Kitchen BeforeHomeowner Blair Wagner and girlfriend Courtney Donnelley are ready to move in together. But that can't happen until he sells his current place. The large three-bedroom, two-bath house is in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Wagner considers it a work in progress. He has made some improvements and upgrades in the eight years he has owned it, but there is still more work to be done.
Real estate expert Brandie Malay provides some constructive criticism to get this homeowner top dollar. She finds the outside of the single-family brick home absolutely charming, but her attitude changes when she sees the kitchen. The asparagus-green walls are nauseating, and they don't match the cabinets or anything else in the kitchen. The green theme continues in the bathroom. There are green countertops, green floors, green wallpaper and green mildew. Malay gives the 1980s bathroom a 1980s word: grody! The master bedroom is huge, but, it's filled with a mishmash of stuff — old-fashioned bedding, gothic-Roman columns, a massage chair and a weird traction device.
Designer Monica Pedersen agrees with Malay's assessment and creates a design plan that will convert this bachelor pad into a family-friendly home.
Step 1: In the kitchen, neutralize the colors, make the updates more cohesive and modernize the overall appearance.
Step 2: Take the bathroom from grody to gorgeous by cleaning the tub grout, painting the walls and bringing in inexpensive accessories.
Step 3: De-bachelorize the master bedroom by replacing the mismatched furniture with new pieces, installing new lighting and warming up the colors.
Carpenters Robert North and Chad Lopez are on hand and ready to get to work.
The countertops and backsplash are fairly new and look nice, but everything else requires help. The bright-green walls must be changed, and the cabinets need a facelift. There are too many personal effects in the room, especially on the refrigerator. They need to be taken down and put away. In the dining area, the butcher block sticks out like a sore thumb, and the table is all beat up.