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Have you ever had a detail of your home—the kitchen cabinets, the bathroom floors, the popcorn ceiling—that you’ve hated and glared at and cursed and willed to transform, but you never quite made the fix? Meet Genie Valentine and her “huge, beige, tile-ridden fireplace.”
“When we first bought our house, I knew I had to one day update the fireplace,” Genie explains. “I started with a small update before we moved in, by spray-painting the fireplace surround black. It used to be brass! At first it was fine, and then I found myself decorating around the beige color of it. That made me resent it. After a while, it became an eye sore and I needed a change.”
After two years, Genie was finally ready to give that thing a makeover. “I wanted