I've been out of the house MOST of the day between an eye appointment for my youngest son, then lunch out (thanks for the free sandwiches, Chick-fil-A), then picking out new frames for my son, then to Good News Club with Rachel (love seeing "my kids"), then several trips to the karate dojo.
Above are two more pictures of the soon-to-be finished product.
I tried taking an aerial view of the mantle and hearth by standing on a ladder in the middle of the room. The fireplace has a package of large indoor flood lamps and a huge putty knife in it...just to add ambiance! At least I rolled the BRUTE trash can out of the way for the picture. Soon I'll be spray painting the former fireplace screen black. I think it will make it look even bettter!
Nearly all the baseboard and closet trim are up. They look marvelous. Plain, bright white. Lovely.