I am trying to finish the guest bathroom. I tiled the floor this winter and have just finished making and installing V-groove cherry paneling. The cherry was a delight to work with from planing the raw stock to running it through the router. I used 5/4 rough cut cherry to make the vessel sink stand on the right. Below the picture window will be a 60″ cast iron claw and ball roll top tub.
Wood in a bathroom you may wonder? I think tile is way over used in bathrooms. If you wipe up standing water when you are done there won’t be a problem. I used 4 coats of Helmsman indoor/outdoor satin varnish, it goes for over $43/gallon.
Last spring I used the Helmsman on my outdoor deck made of beech hardwood and it held up fine all winter. I thought I would have to reapply but so far so good. It has been a year outside with no peeling.