Well, it seems like I left out a bit of crucial information. I am painting the bricks surrounding the fireplace and mantle to match the walls. They will be the same color as my sewing room is now, a soft greenish gray. I still have the edge of the bricks on the right to do all the way up and about half of the bricks facing the room on the hearth. Then there's the 5/6ths of the top part.
I think I'll get done priming tomorrow. The primer has covered well, and I'm hoping to just put a coat or two or paint on top of this. I think painting it to match the wall will make the room less dark as well as making the fireplace not stick out so much. Never dreamed it would be so tedious.