Is it okay to install reclaimed self-adhesive wood panels in by bathroom?

Will they warp from moisture on the walls after I take hot steamy shower? The instructions say to not install in bathrooms, shower rooms, or rooms that get excessive moisture. But is a bathroom considered excessive moisture? Also can I light spray like a matte clear poly urethane to protect the boards from absorbing too much moisture without damaging the color of the reclaimed wood planks? It is the only place that they will look good in my condo except maybe above my cabinets in my kitchen. Is it a go or no go?


The manufacturer knows their product better than we do, and they say it's not for bathrooms or places with excessive moisture. So I guess you're really asking if the manufacturer is being overly cautious to avoid warranty issues, or if they know what they're talking about. Clearly, if you proceed with this project, it's at your own risk. Have you considered that the adhesive may not hold up to moisture? Reclaimed wood has probably done all the "warping" it's going to do, but wood swells and shrinks according to it's moisture content. It's 'possible' that the moisture and/or movement of the wood may also weaken the adhesive. Polyurethane will yellow the wood, and also won't protect it from moisture unless you coat both sides....and that's where the adhesive is, right? If you only coat one side, the boards will 'cup'...warp across the grain. I live in a log home with exposed beams. The entire downstairs ceiling (including the bath/shower) is the underside of the 2nd floor T&G flooring. So basically, the bathroom has an unfinished wood ceiling. It has survived for 40 yrs with just natural darkening. Good ventilation is crucial because the wet environment invites mold. How does this apply to you? Well, we know that unfinished wood *can* exist in a bathroom. When you shower, does water collect on the walls? Good ventilation is crucial to avoid mold. The big question in my mind is the adhesive, and how well ventilated your bath is. If the paneling fails in a few years, how much extra work will it be to resurface the wall with something more appropriate?


Yes, a bathroom is considered a room with excessive moisture and that's why they say NOT to install them. Bathroom walls should have either Green Sheetrock or cement board on them due to the high moisture environment.


Rocket scientist you're not.

Pearl L

if they tell you not to install it in bathrnns they nnight have a good reason for it