However, it's almost been three years...and I was recently left alone for the night. So what's a girl (that can't drive and couldn't go anywhere anyway because I had two sick kids) to do..work on a new project of course! What I did know is that a white mantle was a definite and the hearth part will be black. I spent five minutes on pic monkey putting those ideas on paper:
My first thought was white. That is the easiest. Also very predictable. But very clean and fresh. After priming, I was not sold on the white. This is what the hubs liked.
Then there is the same color as the walls option. It would blend in better.
I found lots of painted fireplaces on pinterest, mostly darker. This is where I was leaning.
But there is also the distressed look that I like but this might be too busy for this already very busy room.