Tiling after kitchen cabinets are installed

Old 01-12-10, 05:56 AM
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Tiling after kitchen cabinets are installed

I'm about to start tiling around my soon to be installed kitchen cabinets. I was wondering if I should grout where the tile meets the cabinets... or should I caulk? I've heard caulking is the way to go, but that doesn't sound like it would look very professional. These grout lines will be visible especially on end cabinets... I'm a little leary to use caulk because I want it to blend in. Thoughts?
Old 01-12-10, 07:34 AM
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Grout manufacturers make matching caulks for their grout colors. The caulk matches both in color, and in texture (sanded or non-sanded caulks are available).

Grout will eventually crack at those joints as the two surfaces move independently and at different rates.
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In addition to what Johnny said, it is common to install a shoe molding around all cabinets. I guess some don't like the looks of it or don't want to take the extra time.

You should also install shoe molding to the wood base molding in the rest of the room.


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