How to Bullnose Tile Inside Corners

  • 2-12 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75-500
What You'll Need
Tile Scorer
Grout Mix
Rubber Gloves
Grout Sealer

You can add your own rounded-edge bullnose tile to your flooring, walls or countertop with enough time and the right tools. However, an inner corner can pose a challenge when laying this type of tile. While it is still possible to achieve the effect you are looking for in an inner corner, you will have to use special techniques to get it right. What follows should give you all of the information you need to bullnose your kitchen tiles, no matter how you plan to set them up.

Step 1 - Installing Tile

Install your kitchen tiles as you would normally. When you reach a corner, you may have to cut your tile in order to make it fit correctly. In order to do this, you will need a tile scorer, a ruler, and a pencil. Measure your tile so it will fit when you cut it, and mark it with your pencil. Next, put the tile in your tile scorer and use the blade to score it. Finally, use the handle to break the tile cleanly along the line you scored.

Do this for all interior corners, as many times as necessary.

Many tiles come in inner corner specific models for this very purpose. Check to see if yours do, as this is much less work than customizing each individual tile that comes into contact with your corner.

Step 2 - Mixing Grout

Once you have installed the tiles in your corner, you will have to grout the tiles. The first thing you must do in order to accomplish this successfully is mixing the grout.

Any grout mix that you can buy will recommend amounts of water and grout powder to mix together. Get out your bucket and mix the amounts recommended by your kit into it.

Step 3 - Applying Grout

Before applying grout, put on your rubber gloves.

Get some of the grout paste onto your trowel. Once you have done this, use the trowel to apply grout paste to the joint. Hold the trowel at a 30 degree angle to the wall as you apply the grout. Be sure to work it all the way into the gap. Additionally, you should try to spread it evenly. However, you do not need to worry about using too much grout.

Once you have the entire joint covered, clean off your trowel. Use it to go over the joint again, this time perpendicular to the tiles. You should be able to remove all of the excess grout by doing this.

Step 4 - Removing Haze

Wait 30 minutes, and use a wet sponge on the area around the grout you have applied. This will prevent any extra grout from drying on your tile and damaging its appearance.

Step 5 - Sealing the Grout

After your grout is installed, you will have to seal it. Wait 3 days before doing this. Use grout sealer on a paintbrush, and then use the paintbrush to apply it over the dried grout. Once you are done installing the grout, you should see an attractive curve that matches the shape you desired.