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I used Medite II for all of my wainscoting and some shelves. It can be painted or veneered. My wainscoting is painted and you would never know that it was not wood. In addition, you can use this product to make cabinets. Medite II is a medium density fiberboard(MDF) which is comprised of post industrial/pre-consumer recycled wood fibers bonded together with a formaldehyde free resin (glue). I live in the northeast, so wood is susceptible to shrinking or swelling during the year. Since I used this eco-friendly MDF, my wainscoting pieces have not separated from each other like wood does in the winter. It looks as good as it did the day it was painted.