Wainscoting in Bathroom


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Old 03-24-02, 08:20 AM
JasonB
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Wainscoting in Bathroom

I am just about to beging the process of renovating our second floor master bath (demolition first). We have decided to put waiscoting on the lower half of the walls. However, I am unsure how high the wainscoting should go on the wall. For instance, our 1st floor bathroom has half-tiled walls going up 4 feet. If I put the wainscoting up to four feet high, and because I am putting in a 36 inch vanity, I guess I would have to wainscot behind the vanity before installing the vanity since the wainscoting will be higher than the vanity.

Is this right? And is 4 feet a good height? Home Depot has wainscotting materials - is this stuff fine or would someone recommend something else?

Thanks.

Jason
 
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Old 03-24-02, 12:39 PM
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Right off the top of my head I would say 4' would be too high for the wainscoting; that would be halfway up an 8' wall. I think 32-36" would be more like it and since your vanity is going to be 36" high, I would suggest visually the room will look better if the wainscoting (the top of the upper trim on it) ends at the vanity level.
 
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Old 03-25-02, 09:04 AM
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i am doing a very similiar remodel and have been researching the different types of wainscoting available. I think the tow guy is right, 48" may be a little high for an 8' ceiling. I have used the 1/4" baltic birch sheets that home depot sells in another room in the house. It seems fine, but i think i will use a thicker product for the bathroom to guard against warping with the moisture. I have found a sheet product called "ply-bead" at a lumber store, it comes in 4'x8' sheets, it is 3/8" yellow pine. I'm doing my ceiling with the same material.

Good luck.
 
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Old 03-25-02, 06:11 PM
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Thanks for both of your responses. After reading your responses and a google search on the net I realize that having the upper trim end at the lip of the vanitytop.

Dylan - Could you provide me with the name of the lumber store? I'm in CT so not too far away from RI, or I can have it shipped. I searched online with no luck.

Thanks.

Jason
 
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Old 03-25-02, 07:32 PM
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Jason, you might also want to check out 1x6 or 1x8 pine carsiding when run at an angle and capped looks nice. Its not very expensive either.
 
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Old 03-26-02, 08:31 AM
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Jason the lumber store that i talked too that actually stocks the 3/8" pine wainscot is Arnold Lumber. They are in Kingston(right next to URI). Call a few lumber yards near you and ask for "ply-bead", I think it is fairly common and if they don't stock it they may be able to order it very easily(I encountered this at another lumber yard). Arnold also has a very nice selection of molding, much more extensive than the depot. I found a nice chair rail that will sit right on top of the 3/8" ply.
 
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Old 03-26-02, 07:00 PM
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fyi....I put the wainscoting (bought from Home Depot...3-4" wide strips) in kitchen half-way....and bathroom up to ceiling. I painted the kitchen ....and poly'ed the bathroom. The kitchen wainscoting looks good but it now has expansion "gaps" . If your NOT painting the material I would suggest using the Home Depot Wainscoting paneling (4 x 8 sheets)in the bathroom. It goes up alot quicker...and looks pretty good.

p.s: put material past vanity...and cover with nice molding. Combining two different types of molding in lieu of expensive fancy molding works nice.
 
 

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