Anyways, we did get some work done last weekend and we are thisclose to finishing.
When we left off the fireplace was looking something like this: bricks painted, and almost all the woodwork complete.
The first thing Nick did was caulk the seams, putty the nail holes and give the whole thing a good sanding. Then he applied Kilz2 Latex Primer, which left us with this...
The next step was securing a 2x4 to the wall with screws and liquid nails to support the mantle. Two small pieces of wood were put on either end of the 2x4 for added support.
The mantle is currently hanging on the wall, but I will save that picture for the finished product reveal. This weekend cannot come fast enough.