The fireplace on the main level of our house should be a beautiful focal point of the living area, but it was…. The pieces are cut and fitted to the inside of the recess. Paintable mantels use finger-jointed moldings and less-decorative wood or MDF (i.e. Medium Density Fiberboard) because the wood won’t be visible. Brick paint or fireplace paint that’s specially-formulated to withstand the demands of a fireplace can wash over the drab, old brick – even if it’s been painted before – and completely revitalize your fireplace and your room.
The walls were drywalled and new windows added on either side of the fireplace.These are insulated units that don’t open, as stained glass windows go here to block the scenic view of the brick wall. Carol Agee is the vice president of Agee Woodworks which has been building quality custom fireplace mantels for 10 years.
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