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Unread 06-11-2021, 11:34 AM   #1
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Trimming a niche with bullnose on top of tile

Hey folks! I’ve been a wandering user of this forum for a couple years now as I have been working on a from scratch shower remodel. This is my first time posting.

So I’ve been working on tiling this shower finally and have a question regarding trimming around this niche. My wall tile+grout spacer measurements ending up being off (head slam) and the field tile didn’t butt up against the bottom lip of the two lower niches as I would have liked. The problem I'm trying to solve/hide now is that I have about a 1 inch gap below the bottom two sills that I’m trying to hide.

Is it possible to put coordinated tile bullnose around this niche? How would I go about attaching it properly to existing tile? Is this a workable option if I adhere it and then silicone around all edges? (the result I'm pondering is it would end up looking like a picture frame around it)

I didn't care for opting for using pencil trim as to me I thought it would look odd only in one place (below the bottom sill) and not all around as I don't currently have space all around the edges of the niche to fit in the pencil trim without cutting them out.

I'm really trying to not rip out what i've done so far but I am open for suggestions.

PS. The backing behind the tile is 1/2" durock cement board, butt joints were sealed with thinset mortar/alkaline cement board tape/fiberglass membrane and covered with 3 layers of AquaDefense.


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Unread 06-11-2021, 04:54 PM   #2
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Hi Melissa, welcome. It's hard to tell what you need there. Is it the T shaped area? A little closer pic might be needed.
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Unread 06-11-2021, 05:42 PM   #3
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Hey Davy. It's the outer perimeter of the entire niche area. But the concerning part for me is the wider gap under the bottom left niche. Trying to upload a better photo. Essentially I'm wondering is it "safe" to apply coordinated bullnose around the whole perimeter using epoxy or thinset to hide the grout lines plus the wide gap (about 3/4") under the bottom left niche.
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Unread 06-11-2021, 05:46 PM   #4
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Unread 06-11-2021, 06:04 PM   #5
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Example of what I’m thinking. Eventual picture frame all around with mitered cuts.
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I would have put the BN inside the niche and let it overhang the wall tiles. The BN wouldn't be wide enough so small pieces would need to be installed behind them. I can't see an easy fix, maybe someone else does.

If you do use the BN tiles, I would bond them with epoxy. Tape them in place while the epoxy sets.
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With the multiple niches you need to trim out, I can see ripping bullnoses down to a narrower strips and using them back to back. That would involve multiple 45 degree miters for the “interior” bullnoses and the “exterior” bullnoses.

But what about using something like a marble saddle ripped down to narrow strips and simply frame the niches out using butt joints?

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Do you all have any recommendations on the the type of epoxy to use?
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