How to Make a Bullnose Edge on Travertine

Travertine is a stone with a marble-type look that comes in a variety of shades of brown, gray and beige.

Travertine tile comes in a variety of colors and patterns.Travertine tile comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
It is one of the most popular architectural stones and is used for floors, walls, bathrooms and borders. Travertine requires proper care, as it is a porous stone. For this reason, it is seldom used in kitchens. Creating a bullnose, or curved edge, on travertine tile makes a nice finish for this versatile stone.

Install the tile. A bullnose edge should be ground down after the tile is installed and set firmly.

Mark the tile. Begin marking the edge of the tile at the 45-degree angle you'd like. Mark the edge and the top and side to note where you'd like the bullnose edge to start and stop.

Begin grinding. First use low-grit pads. Grind the travertine corner down to the 45-degree angle you've marked. Move along the entire edge and grind to the 45-degree angle all along.

Curve the edges. Use the higher-grit grinder disks to curve the angles. An 80 to 120 grit will remove the stone slowly enough to control the curve. After the curve is formed, use 240 grit to remove scratches and 400 grit to shine the stone.

Wash the stone. Using a solution of muriatic acid and water in a 1:10 ratio, wash the edge to give the bullnose the same honed look as the flat portions of the stone.

Things You Will Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Mask or respirator
  • 4.5-inch grinder
  • Variety of sanding wheels
  • Muriatic acid
  • Water

Tip

  • Move slowly, taking off small amounts at a time to keep the curve even.

Warning

  • Do not try to bullnose a "filled" portion of travertine. If the stone has any fillers in it, those fillers will chip out as you grind, making it impossible to create a good bullnose finish.

About the Author

Rachel Murdock published her first article in "The Asheville Citizen Times" in 1982. Her work has been published in the "American Fork Citizen" and "Cincinnati Enquirer" as well as on corporate websites and in other online publications. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in mass communication at Miami University of Ohio.