Asked on Jul 11, 2019

What type of paint should I use on bathroom wainscoting?

FlipturnTeri SweeneyKathy Gunter Law


I've seen it in powder rooms, but they're far less humid. Would exterior paint help protect it?

4 answers
  • Simple Decorating Tips
    on Jul 11, 2019

    I've used all sorts of wood boards, beadboard etc. in bathrooms including full bathrooms! I always prime and paint it with 2 coats of paint. Never an issue. If you think about it, drywall is as porous as wood, and it does fine with primer and paint... wood is certainly tougher to moisture than paper is... so as long a it's not on the shower walls where it's getting soaked it should be fine. (I've even treated the ceiling with wood planking in the shower and it was A-OK. Here is a super old post I wrote several years ago featuring part of the bathroom with wood on the ceiling.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jul 11, 2019

    I have it in my jacuzzi tub room, no ceiling on the wood and it's on the ceiling and walls. It still looks great.

    If you want to keep it natural looking you could seal it with a poly. If you are going to paint, I would prime with Zinsser or Kilz Original and then paint with RustOleum Enamel Paint.

  • Teri Sweeney
    on Jul 11, 2019

    Thanks, folks. I feel a lot more confident.

  • Flipturn
    on Jul 11, 2019

    Is the wooden wainscotting on the walls in the bathroom, or on the tub surround? How much exposure does it get to being splashed with water?

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