Elsie’s Breakfast Nook (BEFORE)

Hey Breakfast Nook!Hi, friends! I decided I better up my game and finish sharing my “before” plans (FAST) because last week I shared what was a little bit of a spoiler of things to come in this room. Don’t worry, though, it’s not really a spoiler because the room isn’t done yet. Just in progress mode!

We loved this space immediately when we viewed the home for the first time! I wish I could show you pics of it fully furnished (how it was when we saw it the first time), but it was very old school. But in a good way! It reminded me of my grandmother and how she has kept her home basically the same my whole life (even though it’s been completely remodeled, she chose similar things all over again!). It’s kind of like a time capsule. And this home was still very 1970s!

Hey Breakfast Nook! On our list to update immediately—the butter yellow had to go (I LOVE yellow, but not butter yellow), update the flooring and swap out that fixture. Since it’s a small room, there wasn’t a ton to do, which is nice!! Paint alone went a long way to update this room.

Hey Breakfast Nook! As you can see here, the linoleum floors were worn and faded. I wanted to update them with tile, but wasn’t sure what kind of tile.

Hey Breakfast Nook! You can see here that this room goes into the dining room. Since it’s a breakfast nook, I kind of see it as a casual dining room and want to keep the vibe light and fun. Not too formal or fussy.

My initial idea for this blank wall was a giant Dolly Parton poster. You can see here I kind of did that (but not really).

Now all I need is to invite the REAL Dolly over to our home for coffee and brunch. #dreams #goals #nashville

Hey Breakfast Nook! If you can see past all the yellow here, this is an AMAZING feature of the room. There is SO much space here for storage. And for a blogger like me (who is cowriting a cookbook this year!), this was a huge bonus. I knew right away that I could store away a lot of my kitchen props in this space.

Hey Breakfast Nook! Shelf 1—It was weird how immediately (like the first time we walked though the home) I knew I wanted to do a colored glassware collection in this open cabinet. It was definitely meant to be!

Hey Breakfast Nook! Beside it, there is a closed shelf that I thought would be perfect for all my food photo props. I have a LOT of mismatched, colorful dinnerware and glassware. So it’s nice to have a little home for it (with doors!)

It’s not quite visible in these photos, but there was weird wire mesh over the glass on these doors and I removed that.

Oh! And for anyone who thought we should keep our kitchen cabinets and just add new handles, we DID do that in this room. So you’ll get to see what it would have looked like…kind of.

It wasn’t hard at all to remove those giant wooden handles and fill the holes!

Hey Breakfast Nook! Below the cabinets there are a bunch of large drawers. I LOVE these. I use them to store weird stuff like the two waffle makers we own (another weird blogger thing), some other small appliances and randoms like tupperware!

I’d like to put something fancier in there eventually. But for now—waffle makers!

Hey Breakfast Nook! One last view! This is looking in from the sunroom to the kitchen. That tall/skinny closet to the left is a pantry, which is small but useful!

Remember that lattice? That space is MUCH more useful now. Can’t wait to share the progress next!! xx- Elsie

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson

  • I love the built in drawers and the light fixture. The house looks like such a find for someone like you that wants to invest time is transforming it. Others may see it as too big of a project lol! ♡♡

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • Any chance I can take that light fixture off your hands? I promise I’ll share what I do with it 😉

  • I love the shelves and cabinets in this space! Can’t wait to see the end result!

  • Oh my, there is so much character! I definitely prefer older homes over newer models because of reasons just like this.


  • Love those built-ins, they’re amazing! Good luck on all the updates, can’t wait to see them 🙂


  • I adore this room, there’s just so much potential there!! Excited to see it finished 🙂

  • I’m glad it went to a new home! I just love little things like that! 🙂

    Hillary 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see the final result. I know it will look amazing!


  • Oh! Ya’ll’s home renovations are my favorite things on the internet right now. Both of your places are just oozing character and they’re only about to get better. I. Cannot. Wait. to see the afters!

  • Awesome! It means also that the “afters” are coming soon, yay! xo -IVA


  • I actually debated on keeping the fixture (but painting it solid) but it didn’t fit the theme I was going for as much, so I gave it away to someone who was over at my house buying something from Craigslist and saw it and said, “What are you doing with that?” :))
    It IS cute!
    xx- Elsie

  • I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Also, um, I actually love the current fixture! Are you planning to do something else with that somewhere else? It’s so cute! Maybe a garden shed fixture? Eh?

    Hillary | A Very Charmed Life

  • I’m always so excited how everything will look in the end when you show those pictures! I’m sure it’ll look amazing!

  • Elsie, I’ve been loving following all the updates on Snapchat! I can’t wait to see how this masterpiece continues to come together 🙂


  • I can already tell that the outcome is going to look amazing with what you are planning to do. The space is so nice!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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