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September 28, 2021

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World’s Worst Tiling Jobs You’ve Ever Seen

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Not too long ago we took a look at some of the worst grouting and caulking jobs we’d seen. Now, we topped even that list in terms of atrociousness and utter devastation of both technique and character. These have to be the world’s worst tiling jobs we’ve ever seen. When you see something crazy…you just have to share it!


Everybody’s seen them. Tile jobs that went wrong. If ever there’s evidence of needing to hire a professional, it’s those times when I walk into the bathroom at a restaurant or public facility and gaze upon the destruction of a tile job obviously undertaken by a staffer or otherwise unqualified individual. And I’m not saying that Joe Schmo shouldn’t try to take on a small tile job, but if you don’t have the required skills, a discerning eye, or just a sense of personal pride—you’re better off hiring the pros to do it for you.

Last year we took a look at some of the worst tile and grout jobs we’d seen. This year I think we topped that list in terms of atrociousness and utter devastation of technique and character.

Don’t Repeat These World’s Worst Tiling Jobs

Everybody’s seen them. Tile jobs that went wrong. If ever there’s evidence of needing to hire a professional, it’s those times when we walk into a restaurant bathroom or public facility and gaze upon the destruction of a tile job obviously undertaken by a staffer or otherwise unqualified individual.

We’re not saying that Joe Schmo shouldn’t try to take on a small tile job. However, if you don’t have the required skills, a discerning eye, or just a sense of personal pride—you’re better off hiring a Pro to do it for you.

Without further ado, here are the world’s worst tiling jobs you’ve ever seen (and our obligatory running commentary of sarcasm):

#10 Don’t Drink and Tile

Maybe you should wait until after work to have that beer. Seriously, if you can’t make a straight line you might want to get some help, or a laser layout tool… or something. This tile job looks more like an M.C. Escher painting… and that’s before you consider the lackluster grout job. While we might blame the tiles—someone decided to rotate them in uneven groups of three. No one gets to claim innocence in this restaurant bathroom.

make tile straight again

#9 Just Add More Grout!

When you want to renew that old tile and make it new again you just add a ton more grout…right? What’s not pictured here is the wrap-around portion just off to the right where the grout is literally 1/2-inch wide. I guess since it’s white they figured no one would notice? Remove old grout before adding new and you can avoid this problem altogether.

just add more grout

#8 Let the Color Blind Guy Pick the Tile

What’s worse than mixing white with off-white? Mxing off-white with “cigarette stain yellow”. This beauty of a tile job apparently looks pleasing to somebody. We just think it’s a bad choice from the get-go. Take a brief color theory class or steal an idea from Pinterest. Whatever you need to do to get a cohesive tile design…just don’t mix these two colors ever again. Please.

color blind tile guy

#7 You Missed a Spot

This little bump may seem like nothing, but in a sea of tile, it sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. It doesn’t take the best oscillating multi-tool available to fix this problem—but it might help. In reality, though, you should never leave a bump like this on tile when you grout. Many of the worst tiling jobs come down to something very small that ruins the entire look. Fortunately, this one’s an easy fix.

dad im pregnant

#6 Worst Tiling Jobs Where You Just Slap Some Caulk on There

We’re not sure what was being thought of here, but the bottom line is that it looks like the solution was a lazy, thick line of white Alex caulk. It’s not the worst thing we’ve seen, but it sure isn’t pretty. There are sanded caulks on the market. They will cost a bit more, but assuming you can charge the client, there’s no reason not to at least attempt to blend in better with the existing grout.

goop that caulk in there

#5 Budgeting Grout, This Worst Tiling Job Takes the Cake

Caulk is cheap—so is grout. Apparently, this tiler decided to skimp on the grout, which resulted in serious shrinkage and ruining the otherwise decent tile job. If the grout doesn’t look right, the tile looks wrong. Take that to heart and make sure you have the right amount and consistency to avoid a call back.

hurry we on a tile grouting budget

#4 Grout Sponge? Never Heard of It

A sloppy job removing excess grout will leave streaks like this on corners. If you don’t get all the way in there, you don’t remove the excess. That leaves you with residual grout that is harder to remove down the line. If you notice, this was a re-grout, so we can’t blame the original installer. Whereas we’re thankful they went with grout over caulk, finishing the job properly would have been better. Instead, we get a good decision followed by poor execution.

no wipe off needed

#3 Plan Your Tile, Then Lay It

When you don’t plan your tile you end up with odd results. Here you can almost see the gears turning. Likely, the tile guy got to the corner and realized he’d be laying split tile down the entire inside corner of the door. Who wants to do that? So, at the top of the door, you’re left with a dilemma. His solution? Create a very odd-shaped L-tile, which he apparently broke, rather than cutting out the corner notch with a diamond blade.

Plan your layout and always carry a 4-inch angle grinder with a diamond blade.

poor tile layout planning

#2 Not-so-Mitered Corner Kick

We love soccer, so we’re used to enjoying a nice corner kick. This one, however, is going to hurt mighty bad if you graze it with a toe. Mitering outside corners is a huge thing when dealing with tile in a kitchen or bath. You don’t want to miss this little detail as it can actually cause a pretty nasty injury to a homeowner. Those corners are sharp!

mitered tile corner kick

#1 Ah, Just Slap it in There

This worst tiling jobs example lives at the local baseball field where the minor leagues play and the majors hold their Spring training. Apparently, some tile fell out—possibly from mold or humidity—who knows. To some maintenance guy the solution was simple: use Liquid Nails to secure the new tile to the wall!


Yes, of course, why bother fixing it when you can just slap on some glue and affix said tile to the wall. I mean, this time they’ll at least stay! And while you’re at it, don’t bother making sure the tile is smooth, or even bothering with pesky grout. Grout is for sissies.

Tile Job 1

Wrapping Up the Worst Tiling Jobs

Hope you enjoyed our little worst tiling jobs article… And if you’re a tile guy, please feel free to contact us and let us know of any horror stories you might have encountered. We know you’re looking!

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Jerry White

They all look like commercial jobs to me, and we all know the majority of commercial jobs look like shit.

Rob Ifflander

looks like every tile job i’ve ever seen in Spain

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