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So Long, Bachelor Pad

The McDowells are ready to move into their own place and have enlisted our team of experts to help them.

Carrie and Patrick McDowell are married, but still living in Patrick's bachelor pad. They're ready to make the move to a place where they can make new memories together, but first they need to cash out on their old property. The Designed to Sell team is on board to help this place shed its sports-bar image in exchange for some sleek sophistication.

Real estate expert Bethany Souza is on the scene first, and red flags begin to go up before she even gets off the sidewalk. She thinks the exterior of the building is lackluster and is afraid that the inside will have to compensate for it. Once inside, Bethany is immediately disturbed by the dining room that includes pet dishes on the dining table and cat litter out in the open. In the bedroom, she feels transported to a sports bar because of all the memorabilia, and the mismatched furnishings downplay any of the room's appeal.

Design expert Monica Pedersen devises a plan to transform this home into a property that will appeal to many tastes. She wants to bring in some color and personality, while adding new furniture and eliminating evidence of furry friends. In the bedroom she wants to bring in matching furniture for a sophisticated look. A custom headboard and a chic wall color will accentuate the positives in the space and help garner top dollar at the open house. Here's her plan:

Step 1: So long to the sporting life. Creating a gender-neutral space is key in appealing to buyers of both sexes.

Step 2: Farewell for now, furry friends. Evidence of pets is a turnoff to many buyers, so keep their presence under wraps.

Step 3: Make it a match made in heaven. Coordinated furnishings are a simple way to convey a sense of sophistication.

Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez have signed on to help this couple boost their bottom line.

Before, the only ones eating in this dining room were furry with four legs. Pet dishes were on the table, furballs floated around the floor, and a litter box further added to the unsavory ambiance.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

A new dining table and sideboard create an elegant look in the space. A new chandelier and artwork add contemporary style that will appeal to a wide variety of homebuyers.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $934
bathroom upgrade $354
lighting $217
bedding $135
decorative accessories $200
paint and supplies $145

Total: $1,985

Products from The Home Depot:

bathroom vanity, Espresso, 008033092139

Products from Marshalls:

bath towels, 003197121 and 003197015
shower curtain, 013112536
bedroom pillows, 013647115
dining-room wall art, 018075276
dining table napkins, 005937646

Products from Lowe's:

chrome bar used in bathroom, 226810
bedroom lamps, nickel, 129520
dining-room light fixture, 122302
swag kit for light fixture in dining room, 75297

Products from Target:

towel bar used in bathroom, 097010338

Products from JC Licht:

bedroom paint, Benjamin Moore's Mosaic Tile, 1517
bathroom paint, Benjamin Moore's Cape May Cobblestone, 1474
dining-room paint, Benjamin Moore's Stone House, 1039

Products from HomeGoods:

bedding, 062262

Products from Hancock Fabric:

headboard foam, 000853440

Products from Loomcraft Textiles:

headboard fabric

Products from Wickes Furniture:

bedroom dresser
bedroom nightstands
dining table and chairs

Products from Menards:

wood used in headboard construction

Products from Ikea:

dining-chair pads, 50098693

Before, the bedroom was a major-league mess. The room was littered with sports memorabilia, and the mismatched furnishings created a bachelor-pad rut.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Now the room is designed to appeal to couples or singles. A new upholstered headboard showcases luxurious bed linens. A new dresser and tasteful accessories give the room a style upgrade, and the contemporary wall color adds depth.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $934
bathroom upgrade $354
lighting $217
bedding $135
decorative accessories $200
paint and supplies $145

Total: $1,985

Products from The Home Depot:

bathroom vanity, Espresso, 008033092139

Products from Marshalls:

bath towels, 003197121 and 003197015
shower curtain, 013112536
bedroom pillows, 013647115
dining-room wall art, 018075276
dining table napkins, 005937646

Products from Lowe's:

chrome bar used in bathroom, 226810
bedroom lamps, nickel, 129520
dining-room light fixture, 122302
swag kit for light fixture in dining room, 75297

Products from Target:

towel bar used in bathroom, 097010338

Products from JC Licht:

bedroom paint, Benjamin Moore's Mosaic Tile, 1517
bathroom paint, Benjamin Moore's Cape May Cobblestone, 1474
dining-room paint, Benjamin Moore's Stone House, 1039

Products from HomeGoods:

bedding, 062262

Products from Hancock Fabric:

headboard foam, 000853440

Products from Loomcraft Textiles:

headboard fabric

Products from Wickes Furniture:

bedroom dresser
bedroom nightstands
dining table and chairs

Products from Menards:

wood used in headboard construction

Products from Ikea:

dining-chair pads, 50098693

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