How to Install Wood Paneling Around a Tub

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How to Install Wood Paneling Around a Tub
Wood panelling can be installed in a bathroom. (Agri Press/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Wood panelling can give a room a natural and inviting look. It is most often found in the living rooms of older homes, but is also common in bathrooms. Wood panelling is sometimes installed around a tub. Installing wood panelling here is similar to installing it in any other room of the house, but extra precautions must be taken due to the faucets and shower head that can get in the way.

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Things you need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Clean rag
  • Circular saw
  • Liquid nails
  • Trowel

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  1. 1

    Remove all hardware in the wall around the tub. Unscrew the faucets and shower head with a Phillips head screwdriver. Hammer away anything bonded to the wall, such as a soap tray or towel hanger; line up a chisel along the caulk holding it in place and strike the chisel with a hammer.

  2. 2

    Set the panelling in the bathroom and let it sit for six hours so it can adjust to the room temperature. This will prevent the panelling from expanding and allow it to fit properly on the wall. Wipe the surface of the wall with a clean rag and remove any dirt, dust, debris and soap scum from the drywall.

  3. 3

    Measure and mark the hole locations on the panelling for the faucet and shower head. Cut holes in the panelling with a circular saw to fit over the faucet and shower head. Set all of the panelling up vertically along the wall and mark any cuts necessary to fit around corners. Mark and cut the ends of the panelling off with a circular saw where necessary.

  4. 4

    Open a tub of liquid nails and dip a trowel into the tub. Spread out the liquid nails over the back of the panelling 1/8-inch thick. Spread it out so it is covering the entire surface of the panelling. Set the panelling on the wall and run your hands over the panelling to press it into place.

  5. 5

    Apply liquid nails to the rest of the sheets of panelling and install them on the wall just like the first piece was installed. Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to set on the wall and slide a tube of caulk into a caulk gun. Pull the trigger on the caulk gun and run a bead of caulk around the perimeter of the panelling. Wipe away any excess with a clean rag and let it dry for one hour.

  6. 6

    Attach the faucets and shower head back into on.

Tips and warnings

  • Only press the panelling into place with your hands. Do not attempt to use any tools.
  • Always wear safety goggles when working with a circular to saw. This will protect your eyes from flying pieces of wood or other debris.

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