This is my debut here, even though I have been reading the group
for a while. I am in the midst of home renovations, and as each
area nears completion, there are little issues that need to be
addressed. One is finding a molding (or some other solution) to
put between the irregular tile edges and the ceiling in the
bathroom. I assume that it would be better not to use wood,
because the area will obviously be subject to humidity. Can
anyone suggest a solution to this and possible sources for same?
I haven't yet gotten a site to deposit photos on. The problem
with that tile trim is that the area is irregular, both because
the ceiling etc. are not totally straight etc., and because the
tops of the tiles were not trimmed. Hence, the top edge of the
tile wall is jagged.
Thank you for your response!
What did your tile man say when you asked him about a solution?
And why would you expect the tile tops to be trimmed? OK, if he tiled to
the ceiling he might have had to trim some to fit but should have done so
automatically. If none of the tiles go to the ceiling, all the tops should
line up in a nice straight line. In either case, the space between tile
tops and ceiling should be small - say 1/4" or less - and grouted.
Since your tile tops are irregular, about all you can do is cover them.
Cover them with what? Wood, of course, no reason not to use it, there is
lots of wood in a bathroom...cabinets, doors, toilet seats sometimes, studs
in the wall, etc.
Another "covering" possibility is to grout in the area then have someone
paint a decorative border over it and a portion of the tiles.
He was a contractor who obviously did not specialize in tile, in
spite of his claim to be good at it. I did question this at the
time, but the other party did not listen to me! I have learned
from this, and we have hired an expert for the other tile work.
But that is not the case.
Yesterday we did get some wood molding. It was pretty cheap, and
it will also be treated before it is used.
Well, that may work in some instances, but I guess we'll try the
How much of a gap is there? Is it even through the length? Nothing
wrong with putting wood trim in a bathroom (it is used outdoors quite a
lot :o) Just make sure it is primed and sealed/painted. If the gap is
even and narrow, paintable caulk would probably work fine.
The gap is certainly wider than 1/4 inch. I need to go back and
look. I'd say (but my memory is not great) that it is more than
an inch at its narrowest! And the tile tops are jagged. The
ceiling, too, I gather is not perfectly even.
I did start thinking that wood IS a possibility, so we will have
to see what will work esthetically.
Jean, it would be normal to cut the tile so the tile line was
consistent (+/- 1/4") and caulk the remaining gap. I am guessing
this won't work in your situation. There are trim pieces made of
plastic that are prepainted or colored. The drawback will be that
you cannot nail them to the tile, so a glue only install. Hope
Here is one manufacturer:
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Yes, I had that thought re making the tops of the tiles straight.
I assumed it would be, so was surprised to see the jagged edge.
The gap is considerably more than 1/4 inch. I'll try to
remember to eyeball it when I am at that house later today.
Thanks for the useful link. Friend seems to think this should not
be wood molding. My concern is that is needs to be compatible
with the tile or the wood in that bathroom, so I am also pleased
to see that that molding can be painted.
I've got a similar issue in my soon to be tiled bathroom. I'm doing
all the walls and want a nearly full tile just above the tub rim with
the top and bottom tiles about the same size. That leaves a gap of an
inch and a half at the ceiling. The scale of the room doesn't allow
for regular crown moulding so I plan on using an exterior shingle
moulding that is an inch and 5/8ths.
The big box stores have them in the millwork department in various
shapes and sizes at about $1 per foot. They are white solid vinyl, and
can be painted. I should be able to miter them, glue them in and then
tile. Zero maintenance and a nice detail in a small bathroom.
You can use real wood (not MDF). A coat of primer and a couple coats
of finish and you are good for several years. Since your tile is
already there, you might want to fur out the wall so the moulding sits
Thanks, and good luck to you. We will try treated wood first. I
understand that there was no good solution for the relatively
small area above the tile as far as tile goes, but he could at
least have left a straight edge.
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