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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2014

i need an expert to finish our backsplash and countertop tile installation

we forgot the bullnose, so now we need the edge of the countertop finished, and we don't know what to do.

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Ouch - how in the world did the contractor not think to ask you what front edge finish you wanted - or do you mean back edge cove or concave bullnose that the backsplash will sit down on ?

Without seeing your situation I cannot give a definitive response - it might be possible to add bullnose or another special front edging or trim piece(s) onto the front edge, or it might be necessary to remove the front row of tile and replace with bullnose, depending on your current situation, whether you can tolerate the front edge of the counter moving forward an inch or two, what profile you want for it, etc.

At the back, you can bring backsplash right down on top of the back of the tile so adding that would be no problem in that case. If you wanted an upturned curved edge at the back of the flat tile on the countertop, then you need to either remove a row of tile and replace with a cove base piece, or cut along the back edge and insert a double cove trim piece. Alternatively, you can butt joint it, put in a finish cove base as the bottom pice of the backsplash (which leaves a raised back edge), a double cove trim, or a sanitary cove base, for instance. For pictures of these, google the term plus the work "image" to see pictures for the options.

One of your biggest issues is going to be matching colors, so the quicker you get on this and get the tile bought, the more likley you are to get a color match.

If this was a DIY job, all is not lost - take some photos of what you have and a spare piece of tile, the manufacturer info off a box (you did save that, right - with model, color code, batch code, etc) down to where you bought the tile originally and see what they can do to help you with ideas for how to finish out your job.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Hello, this is Kiel with Angie's List. You'll want to log in at and search for the category Countertops to see our top rated providers in that area. You can also contact our call center at 1-888-944-5478 or send a written request to for more information.

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Thanks so much!

Answered 6 years ago by KielH


If your countertop is Tile, as I read it, then instead of Countertops Kiel should have directed you to Tile contractors.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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