Bullnose corner is a common term used in the field of home improvement to indicate outward turned (convex) and inward turned (concave) pieces of tiles and trims. These type of designs are extensively used in households and various historical monuments.
Bullnose corners have three basic uses--tiles, corners, and trims, and they are used for increasing the durability, safety, and artistic or aesthetic value of a selected section of the home decor.
Sharp edges of walls or certain furniture articles can damage your body and clothing, as well as the texture of other home furnishing articles that come in contact with it. Since they are round and smooth, they are largely used in place of sharp edges of walls, countertops, tables, and the like.
Furniture that is made with the bullnose structure is readily available in the market--which means that installing it is not the only option. You need to have an idea of the varied types that are available if you are installing these yourself. The types are determined on the basis of the angle in which they are cut.
Some common ones that are available include--outside 90 degree, inside 90 degree, ¾ inch , ⅜ inch, ½ inch L trim, 135 degree ¾ inch, and ⅝ inch among others. They are available in the pre-cut form, and some of them don't even require any masking during the installation procedure.
Since they are made of drywall, they are durable, and can easily withstand peeling, cracking, and chipping that occurs with time.
There are a few techniques that are used for the installation. Some popular ones are: the dry fitting technique, spray adhesive technique, mud setting technique, and stapling technique. As the names suggest, all these techniques are quite easy to understand and practice as well. The tools used, vary according to the method of installation that you select.
For instance, if you are going to apply dry fitting technique, then you will need corner beads and a pair of heavy duty scissors. If you are using the mud setting technique, then you will need corner beads, a taping knife, and a compound solution that sticks them together.
If you are using the stapling technique, then you will need corner beads, a staple gun, and a spray adhesive. Among all these, the stapling technique is found to be the easiest and most durable.
These surface areas are made of subtle angles, and hence, when it comes to repainting them, it gets even more difficult. Always get the entire wall painting done before you begin with this surface. Also, choose such color shades that are contrasting to the wall color; so that they can remain the focal point.
This applies to the crown molding as well as the baseboard. Once you are done with it, then you can start gathering materials for painting it. Materials that you need include, house paint of the desired color shade, painter's tape, rollers, paint brush, and a tarp.
After gathering all these materials, apply painter's tape above the area that you want to paint. The tape will prevent the color from spreading to the wall decor surface. As a part of precaution, lay down tarp on the floor below the painting area. Once you are done with these steps, you can start the painting process with the help of smaller hand brushes.
Even though the techniques and steps to install bullnose corners are fairly easy, if you find that you cannot handle it by yourself, then you can simply hire professionals to do the job.