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Bennylava 09-18-2013 10:18 PM

Best way to lay tile on fireplace?
Hi all. I am wanting to tile my fireplace with some of that slick high quality grey tile. The tile has a high gloss finish on it. But What is the best way to do the transition from the flat, horizontal surface, to the vertical surface where the brick meets the wood floor? I don't really know how to do the corner there. I don't really want some thick grout line, or the unpolished surface of the side of the tile showing. But I'm trying to keep it all flat. See the pic for what I'm talking about.

joecaption 09-18-2013 10:28 PM

Baseboard or bull nose tile should work.

oh'mike 09-19-2013 05:54 AM

If the tile is solid porcelane the edge can be polished or even bull nosed---my local tile supplier provides that service.

A long mitered edge is possible--if you have the use of a bridge saw it is rather easy.

Bennylava 09-20-2013 02:23 PM

So I need to get porcelain so that the edges can be polished. Also, what exactly is bull-nosed? I have never heard of it.

oh'mike 09-20-2013 02:27 PM

Most tile is just a colored glaze on the top with a different colored body---the edges look ugly----

Solid body porcelain is not glazed--the material is the same color all the way through--much like granite---those can be polished ,by a shop that has the right equipment---

Bennylava 09-20-2013 06:03 PM

Thank you very much for the helpful replies. Would you say that this is the preferred method of making the corners look good? How would the pro's do it?

oh'mike 09-20-2013 08:12 PM

I have a bridge saw ---so I do a lot of mitered corners----it is expensive to have porcelain tile or granite bull nosed and polished---so I seldom get that done.

Many tile have matching bull nose---so that is an option also.

oh'mike 09-20-2013 08:14 PM

Marble is soft enough to bull nose your self using a belt sander and a buffing pad in an angle grinder-----I bull nose a lot of marble----

Bennylava 09-21-2013 05:22 PM

Anyone happen to have a pic of a bullnosed piece?

oh'mike 09-21-2013 06:31 PM

ceramic tile bullnose - Bing Images

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