Recoloring Grout – Made Easy!

I find that no matter what season it is Living here in Portland Oregon there is bound to be some rain.   And rain means mud and mud means dirty floors.   A shoe free rule would be nice but that doesn’t really help when you have a four legged 70lb dog running in and out.   Hence mopping and sweeping daily is just part of the routine; the part that I cannot keep up with it the consistently dirty grout in my kitchen and bathroom.  Although a good grout sealant may have helped with the task the grout was stained in spots and just didn’t look good enough to leave.

Mapei Grout Refresh

I found this great product at Lowe’s called Mapei Grout Refresh  – what is amazing about this product is how easy it is use. Steps:

  1. Clean your grout well – I used a peroxide and baking soda paste.
  2. Apply Grout Refresh with a toothbrush to the grout, and don’t worry about the excess getting on the tiles (unlike many other products I researched).
  3. Let Dry for 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Mist the Tiles with water let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Get a sponge and whip of the excess (the bottle said scrub off the excess but I found that it wiped off with hardly any elbow grease).
  6. Don’t mop the floor with water for I think 12 hours.

So now I will have to see how it holds up over traffic and time, but even if I have to touch up spots it was such an easy application process I won’t mind.

Lowes didn’t have that many colors in stock but there are lots available online.  The Mapei website has lots of cool looking products I am going to have to keep in mind if I ever find myself in the middle of a remodel.kat


Eastons Room Redo

I have been in the process of redecorating Easton’s room.  He is transitioning to a toddler bed and I want his room to be a little more timeless and not so baby cutsy.  Here are pictures of some of my latest projects.   I will post pictures of his room with the new paint job,  but for now it looks pretty crowded with a crib and his toddler bed in it.  You can see the yellow stripes which I love!

Eastons Room

pillows from thriftstore shirts and dresses, hand painted Letter canvases, scrap quilt from fabric remnants, deer measuring growth chart, drawers painted put on caster wheels, leftover fabric streched on hoop.


Dog Lovers – Clean your brooms!

I found this little trick by accident while sweeping our cement stoop.   When I am done sweeping the house my broom is covered in dog hair that I hate picking off with my fingers.  So now I go outside on the stoop and run the broom along the cement a few times, all the hair clumps up on the end of the broom and is easy to remove,  (or just falls off in the grass)  And now I have a clean broom for the next time I sweep.


Table tent

Just came up with this fun idea – Easton loves when I make a tent for him with blankets over the table but then I have to clean off the table and he is always pulling the blankets off and getting upset about it.  I thought what about a curtain that shifts to the back of the table when not in use but is easy to pull to the front for playtime.   I used camouflage fabric as Easton has been duck hunting with dad a lot.   It doesn’t go with my decor but I can live with it for playtime :)


Porcelain Sink Cleaning Made EASY!

If you haven’t tried a Mr Clean Eraser for around the house you really should.  I use them for lots tasks but one of my favorites uses is to get my porcelain sink back to looking new again.  It is a little hard to capture in a photograph but if you look closely on the left hand side you will notice a lot of grey scuff marks and on the right the sink is back to sparkling clean :)


Potty Training Boys

Easton is about to turn 18 months and we are ready start potty training.  It could take years but we figure never to early to start.  I just found this great urinal I ordered off ebay.  It has suction cups and also a clip for use on the toilet.  Right now we have it in the living room so it will be easier to get him to when he show cues that he is about to tinkle.

Time to work on his aim now :)

Wish us luck!




Keeping Berries Fresh

My mom just sent me this –

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water.

Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.

Although berries don’t last long at our house I will use this tip when they,are on sale and I want to stock up for more then a few days