Tile-top wainscot in bathroom
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Use Expensive Materials in Most Visible Places

3. Tile-Top Wainscot
Use a luxe material sparingly and for the most visual impact by adding a dramatic ceramic tile border to enhance inexpensive wood beadboard. Try the combo at home using WoodHaven preprimed beadboard, about $88 for a box of 5-by-84-inch panels (enough to cover 29 square feet), and American Olean Starting Line 3-by-6-inch tiles about $6 each; both at Lowes
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