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Hi,

I’m tiling my kitchen (first attempt at tiling) and have a couple of questions.

1) what can I do to sort this edge where it meets the splash back? I thought I could grout it but the tiles aren’t all the same length and I think it’ll look rubbish.

2) my wife wants to use a light grey grout to match the kitchen but I think the tiling looks a bit sloppy and I’m worried that a darker grout (Mapei Manhattan) will highlight my bad tiling.

Should I have got a professional in? YES! Any advice here would be welcomed.
 

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1) The edge would look neater if you could get the tiles the same length, you could file them down. If you have enough tiles and are confident enough I would suggest redoing the cuts to get them even. Alternatively based on what you are left with I think would attempt to hide it with some trim. It looks like you are cutting them with an anglegrinder, invest in a cheap score and snap tiler cutter and you will get a cleaner edge.

2) You are correct, a contrasting grout can highlight uneven grout lines. White grout on white tiles will be more forgiving. Manhattan is very pale though so you might get away with.

The tiling itself doesn't look horrendous, I seen worse posted on here by supposed professionals. It needs a good clean up and make sure you clean any adhesive out of the joints as this can peak through the grout.
 
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1) The edge would look neater if you could get the tiles the same length, you could file them down. If you have enough tiles and are confident enough I would suggest redoing the cuts to get them even. Alternatively based on what you are left with I think would attempt to hide it with some trim. It looks like you are cutting them with an anglegrinder, invest in a cheap score and snap tiler cutter and you will get a cleaner edge.

2) You are correct, a contrasting grout can highlight uneven grout lines. White grout on white tiles will be more forgiving. Manhattan is very pale though so you might get away with.

The tiling itself doesn't look horrendous, I seen worse posted on here by supposed professionals. It needs a good clean up and make sure you clean any adhesive out of the joints as this can peak through the grout.
Thanks mate, that’s great advice. I’m going to get a trim and redo the edge. Nice one!
 
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