We are currently remodeling our master bath, and have seen lots of ideas in TOH and other places where stained wooden wainscot is used in the bathroom. We are trying to determine the best products to use in order to seal the wood from the moisture.
We live in Chesapeake, VA - high humidity in the warm months... it's a 2nd story bathroom with 1/2" drywall currently on the studs. We've had to remove a good portion of the drywall, as it had the tile surround from the old tub on it.
We are looking at 1/4" oak plywood sheets (4' x 8") to create the "panel" with 1" x 4" oak or "whitewood" (as Lowe's calls it) for the vertical stiles, along with 1" x 6" boards to create the baseboards and caps. As much as I would love to put the paneling directly on the studs, I believe we have to replace the drywall to keep it to code.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated.