Subway Tile With Glamour Grout Backsplash

We've been brainstorming how to modernize our kitchen while making it brighter, cleaner, and still have some fun personality. I discovered Glamour Grout by Stainmaster and it brought everything we wanted together.
For reference, here's the before shot. It was a very blah space.
We started by taking off the black lip at the back.
We prepped the wall and put up our subway tile. (Please check out my blog post for full details!)
We chose Glamour Grout in sapphire + gold glitter. We mixed it up, added the glitter, and then mixed some more.
I have never been as excited to see something go up as I was for this grout.
I completely fell in love with my backsplash as we were wiping off the excess grout. The bright blue and the gold glitter had me grinning from ear to ear.
We used this section of counter as our test patch, but we love how it turned out so much that we're carrying it through to the rest of the kitchen. Our backsplash has the modern and clean look we wanted, with that pop of color I love and the glitter just sparkles. It gives our kitchen personality.
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16 questions
  • Edith A. Robbins
    Edith A. Robbins
    on Jul 11, 2016

    Would you recommend this treatment for white tile floors?

  • Cici Schnakenberg
    Cici Schnakenberg
    on Jul 11, 2016

    Hi, amazing look, but I do have a question. Will the glitter rub off when cleaning the tile?

    • Wendy R
      Wendy R
      on Jul 23, 2016

      When you any grout, you use a clear seal to protect it. A seal will protect from anything from rubbing off. Read the container to figure out how long grout seals last.

  • Cici Schnakenberg
    Cici Schnakenberg
    on Jul 12, 2016

    So very pretty! Will the glitter rub off when cleaning?

    • Donna Muniz
      Donna Muniz
      on Jul 12, 2016

      I would not think so... I added glitter to my paint in my entry way and hallway. It is embedded really well in the paint. I would think the grout is the same.

    • Lorraine Aha
      Lorraine Aha
      on Jul 13, 2016

      Glitter is the gift that keeps giving. Even if some comes off, there's always more where that came from! 😜

    • Wendy R
      Wendy R
      on Jul 23, 2016

      Not when you apply the clear grout seal that you have to use anyway..

  • Justme2
    on Jul 12, 2016

    how much glitter did you add and can you use any type of glitter??

    • Justme2
      on Jul 12, 2016

      never mind, I just read your blog link, it's beautiful!!

    • April
      on Jul 13, 2016

      Perfect project to glitter up the wall w/tiles especially w/lights under the cupboards. Thanks a million for that idea.

  • Janet
    on Sep 18, 2016

    You mentioned painting grout. Can you describe that process?

    • N. G. Londonderry
      N. G. Londonderry
      on Dec 27, 2018

      I reread this post and the blog and never saw anything about painting grout. Maybe that was in an earlier post.

    • Debby Durband Burns
      Debby Durband Burns
      on Jul 9, 2020

      There's a product that can be purchased to literally paint your grout. I had grubby, stained grout in my upstairs bathroom, called Grout Refresh, that is painted on and wiped off--it's AMAZING! It does eventually wear off and need to be reapplied but it's an awesome way to refresh the look of the floor--especially around your toiled with little boys and young men in the house!

  • Victoria
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Did you seal the grout? It's a beautiful look and you did a beautiful job!

  • Ann
    on Dec 27, 2018

    I’m looking everywhere online for this glamour grout and no luck, there are several companies that make glitter grout the glam grout I haven’t heard of can you please tell me where I can get this.

    my bad, see it on the materials list :)

  • Katen
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Where on the package does it say made by Stainmaster?

    • Katen
      on Dec 27, 2018

      I will answer my own question as not to have mislead anybody, it is not made by Stainmaster.

  • Sally Bostwick
    Sally Bostwick
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Was the black lip at the back attached to the counter and if so, how did you cut it?

    • Linny
      on Dec 30, 2018

      This looks like mine, which is attached with silicone to the counter and the wall............. use an exacto-knife.

