Added new refrigerator cabinet, now how to tile?

marti8aApril 14, 2012

The existing tile does not go under the original cabinets. So we removed the tile before installing the refrigerator cabinets. It is deeper than the base cabinets beside it, so a few inches will have tile on both sides of the cabinet. Should we cut and piece around both sides, or cut the bottom of the cabinet a few inches and slide a tile under it?

When our wood floor was installed, they cut off the bottoms of all the door trim and even cut out the bottom of the brick around the fireplace and slid the wood under it. It looks much better that way.

Cutting the cabinet isn't a problem, but I don't know how to slide a tile under there without messing up the thinset. How do you do that?

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The floor actually should always go in first in any reno, followed by the cabinets. Or, if flooring decisions leave it until last, plywood the thickness of the finished floor should be installed under the cabinets so you don't run into trapping the DW or height issues with the refrigerator or range.

Since that didn't happen here, the finished floor should always go all the way through the appliance alcoves. You just cut the tile to fit around it. Install the tile all the way under the fridge, DW, and range. It will be a lot more cutting, and you may run into issues with clearances for the appliances.

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