When we first moved into our home 3 years ago there was no focal point to our long narrow bowling alley of a living room. I was longing for a place to hang stockings and display art so I decided to build my own faux fireplace, here’s how……
“Before” The space between the French doors and hallway entrance seemed like a natural spot for a fireplace.
Thin MDF was used to “wrap” the frame. I like this MDF because there is no need to sand it, it’s very light weight, can be cut easily and is just easily manipulated in general.
I added 2×4’s to be the base of tiled inset trim around the open box area of the fireplace. I also added MDF to the onset box area on which I layed tile. I used a piece of cheap white wood as the top of the mantle and white wood 1×4 trim around the ledge.