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Grab Bars Be Gone March 2, 2009

Filed under: Reno — Liz @ 08:42
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Anyone purchasing a home that has previously been lived in by someone else may find that a few details of the home do not suit their needs or lifestyle.  Luckily, most of the time these details can be easily fixed with just a little time and a few ideas.


That was the case with the bathtubs in our home.  When we moved in, each of the three bathtubs was outfitted with a plethora of grab bars (I’m talking at least three per tub).  

Grab Bars
(Alas, I did not have the foresight to photograph the grab bars in our tub, so we’ll just have to make do with this (slight) exaggeration).

Although these grab bars were necessary for the prior homeowner, we did not need them and found them to be a little unsightly and distracting so we decided to remove them.

At the time, we knew little to nothing about tile, or how to fix holes in tile – we thought that we were going to have to chisel out each of the tiles that had holes in them from the grab bars and replace them with new (and hopefully matching) tile!!  Luckily, it turns out that the remedy was a lot more simple and a lot cheaper.  Grout!!  Unsanded grout, to be precise.  According to the DIY Network, we needed unsanded grout, as opposed to sanded grout, because the holes that were going to be filled were less than 1/8 of an inch in diameter.  (Click here for a tutorial on how to mix and apply grout).

  After filling in those little holes with some white, unsanded grout to match the tiles, the holes blend in almost perfectly – I couldn’t believe it!


Unsanded Grout in Tile

After removing the grab bars and filling in the holes the bars left behind, each of our bathtubs instantly looked new and fresh.  The transformation was really amazing.  Go ahead and give your own bathtub a little sprucing up!!