  • Shirlene
    on Dec 27, 2018

    I really love the subway tile and I am planning on doing it for my kitchen, but my cabinets are white and counter tops are black with a touch of gray and white, my question is it ok to use the white subway tile being my Cabinet’s or white! I have a farmhouse theme with black and white. Thanks for your help!

    • Chicagirl
      on Dec 27, 2018

      Yes! Yes! Yes! White backsplash will make it look clean and fresh. I have white subway tile with white cabinets and it’s fabulous!

    • Shirlene
      on Dec 27, 2018

      Thank you so much, what color grout should I use

    • Patricia
      on Dec 28, 2018

      I agree. I have white cabinets and a blackish granite counter top. We put up white subway tile for the backsplash and I love the way it looks. Bright and clean.

    • CarlyTee
      on Dec 28, 2018

      I’d do the grout in a contrast colour - charcoal is my favourite go-to. It’s not as harsh as black (which I think would be overwhelming). Not sure of a brand or anything because I’m in NZ but we have charcoal and dark grey available in powder or ready mixed.

    • Sherri Roll
      Sherri Roll
      on Dec 31, 2018

      Well I personally love this glitter grout. We're remodeling our kitchen and will have white cabinets with a darker counter and I love classic subway tile. I think I'll add silver glitter to my grey grout just for interest!

    • Pam
      on Jan 2, 2019

      Gray tht matches the counter top gray would look really sharp

    • Wendy
      on Jan 3, 2019

      Use a row of black tile as your first top row to separate the cabinet and the white tile.

    • Lorinda Mae Lane Silliman
      Lorinda Mae Lane Silliman
      on Jan 3, 2019

      Your white tile with white cabinets will look terrific. Just use the grey grout or even add some of the glitter if you want.

  • Suzanne
    on Dec 28, 2018

    How did you compensate for the electrical covers no longer level with the backsplash (when you put the plastic covers back)⁉️

  • Maggie
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Did you seal it afterwards so it stayed clean while wiping down?? I would love to do this in our kitchen, especially by our oven, but it gets greasy!!!!

  • Christeena Turner
    Christeena Turner
    on Jan 4, 2019

    My kitchen cupboards on counters are wood color brown what do you suggest to brighten it up my favorite thing is the rooster colors I want roosters in my kitchen

    • Julie Pisciotto
      Julie Pisciotto
      on Jan 4, 2019

      Roosters are pretty much every color. Red would be awesome! Any shade of orange, yellow, teal, green. Brown is a neutral so you could use any color, just depends on your preference.

    • Kitinski
      on Sep 28, 2019

      You might also try copper colored subway tile as a backsplash as it throws light around differently than white and might showcase any ceramic rooster in front of it. Couple that with a high border wallpaper which includes roosters.

    • Judi
      on Sep 28, 2019

      If you own your own home you could paint those cabinets after first

      applying Zinsser B-I-N shellac based primer. I found it an Lowes and

      Home Depot.

  • Lois Herron
    Lois Herron
    on Sep 28, 2019

    How to hang up curtains

  • Laura Keenan
    Laura Keenan
    on Sep 28, 2019

    Did you cut out the Sheetrock first and put in backer board. Tiles adhere best to it, plus it keeps walls from getting mold when tiles get wet from splashing, cleaning, etc.

  • MEG
    on Jul 9, 2020

    It came out great. The granite counter tops are great and now the backsplash is up to date but what about the cabinets. Golden Oak or a Honey Oak is it? Maybe try painting them or restaining them so its not so dated. That would finish the update nicely.

    • Jan
      on Jul 9, 2020

      Leave the cabinets alone! They are in great condition! Not everything has to be painted!!!

    • Brenda Myers
      Brenda Myers
      on Jul 9, 2020

      So tired of painting over beautiful wood!

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  • Bek
    on Jul 9, 2020

    I had seen a product similar to this several years ago, and then couldn't find it. THANK YOU for giving me a source!

  • GGGoodwitch
    on Jul 9, 2020

    So very pretty, love the blue grout!

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