The previous owner re-tiled the master bath floor. There are two places that look unfinished. The first is where the floor tile meets the bath tub tile:

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And the second is where the tile meets the cabinets:

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How do we finish these two interfaces?

  • The question verges on decorating advice, which is off topic, but typically it's wooden base shoe around the cabinet and the same or a tile cove (or just grout) at the wall.
    – isherwood
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 1:59
  • That's what I was thinking already. If they hadn't done such a piss poor job of cutting the tiles, I probably would just grout where the floor tile meets the tub surround. But as you can see from the picture, the gap is horribly uneven. I was hoping for a technique or product that I wasn't aware of. I guess I'm just out of luck.
    – longneck
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 2:59
  • If the gaps are not very large you could try grouting them and see if they don't show much. Otherwise, shoe molding as others have said. Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 15:10

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Caulk. Something that matches your floor grout is preferred so go with a regular or even sanded colored silicone caulk (I have used this). I did notice that some of the tile is butted on the other tile and some with a good 1/8-1/4" gap. I would lay a layer of caulk down on the large gaps flat to tile. Let it dry two days then put a layer that is beveled throughout so that you have about 1/8" bead on the "top" of each tile piece.

  • Good advice. You hardly ever see this done as everyone is in a rush these days and need a 'do-it-once-and-right-now' solution! But it will improve your chances of making a really neat job in my opinion. Smoothing over thick caulk can be tricky, filling in the deep parts first helps in this regard.
    – handyman
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 21:30

Interesting. In the UK the rule of thumb is to use a silicone bead at changes of direction or changes of material. Certainly the wall to floor junction, tile-to-tile would be silicone. Tile to wood cabinet would still be a sealant, but you'd choose one suitable for painting in the future.

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