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 Jul 11 '17 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). – AlvinfromDiaspar Jul 11 '17 at 4:53

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. – AlvinfromDiaspar Jul 19 '17 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 Jul 21 '17 at 19:08

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