While we were at it we decided to add planking to the wall above our fireplace mantel. It matches the back of the bookshelves now and we capped each end with more of the box trim to match the bottom of the fireplace. We painted all of that Snowbound as well. One day I think I want to try liming the bricks but for now the white is making the room feel so much brighter and more crisp than the former orangey wood tone.
My best friend came over for a visit and said she thought it was finally starting to feel like us. I agree. Now we just have to figure out what color to paint the walls!