solid-surface sheets that look like wainscoting when installed
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Long pieces of plywood, solid surfacing, or MDF cover walls quickly, with few or no gaps. Designs routed into thick sheets of MDF (see inset) are deep and convincing; thinner sheets yield shallower and less realistic details.

A. Raised-panel MDF: 5/8" thick x 36" high x 12' long, about $16.75 per sq. ft. with cap, IntriG

B. Beadboard solid surfacing: ¼" thick x 36" high x 8' long, starting at $39 per sq. ft., Swan Corp.

C. Beadboard MDF: ¼" thick x 48" high x 8' long, starting at 65 cents per sq. ft., States Industries
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