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Old 12-27-2018, 03:06 PM   #1
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Just under 1/2" left at top near ceiling...


As Beauty and the Beast might say, this is as a "tale as old as time."

I got through laying the rows of my subway tile only to find I had an unworkable sliver between the last row and my ceiling.

Now, before I get yelled at for not pre planning. I tried, but the tiles we bought are irregular...on purpose. Designed to look handmade. So they are all different...pretty drastically so. (Picture included)

So now I have the classic situation of just under 1/2" left. (Close up picture included)

So what's your favorite move for this situation?

1. Grout it
2. Use a pencil trim
3. Attempt tiny sliver cuts
4. Trim ceiling with quarter round
5. Something cool I didn't even think of yet
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:28 PM   #2
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#5: Something cool I didn't even think of yet

would be an ornamental/accent band somewhere in the middle
of the wall that would make up for any discrepancies and that
takes a lot of precise measuring from the band to the top
to make it all fall into place. (other than that, you did good).

but - that is just an afterthought.
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No one will ever confuse me for a tile pro; so keep that in mind.


Looking at the irregular nature of the tile I would fill the void with grout.
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A dark band of grout at the top actually helps to accent the transition between wall and ceiling. I've done similar with paint by wrapping the white ceiling a quarter inch down onto the wall color. Leaving that corner a little wider helps average in the irregularity of the tiles.

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Apply a narrow bullnose tile inverted over the tile at the ceiling to cover the gap. The thinset will adhere it just fine.
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The gap in the top could have been closed by spreading the gap between the last few rows of tile. Since the tiles are irregular, you would not have noticed the slightly wider gaps.
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Funny that was my first thought but I think I waited too long because I tried it on the last two rows and it was noticeable so I aborted.

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The gap in the top could have been closed by spreading the gap between the last few rows of tile. Since the tiles are irregular, you would not have noticed the slightly wider gaps.
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