Step 3: Grouting Old and New Tiles

After removing and replacing tiles in our circa 1946 pink bathroom we’re ready to spackle.

Charlie used premixed grout to fill in the spaces between the tiles.

I purchased some ready-to-use grout which Charlie spread onto the tiles.

The tiles in the shower show more of a color differential in the photo than they do in real life.

Charlie regrouted the entire shower wall back in 2012 with how-to explanation here. This time he grouted only the areas that were freshly tiled.

The new bullnose tiles over the sink are a nice improvement.

The directions on the grout container said to let the grout dry overnight before totally cleaning the haze off the tiles.

Two of the old tiles were notched.
At my suggestion Charlie filled the notch with grout which helped camouflage the hole.

Grout was also used to fill-in notches that had been made in two tiles when an old-fashioned medicine cabinet hung on the wall.


Crack in the pink bathroom tile.


The tiles I removed.

The crack that started the retiling has been fixed.

During the retiling process.


The broken tiles were under the crack to the left of the window.

Next step: skim coat the rough walls in preparation for wallpaper.

Do you misplace tools between projects?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Step 3: Grouting Old and New Tiles”

  1. Your tile looks great! Yes, tools and other things are always disappearing. Right now I’m in search of the clean kitchen rugs that I folded yesterday because I needed to wash the floor. Sigh.

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