How to Glue Wood Trim to a Tile Hearth

Updated February 21, 2017

A tile hearth around your fireplace can add a warm, inviting feel to the area. Wood trim around the tile can enhance the hearth by adding a defined border. Using regular bathroom tile caulk is a simple way to complete this task. While you can use any colour, clear is the best option unless you intend to paint the wood and tile.

Clean the tile area thoroughly to remove any dust, grease or debris and let dry. This helps the caulk to adhere properly.

Place the tube of caulk into the caulking gun, removing the cap once in place. Not all caulk requires a gun though. Some comes in a tube that you simply squeeze.

Stick the tip of the caulk tube at the beginning of the area where you'll place the wood trim.

Pull the trigger of the caulk gun to release the material or squeeze the tube. Make a straight line with the caulk across place where the wood trim will go.

Press your wood trim into place along the caulk lines and hold until adheres.

Wipe away any excess caulk that may ooze out using a wet cloth.

Let the caulk dry according to the instructions on the label and avoid using the area until enough time has passed.


For very wide pieces of wood trim, it will be necessary to make more than one line of caulk.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bathroom tile caulk
  • Caulking gun
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Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.