Problem with metro tile with grey grout in kitchen
We've nearly finished our new kitchen but are running into a few problems with the tiling, which is white metro tiles with grey grout:
1. We made the mistake of installing our cabinets and extractor fan before tiling - so the effect of the brick tiles going behind the chimney/cabinets isn't working. The tradesman (builder, not tiler) is trying to tile around the obstacles and it doesn't look right. I either have to ask him to take down the extractor and re-install it, or accept that it looks ugly and chip away the top section and only tile up to the bottom of the fan (which is a shame as it's a nice design feature).
I think tiling up to the bottom of the cabinets is our only option as it just looks really messy cutting around the cabinets.
2. No idea why but the metro tile isn't cutting neatly - it's chipping a bit. The grey grout is then bleeding into it slightly and looking a bit messy on the cut tiles. The tiles are very cheap - not sure if this is the problem? (£14.95 per sq m). Or the builder's tools?
3. There are a couple of sections where there is a thicker line of grey grout due to the space being too small to add a cut tile - my eye is drawn to these areas (you can see 2 egs on right of below pic). Would it be worth painting them or adding white grout?? No idea how to solve this!
I fear I should have got a tile specialist in - parts of it have been done well, there are just problematic areas. It wasn't an easy job and it was my error not telling the builder to install the fan after (we hadn't actually decided on tiles when started kitchen).
Any advice very welcome. Regretting choosing a dark grey grout - it shows up so much more!
Above - you can see where the tiles have been cut out around hood - on left (directly under hood) we've added grey grout and on right white to see which is the least noticeable. I think the white and then need to draw in grey bits? Not sure what product we'd use? Or would that be naff?
Eg of messy corner area.