We're remodeling a bathroom in our 1957 home, the interior of which is
almost entirely honey-colored oak (trim, windows, stairs, floors) so
we're considering some sort of oak wainscoting in the bathroom. We
don't like the look of beadboard or any of the manufactured panel
products we've seen, so would have to make our own paneling to fit.
Something like in this picture, perhaps, but in unpainted oak:
We'd end up with about 15 linear feet of panels on three walls, about
40" high, transitioning to plaster above.
I have 500 bd feet of red oak boards in the shop waiting to be used
for something, so could mill some into panels and trim for the
bathroom. Or the panels could be cut from oak ply. I'm not sure how
these systems work though-- do the panels float in rabbets in the
trim? Are they glued or nailed to the wall? (we have to remove
existing wall tile, so there will be new wallboard behind whatever
goes up on the lower half of the walls) For a damp location like this
(it's our main bathroom) I assume I should finish both sides of the
panels and seal the end grain as well, no?
If anyone's tried this or has advice, we'd appreciate some pointers to
help us decide what to do.