Here is the before:
I'm a huge fan of priming. I prime everything. It takes my project longer to be completed, but I think it's a step that is totally worth while. Plus priming always gives me an idea of what the item would look like white.
Here it is primed. It was this step that I knew I was not going to like the white.
The hubs and I compromised on the wall color. I really thought I was going to like the dark but if it looked awful, I would have had to eat that argument and I didn't feel like doing that. I also thought the wall color would be "fine". Why don't they ever see our vision? SO wall color it was. I went and got it's own quart ($13) to make sure I didn't run out.
It honestly was the same color and same finish (I touched up the walls!), but looked really baby blue (two coats). I did not like it but it took me a couple of days to tell Chad. Who also didn't like it! Woot! Back to Lowes. I found a darker grey in the same family and had them try to match. They couldn't, but I didn't need anything specific, just a darker tint to that color. So needless to say the final product does not have a name. I was worried about it screaming "I'm a fireplace" but it is what it is. Two coats later, I love it and maybe one day I'll style it.
I also painted the "hearth" black oil based high heat resistant black matte.
I hope that when brick fireplaces come back, I'm not in this house, because that is going to be impossible to get back!