I have an old house that came with stained wooden planks for the lower bathroom shower ceiling. I recently tore down the ceiling in order to fix a drain leakage in the shower above. Now im looking to redo (reinstall) the ceiling using brand new wooden planks.

I got thin aromatic cedar plans from home-depot. They came in a box and they inter-lock with each other. After the ceiling planks are all installed i planned on doing additional caulking and then painting it with paint + gloss coating (to further prevent moisture from entering thru).

Link to the cedar slats im planning to use.


  • Does anybody see any outstanding or possible future issues with this nearly complete DIY project (i still need to sand this down and paint it)?

  • Also, I will probably add an extra layer of gloss paint for water/moisture protection. Will this cause any issues, like trapping undesirable moisture above the wooden planks?

Thank you for reading. All feedback is welcome!


I have installed the cedar plans (despite them being very thin and warped in some places). I used nails, liquid nails, and finished with latex/silicone caulking along all the joints.

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    What was behind the slats of the original shower and what condition were they in barring what the leaking shower above did to them?
    – Jack
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 4:36
  • Behind (above) the slats was nothing. It is just open plumbing, ducts, etc. I am able to see the floor of the bathroom above. The condition was pretty dusty, some few dead insects, cob webs, possibly old water stains (white stuff). Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 4:53

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If I were you, I would sand out the flaws from liquid nails, etc. and stain/varnish. I would add some cedar details other place in the bathroom as well. Finish with clear silicone II at edges and joints. Looks nice!

  • I started with clear silicone, then i stopped because i realized i wont be able to paint over them. Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 21:25
  • Right. Silicone is the very last step. I was suggesting stain or varnish because the wood is so good looking. Makes the bathroom look warm and cozy.
    – M.Mat
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 19:08

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