How I Re-Grouted My Shower For Under $50

WARNING: Gross mildew pictures ahead. If you are eating or are overly sensitive to disgusting things, you might want to skip this post.

For awhile now, I’ve been really discouraged about my shower.

You know you try this product or that to clean it, but it just NEVER looks clean? Well, that’s why I got it into my head about a week ago to re-grout and re-caulk the entire thing.

A little background, about me. I’m not a DIY’er. I usually leave tasks that involve trips to the Home Depot or power tools to the Husband. But I thought, “Angela, why don’t you do this yourself? It will be good for you. You might just learn something.” So that is exactly what I did.

I debated calling this post “How to re-grout your shower,” but it’s more “How I re-grouted my shower.” I’m not a pro (as you’ll soon discover), but my goal here today is to inspire you to take up a task or two around the house you’ve been putting off. It might not be so scary/hard/expensive as you thought.

How to Re-Grout and Re-Caulk Your Shower – Step by Step

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Yeah, folks. It was that bad. I don’t care what you say, all the baking soda, vinegar, bleach, or Scrubbing Bubbles ain’t gonna clean that.

So I started by removing all the caulking. This was a rather tedious project, but not difficult. I just used a razor and slipped it under the sides of the caulking.

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This was both disgusting and delightful at the same time. Disgusting, for the reasons you might imagine and delightful knowing I was actually finally addressing the root of the problem!

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Over the course of my blog, I’ve shared a few tutorials and recipes that would lend themselves well for Christmas and holiday gifts! Here are some of my favorites: Homemade Sugar Coffee Scrub. Easy and quick to make. Would make a …

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DIY Dollar Store Camping Kits for Kids!

Make your next trip extra special with these DIY Camping Kits for Kids – all using items from the dollar store!

DIY Camping Kits for Kids - from the Dollar Store!

DIY Camping Kits for Kids

I am all about memory making. It seems the older I get, the more I emphasize the importance of making memories with our kids.

I mean, I know we all have amazing cell phones and tablets and we use those devices diligently to capture our every moment…but, let’s face it…how often do we actually print those photos out for our later reminiscing enjoyment?

So, with that in mind, and an upcoming camping trip to Oregon, I started thinking about ways I could encourage the little ones (ages 10, 7 & 4) to capture their memories, old school style. Dollar Store, here I come!

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25 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Are you looking for some fun crafts to put together with your kids this Thanksgiving? If so, I’ve got a nice round-up of 25 different kid-friendly Thanksgiving crafts for you to consider! For the full tutorial for any of these, …

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20 Pottery Barn Kids DIY Knock-Offs

Sure, you love Pottery Barn’s classic, clean style. But those Pottery Barn prices? Not so much.

To help, I’ve got a round-up of 20 adorable Pottery Barn Kid DIY knock-offs! Use these tutorials to make it yourself – and save a bundle of money in the process. The following projects vary by skill-level, but chances are there is something for everyone here.

To get the full tutorial of any of these, simply click the image or link.

DIY Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Mobile from julieblanner.com

DIY Pottery Barn Kids Step Stools from myfrugaladventures.com

DIY Moroccan Side Table Plans from rogueengineer.com

Personalized Sports Field Sign from infarrantlycreative.net

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15 LEGO Storage Ideas

If any of your children own LEGOs, then you know how difficult it can be to store all of those tiny little pieces. While some kits may come with boxes or a bag to store the leftover LEGOs in, you …

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Taking Care of Small Things: Cleaning your Front Room Windows

For the month of October, I’m taking on all the small tasks that never make your to-do list in a series I’m calling Taking Care of Small Things. Things like making spares of your important keys, swapping out your furnace filter, updating your family’s first aid kit, and organizing your linen closet. I have to tell you, all these little things are having an unexpectedly big impact on me and my home! I’m finding myself finding additional tasks to catch up on and just feeling more organized.

For today’s task, we’re going to focus on cleaning the windows in our front room. By “front room,” I mean whatever room is closest to the front door… the windows you’d likely see from the front porch or walkway. But in your home or apartment, you might want to tackle other, prominent windows, such as your kitchen or family room area. Why just this one section? Because the goal of this series has been to find small tasks that you should complete in an hour or less. 

The reason I picked this task is because I really dread it. I needed the motivation and accountability to get it done! Here’s what I gathered for my window clean today: glass cleaner, paper towels, a couple cleaning rags, and a bowl of hot water with some cleaner dumped in (dish detergent would work fine!).

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Easy Mod Podge Vase Craft

My daughter wanted to make a small gift for her new teacher at the start of the year and I love this mod podge vase we came up with, and thought it would be fun to share with you! The best part is it doesn’t cost a lot of money or require a lot of supplies or skills.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Jars of any sort. We had a great big jar from Costco that was perfect, but really – any jar will do. Mason jars, pickle jars, food jars.
  • Tissue paper. You may have some already from your gift wrap closet. I bought a huge pack of 100 sheets for $6.99 from Hobby Lobby (plus, we used the 40% off one item coupon from their website.)
  • Mod Podge. You can find this popular glue-like liquid at most craft stores. I’ve even seen at Fred Meyer. I also see it’s for sale on Amazon at a pretty comparable price. (We used the glossy finish version.)
  • Brushes. We found the sponge brushes (pictured above), worked great. Hobby Lobby sold 4 in a pack for about $1.50.
  • Scissors. For cutting the tissue paper.

Start by clearing off a space to work. We used the kitchen counter which worked well!

Start by determining which colors you’d like to use for your vase. My daughter had an idea of doing all blues.

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How to Unclog a Sink {without Spending Money and without Using Chemicals}

Ah… the clogged sink. If you’re a homeowner, at some point or other you will most certainly deal with this nuisance. It may start slowly over time, until one day you realize you’ve got a sink full of dirty water that isn’t going anywhere!

If you have this problem, you have a few options. You could head for the store and buy a bottle of expensive (and really strong!) cleaners to try to get it out. I’ve also tried the route of using hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. While this natural method does certainly seem to alleviate the problem, it doesn’t tackle the root of it.

My husband has a very practical, straight-forward and effective way of dealing with sink clogs that I wanted to share with you today. It’s almost embarrassingly easy and best of all, frugal. I should warn you though: this cleaning project is not for the faint of heart! It is extremely satisfying in that you will get to the source of the problem but understand, that source is likely that nastiest bunch of nasty you’ve encountered in awhile. OK, disclosure over. Moving forward!

Start by setting up your space. Under your sink, remove any items around your drain pipes. Place down some old rags or towels and find a bucket or bowl to place under the drain. You are going to be removing the portion that bends in a “u” shape (see where my husband is pointing). 

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How to Make a Mason Jar Bug Catcher

My daughter has decided that bugs are very, very cool. So cool in fact that she hopes to become an entomologist when she grows up! For awhile now, she’s been begging to craft a bug catcher so she can trap and observe this special little creatures.

I figured that surely we could assemble something ourselves without a spendy trip to the craft store. I came up with a very simple, but fun solution that I wanted to share with you today using mason jars.

In fact, I bet you have most of these items lying around your house right now!

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