Building & Renovating

The 120-Peso Hack That Will Transform Your Bathroom

This affordable solution will instantly improve your bathroom tiles, and you can find it in any hardware store!


We’ve all been there before—we’re brushing our teeth early in the morning, and in the harsh fluorescent light, we look around us and think: This bathroom is looking kind of old and…dingy?

But don’t purchase those expensive Italian ceramic tiles just yet! The bathroom solution we are talking about won’t cost an arm and a leg; in fact, it won’t even cost you 500 pesos. All you have to do is  re-grout your bathroom.

Yes, you heard us right—re-grout. Because the reason why most bathrooms become ugly as the years pass, no matter how often you clean them, is because dirt and mold can build up in grout in between the tiles, plus grout itself can darken and discolor over time.

So all you have to do is buy a bag of grout (a bag usually costs only P120 or less), and then call your neighborhood manong, or even do it yourself (click here). Meanwhile, here are more re-grouting reasons to convince you:

White grout can instantly “clean” up a bathroom.

Re-grouting your tiles in white can give it a cleaner look; like you’ve just scrubbed it down that day, every day! It also adds a maaliwalas feel to diminutive bathrooms, like this powder room by decorator Gwyn Guanzon.

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Matching grout can create a seamless look.

If you use black grout with black tiles, green grout with green tiles, and so forth, this creates a seamless-looking surface, the grooves are almost invisible, and you might even mistake it for natural stone. Try this trick with marble- or granite-patterned tiles.

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Contrasting grout can give an industrial edge.

Using grout that is the exact opposite of the color of your tile won’t make it look dirty (especially if your existing grout is grungy anyway); in fact, it makes the tiles look edgy. We’ve also noticed that gray or black grout looks pretty awesome with white subway tiles—very Brooklyn-style.

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Brightly colored grout can add a quirky touch.

You’ll be surprised that tile grout actually comes in many different hues—including orange, blue, and green. So if you’re brave enough, use a brightly colored grout against a subtly colored tile. Try orange with white tiles, yellow with blue tiles, or turquoise with pale pink tiles.

Main bathroom photo (top) was shot on location at the Avida Riala Towers, interior design by Maybelline Te. Photos of the bathrooms are by Erwin Lim (main photo), Ocs Alvarez (all-white bath by Gwyn Guanzon), Mark Francis Jesalva (subway tiles), and Marc Jao (black and white); colored grout photo from Pinterest. ABC Grout is available at leading hardware stores like Wilcon Depot.

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