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Wood panelling in a washroom

DeborahEllen's picture

The tile surrounding our bathtub is very old and cracked, and I’m thinking of having it replaced with horizontal rows of wood. This would start at the top of the tub and go up to a height of 5 feet, then would continue around the rest of the room. The wood would then be painted with exterior paint. There is a shower as part of the bathtub, but it is never used. The washroom is really small, about 5 by 7, with 12 foot ceiling. The upper portion of the room is wallpapered, but I want to do something different to break up the height of the room. Can anyone think of a reason this might not work? I have seen wood applied horizontally in a washroom before, but never in the tub area. Thanks for your help.

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roundabout's picture

Have you thought about using fake wood or stone panels (polyurethane) instead of real wood? It's waterproof, you can install it yourself easy. They have some ideas shown here:

brigit's picture

I would not recommend placing wood panelling in the bathtub area where it will most definitely come in contact with water.  The paint will not withstand.  Why not do tile again?  There are some great choices on the market - perhaps a small glass tile to give an illusion the space is larger

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