paint dries for at least 30 minutes, you spray it with water and simply wipe off the excess that overlapped onto the tiles.

Before and after pictures below show the results of my hard work. I think I like it!

Read a good book titled Girl Underwater.

The rain has let up so today I'm venturing out to run some errands and see the quilt show held in conjunction with the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Festival - an annual event that's being held only 10 minutes away from my house this year. I didn't sign up to take any classes, but I always enjoy shopping the vendor's mall and wandering around looking at people and things. I'm bound to run in to a few people I know and that's always fun too!


Lesley said...

Your little quilt is so sweet...your friend will love it! After reading about your tiles, I looked closely at ours and I think I'll have to get a bottle of that stuff too...but will try to convince hubby to do the painting! Your grout looks great!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Wow! What a difference--all that hard work on your hands and knees paid off--looks great

Jeanette Hobbs said...

I love the little quilt and the floor looks just like it is new. You are so busy and talented. You inspire me.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

It doesn't take long for the light colored grouts to get dark and dingy looking. How awesome that there's a project that fairly easily restored the grout. I wonder if it comes in any color other than white (we usually choose a grout color that coordinated with the tile colors). I love that little quilt, and I'm saving the steps for Lori's SAL ... Since we're out of town most of September, there's no way I can start with everyone else, but I'm going to try to get caught up when I get home.

Kyle said...

Sweet little quilt for your friend. Hope you had fun at the quilt exp. it's always fun to see what's new.. You've been working so hard on the floor and grout. Wow! Looks like a good product.

Me and My Stitches said...

Great little quilt - can't wait to see the whole thing! WOW!!! What a change on the tile - and what a lot of work! I have bad water stains on the tile and grout in our shower and have tried everything to get it clean - any ideas on that? Have a great time at the show!

Karen said...

What a lot of work painting your grout but it looks very good.

I added the book you are reading to my Amazon Wish List. I think it would suit my reading taste.

Janet O. said...

Oh, I've seen your secret project--love it!
You were so quick on step 1 of Lori's SAL.
You did run into me and it was fun to see you again. I'll be back there tomorrow. I still haven't seen the quilt show and vendor mall. Spent all of my time in classes and sewing in my room.
We cleaned our grout last year and it was a tiring job. This process looks even more so, but with more spectacular results!

~*~Leanne~*~ said...

Gayle your floor looks great! I did the same thing to the tile in our foyer and little bathroom. It's been just over 2 years and the grout looks just a nice as the day I did it.
Love your little quilt!
Enjoy your day,