batten-style wainscoting
photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Go for Batten-Style Wainscoting

Chair rail—height paneling is a great way to add both traditional style and depth to a room. Get the look and feel for less by making a frame that turns your existing wall into a recessed "panel." In this dining room, wainscoting was created using 3¼-by-36-inch battens, 1x8 baseboards, cove molding, and grooved brackets holding up 8-inch-deep shelves—all out of less expensive salvaged wood. New wood paneling would cost about $3,500 more.
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