Old World-Style Living Room

A family's newly added living room is transformed from cavernous to cozy.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionUsing a feather to finish this top adds a unique look.
Charles then gets to work transforming the back of the fireplace. He creates a faux-marble finish by using a mottling technique to add a glaze to the top. He adds another layer of paint to soften the mottled finish and uses a feather technique to give the surface the appearance of marble (figure C). He creates architectural impact by adding balusters and a shelf. A mirror and accessories add a finishing touch (figure D).