Griffin Before & After: The Kitchen

Kitchen

Ah, the kitchen. One of the most cringe-worthy parts of this house, originally. There were the super-shallow, avocado green wood cabinets. The beautiful but hard-to-access corner sink. The weird layout. The almost-nonexistent counter space. This is the room that took the largest part of our budget and time.

We completely rewired and replumbed the space. Ripped up the green tiles and refinished the hardwoods underneath. Installed new drywall. And then we installed the cabinets, counters, backsplash, and fixtures ourselves. Would we do that again? Maybe, maybe not. But we are very proud of the transformation and grateful to the family members who helped us make it happen.

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Fifty Shades of Gray (Grout)

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When we started the mini renovation of our kitchen at home (which will henceforth be known as The Gray House), I knew that I wanted white stone countertops and classic white 3×6 subway tile on the walls. The question was, what color grout?

If you’ve never gone grout-shopping before, you may not realize that there are a ridiculous amount of options available. We went to the store expecting to make a quick decision, and instead we found ourselves weighing the merits of Charcoal versus Warm Gray versus Delorean Gray.

Here’s how we ultimately made our decision: Pinterest. Over the years, my “Kitchen” board has become filled with images of subway-tiled kitchens, so I did a quick assessment of the spaces I’ve been drawn to. Here’s what I decided:

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  • White grout looks classic and clean, but tends to create a one-dimensional look with the white subway tiles. And because our cabinets are off-white, we wanted a bit more contrast. Still, it hides mistakes, which we were expecting to make a few of.

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  • Darker grout has a more dramatic look, but it tends to darken a space, and it’s harder to hide mess-ups. It’s also what we had in the kitchen pre-reno, and we wanted a change.

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  • Light gray grout highlights the pattern of the tile and adds some depth to the backsplash without shining a spotlight on its flaws.

As you may have guessed based on the image at the top of this post, we chose a light gray grout (Keracolor “Silver”) for our backsplash. It went on a bit dark but dried to the perfect shade of pale gray.

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Stay tuned for a full post on our backsplash project.

Feeling bold? Check out Apartment Therapy’s roundup of colorful grout options.