French Provincial Sitting Room

The design team achieves yet another high-end look at a fraction of the cost.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe team uses medium-density fiber board to replicate the half-wall fireplace in the inspiration room.
The homeowner's fireplace was all brick from floor to ceiling. To replicate the half-wall fireplace in the designer room, Jamie builds a box using medium-density fiber board (MDF) to cover up the brick from mantel to ceiling. The cover is fastened to the brick with a masonry bit and special concrete screws. The crown molding in the room is continued around the cover so it will blend seamlessly into the walls. Finally, the cover is painted the same neutral linen color as the walls.

Tip: Using MDF is a great alternative to pure wood. It takes paint really well, has a nice and smooth surface and is very inexpensive.

For all available product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.