You may recall I had a very difficult time choosing a grout color for this project. So, rather than take a risk and potentially slather the wrong grout color all over my tiles, I decided to do a test run.
Oh, by the way, my parrot, Lolly, is serving as the Chief Ridiculous Officer over this project.
I pulled out a flat piece of board I had lying around in my garage...
...and marked it to make a perfect square. My thought process was if this test piece turned out good-looking, I could possible use it as a coaster later.
I trimmed off the excess board and got to work.
I trimmed a section of tile to fit.
I applied a thin layer of thinset.
I plopped my tile on top, along with some extra penny halves I had cut earlier in the project.
And then, I busted out my grout. I have used this exact color before, in my townhouse. I decided to go with a darker grout. I felt it accentuated the penny tile better than light grout, and gave it a more "old Hollywood meets Spanish revival" feel. I guess we'll find out soon if I was right! Eeek!! I'm getting nervous. And this is only the test piece!
I applied my grout and then walked away.
But from further away, it looks exactly like what I wanted. I may test out a slightly lighter tan color just for another option. I know I definitely do NOT want to use white grout -- after seeing the white thinset creep through in certain areas, I know I don't like that look.