Creating a Cozy Living Room with a Fireplace and Accent Wall

The Projects

Danny Lipford frames Barbara Crigler's bump-out wall
Building a bump-out wall for the fireplace will add architectural interest.

Build Bump-Out Wall for Fireplace

The bump-out we’re building is only 6 inches in depth but we still have to build it like a legitimate wall.

Because we’ll have a bump-out, that means we’ll also have crown molding that juts out, which always looks nice, and creates a nice focal point.  

When the framing is complete, our electrician, Jeremy, wires an outlet for the TV and a pair of sconces on the fireplace wall.

Once he’s finished, we can install the drywall, which is a material called Hi-Impact XP from National Gypsum. It’s called Hi-Impact because the gypsum core includes a built-in fiberglass mesh to protect the surface from dents, dings and penetrations.

Build, Paint and Install Fireplace Mantel  

We frame the mantel with 2-by-4s and install it on the bump-out with Titebond Construction Adhesive and our trusty nail gun.

For the mantel top, we’ll use a 2-by-8 instead of a 2-by-4, and we’ll stain it to match the floor.  

Watch and Learn: How to Build a Fireplace Mantel

Bonus Feature: FREE Printable Fireplace Mantel Plans

Whitewashed fireplace with fake fireplace insert
The faux brick paneling we used on this fireplace was nice, but we decided to whitewash it for a modern, on-trend look.

Install and Paint Brick Panel           

Nothing is more iconic in a home than a nice brick fireplace, but brick can be expensive, so we’re using faux brick paneling, which is authentic looking and costs just $35 per sheet.

The paneling looks great, as is, but it’ll look even better once we whitewash it. We apply a 50-50 mixture of water and paint and later wipe some of the paint off with a sponge.


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