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Old 09-26-2007, 06:43 AM   #1
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How to finish open end of kitchen backsplash

I've installed most of the travertine tile on my kitchen backsplash and am uncertain of how to finish the two ends of the backsplash. The tumbled travertine tile is a 12" by 12" sheet of random length tiles approx. 1/2" high layed out in a random brick pattern. One end of my kitchen countertop ends in the middle of a wall so I will have a sharp cut edge on the tile at the end of the backsplash. The other end of my backsplash ends at an archway that leads into the dining room. The archway is just drywalled and won't be trimmed out. For the archway, I can't decide whether to bring the tile right out to the edge of the wall, set it back a couple of inches, etc... The problem is I don't have any trim to but the tile up against. The tile store sold me some travertine bullnose to finish off the ends of the backsplash but I think its too big/thick compared to the tile. How should I finish off the ends of the backsplash? Can I sand the cut end of the tile to give it the same tumbled look as the tile and stick with that as the edge? I bought some brushed nickel metal edging from Schluter as one option but am not sure if that would stand out too much as a finished edge since the tile is a light beige colour.
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:58 AM   #2
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Yes, you can sand it. I'd recommend you try it on a scrap piece to give you the "finish" you are looking for. I'd start with 100 grit. (I think 60 might be a little too rough.) Travertine is a relatively soft stone. I used diamond pads and bullnosed it myself, but it was on larger pieces. I don't think you'd have to go much finer than 220#.

If that doesn't work, I'll always think it should have.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:11 AM   #3
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I have profiled the edges like Brian said, but I like using pencils made in a matching stone.

Pencils are a thin strip of stone that has a full bullnose, use them to cap the end for a finished look.
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