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Unread 05-19-2020, 07:28 AM   #1
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Fireplace surround herringbone didn't work out

Hi everyone,

New to the forum and new to tiling. I am redoing my fireplace surround and wanted to do a herringbone pattern on the floor with 3x6 subway tile. I measured the middle 3 times, and dry layed the pattern out and still was off a inch on the right creating small pieces. I really took my time and did the best preplanning I could. Pretty upset about this, do you think I should tear this out and start over? If so, any advice? Thank you

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Unread 05-19-2020, 07:48 AM   #2
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I think it looks nice. Are you sure the cabinets are equal from the middle of the fireplace?
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Unread 05-19-2020, 07:52 AM   #3
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Hi Pirate,

Thank you for replying. The cabinets are not installed yet. I am building bookcases and wanted to do the tiling first. I appreciate the comment, I tend to have ocd with symmetry
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Hi Nick,

I would set the cabinets keeping your symmetry in mind, then remove the end cuts (both ends) and install new pieces right up to the cabinets. People will not notice or care that the cuts are different on each end. And don't feel compelled to point out the difference!
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Hi John!

Thanks for your input, I sincerely appreciate it! Before you replied, I decided to grout. I used warm gray which is pretty light and after grouting, it seems to be a non issue. What do you guys think?
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Welcome to the forum, Nick!

I think you’re right that it’s a non-ssue.
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Unread 05-19-2020, 10:45 PM   #7
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Hi Tool-guy!

Thank-you and thanks for your input!
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It is a non-issue, but I've just had another zinger idea: Place a vase or some other object in one corner.
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