Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grouting is a mess

As you can see I have put the tile on the wood with a tile adhesive.  Now I mixed up some grout with water and applied it to the tile with a Popsicle stick.  As I was doing it a few of the small bits of china came out.  I'll repair that after I've finished grouting.  It's easy to reapply them.  After I was finished grouting I took the same Popsicle stick and scraped off what I could from the broken china and glass surfaces.  It's really a gloppy mess.  So you'll want to wear rubber gloves and not one of your new shirts like I stupidly did.  Duh.  Now I'm going to let it dry for several hours to clean the grouting and make it look tidy.
 Okay.  I let it dry and started the cleaning process.  This actually took me about 3 hours on and off.  When I had sponged it all off I found holes where the grout had not filled in.  So I had to regrout several times.  I enjoy this process because it's so fun to see how it's going to turn out. 

One important thing.  It's not a good idea to just pour the mucky grout water down the drain as it can clog it.  I always flush it down the toilet gradually.  When I worked at a dental lab they had a special trap under the sink that the plaster from the models could filter down to.  Since I don't have that I use the toilet and that works just fine.


  1. Yes grouting is messy....but can't wait to see the end results!

  2. Thanks, Carol. It IS a mess but I kind of enjoy the sponging and picking at it to make sure it looks right. It's one of those things you can do and listen to t.v. or a book on cd. My kind of thing.

  3. Dear Julie,

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! It's so nice to meet new kindred spirits. We really miss Salt Lake and Idaho (where we're from) since moving to Missouri last year; say hello to the mountains for us!



    p.s. I've always wanted to do mosaics, and am really fun looking at your blog. We loooove art!! :)

  4. Marqueta, thanks for your comment. It means a lot. I lived in Kansas City for a summer when I was 14 and it was very fun but so so hot and humid! I have to say that dry heat is a lot easier to live with. You really should try mosaics. Just go to your local thrift store and get some china and glass to smash (such a great feeling if you need an outlet). That's all I did. You just put it together just like when you put tile on the wall. Same process.

  5. HI Julie, Thanks for visiting my blog! I'd love to see a mosaic of Gerbera Daisies!

  6. Oh cool! I love Gerber Daisies! I'll have to put that on my list of subject matter. I was going to do a mosaic of some, actually, that my daughter had taken a picture of but the wild side of me just had to abstract it. That isn't my normal tendency at all (if you look at my blog you'll see). It was very fun to see your art!