Man, I am one slow blogger. Above is the finished result of the fireplace project. Not bad at all! I learned a few things along the way, as always, and found the whole process very interesting. It lightens up the space and looks more updated. Peter, the sheet rock king, made everything above the mantel look smooth. Paul, the carpenter, did a great job on the illusion of a lintel and legs.
All Mike and I had to do was paint, and that slowed things waaaayyy down. We are not great painters, even on simple projects. The sheet rock took 2 coats of primer and 4 coats of paint! Why? Why? No idea. The sheet rock was smooth and beautiful, but the paint just didn't look good until the end. The wood pieces took a coat of primer and 3 coats of latex gloss paint. The more paint, the smoother the end result. Another coat would mellow it out even more, but I'm not touching a paintbrush again for a while. I've also been painting another, smaller project. Will show you that one next time! I'm slow, but things keep chugging along.