Chip In. Hefty translucent acrylic chips add depth and luster to Volcanics Collection acrylic panels. The material is available in eight colors and comes in 1/2-inch-thick, 30-inch-wide sheets. It costs $60 to $80 per square foot installed. LG Hi-Macs, 877/853-1805, www.lghi-macs.com.

No Fooling. Natural Selections solid-surface vanity tops are hand-poured to evoke the rich, variegated character of wood grain or marble. So why not use the real thing? Because that's so last-millennium, dog. Besides, does your natural wood or marble offer the worry-free qualities of an acrylic composite? Not for a suggested retail price of $500...

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