Asked on Sep 18, 2017

Is it ok to use wood as a backsplash behind the bathroom sink k?

MaryPJ WiseJoe Newberger


I want to stain and decoupage wood to achieve a shabby chic look with at. least 4 coats of polycrytic/varnish to provide protection.

9 answers
  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner
    on Sep 18, 2017

    Only if the paint and top coat will be heat and fire resistant due to it being behind the stove.
  • Alyssa
    on Sep 18, 2017

    While that will offer some moisture resistance, have you considered using wood-look tile? Tile not only works well in wet environments, but will be easier to clean if your backsplash gets hit with anything other than water (soap, shaving cream, hairspray, toothpaste, etc.).
  • Karen J
    Karen J
    on Sep 18, 2017

    I used wood wainscoting as my kitchen backsplash. I coated it with several coats of polyacrylic many years ago. Never have had a problem (stove not near backsplash.). So, I would say yes as long as you seal the wood real good.
  • Kay27246977
    on Sep 18, 2017

    you have to make sure it is sealed correctly
  • Sharon
    on Sep 18, 2017

    Think I would make it marine epoxy, holds up better to wet environment. Make sure to get the crystal clear, non-yellowing one.
  • Joe Newberger
    Joe Newberger
    on Sep 18, 2017

  • Joe Newberger
    Joe Newberger
    on Sep 18, 2017

    if you use a sealant over wood, make sure you seal it on the wall side too otherwise you may install a hidden black mold farm ...

  • PJ Wise
    PJ Wise
    on Sep 18, 2017

    Be sure to seal ALL sides and ends of EACH piece of wood used! (Test a piece of wood over several days to be sure the 4 coats of poly are sufficient to protect the wood.) Because you will be using this in the bathroom as a backsplash, be sure to place the wood on backer board because of its proximity to water and moisture in the bathroom itself.
  • Mary
    on Sep 18, 2017

    I don't see why not. You don't get the same kind of splatter that you would in the kitchen. Tooth paste would be your worst and it washes off.

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