I am finally *finished with the lath paneling in the master bath shower.
If you recall it started out looking like this and this project is part of my overhaul of the master bath.
*This part of the project is 95% finished. I still need to add a tiny strip of trim at the very top where the lath meets the skylight. For the best match, the trim needs to be douglas fir and I need to make a special trip to DBS here in the city to get that.
I also need to re-caulk the skylight on the deck edge. I have not had any leaking, but I noticed while I was up on the ladder that there are some gaps in the caulking where the skylight attaches to the deck. I finally have the answer to why I have so many ants in my bathroom -they are living in the large pots I have on the deck and are dashing inside to get out of the cold in the convenient little gaps in the caulk!
It is remarkable how nice plain old lath looks when it is planed down. You can see how I did that here. The trickiest part of this project were the pieces at the top that needed to be cut at an angle, which I did by hand with a dovetail saw. It's pretty simple, establish the angle, mark the line with a pencil and follow with the saw which is very stiff and holds the line perfectly.
I would have preferred to leave the wood raw because I like it matte but really did't want to risk the possibility of mildew growing in the wood (it gets black specks). I sealed it with 3 coats of this water based polyurethane, which wasn't too shiny after all. I also used stainless steel brads so that I don't get any discoloration and bleeding from the nails into the wood. You can see the process I used here to install the lath.
I had my doubts about this project when I started but I do feel that the lath looks like it was part of the original design plan. I think going horizontal with the lath was the right choice and I also hope that because the lath is planed it won't look cliche in a few years when that whole unfinished lath thing is inevitably completely dated.
Some Before and After shots just for fun:
Cheers. Let me know what you think, I know the lath thing isn't for everyone :)