Elsie’s Dining Room (BEFORE)

Elsie's Dining Room Before Hello! It’s time to talk about the dining room. This room has so much potential. I really REALLY love it.

These photos were taken on the day we bought the house in May. Some of the major changes we want to make are restaining the floors a light color (so you can really see the herringbone pattern in the wood). I want to do a bolder wallpaper (more thoughts on this wallpaper here), and I’m trying to decide whether or not to remove the chair rail.

The wallpaper, rug and light fixture we picked out for this room are EPIC! I can’t wait to see them all together!

SmAR5A4792SmAR5A4796These doors go out to the sunroom. We removed the curtains and everything, but since the molding was built around them, it looks kind of funny now and we need to either repair it or put up some kind of curtains. Thoughts?

You can tell it’s going to be SO pretty, though, right? The light is so nice in this room!

SmAR5A4789This chandelier is really pretty. It fit the previous owners’ style perfectly. We decided to go with something more modern, though. I could write a million posts about how much harder it is to get rid of something you LIKE that doesn’t quite fit than something that you really hate. I have weird guilt. I wish I could be Laura in moments like these (she’s ruthless, you guys!), but I struggle. And then ultimately, I always get rid of it. Buh-bye pretty brass chandelier.

Sm AR5A4791One last wallpaper photo. My mom tried to talk me into keeping it. But I think when you see what we picked instead you’ll understand. It’s SO SO different. Like two sisters who are both really pretty but would never ever EVER wear any of the same clothes. That’s my analogy for these wallpapers.

Sm AR5A4798From here you can see into the living room. Since we did the bold turquoise floor, I want to be conscious of the colors I choose so they don’t clash.

Sigh! There is so much I want to do in this room! We decided to keep our DIY dining room table. It’s crazy how much I still love that thing. I even spent an evening shopping for tables just to test my feelings and I couldn’t find a single one I loved more for any price. That’s love, you guys!

I’m really excited about this space. It’s going to be special. Kind of fancy (in a fun 1960s inspired way) but also cozy. I can’t wait to share more!! xx. Elsie

  • My vote is to keep the chair rail- always. And I think if you carefully remove the bumpouts and then repair the crown with the original material of the bumpout…

  • I would like to know if that beautiful chandelier is still available? I would like to how can I get it .
    Thank you

  • I’d repair around those doors. It would be so open and beautiful with all that light coming in! Excited to see the after and what wallpaper you’ve chosen!

  • I am actually kinda digging the wallpaper.. really curious to see the results!

  • I can’t wait to see the finished place 🙂 Loving your reno updates!


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  • I think this floor alone is amazing, I love the colour and the pattern!

  • Every time you share before pictures of your house I get so excited about seeing what you will do with the space!

    My vote is to keep the chair rail- always. And I think if you carefully remove the bumpouts and then repair the crown with the original material of the bumpout, you’ll be successful. I am very biased toward moulding though. 🙂

  • I would like to have the chandelier. It s too nice to put in a dorm room. I can come pick it up tomorrow. How much do you want for it. It us an elegant lighting fixture. Let me know your thoughts.

  • I just love how big this room is! The dinning room table of dreams will go in there!


  • Hi Elsie it is a great room

    I have just finished repairing some moulding in my Victorian home and it was a pain in the behind and the air was blue when I had finished. It does look okay now but it was a smaller area than you have to deal with. You could add some fun voile curtains so you don’t lose the light and you can close them to diffuse it when it gets super sunny.

    Bon courage as we say here in Paris and power through

    Nicolette xo

  • If it were me I’d probably go and repair those doors. The curtains tend to block out the light which would be absolutely beautiful. But if that can’t be possible maybe pick some really light and translucent-ish fabric for the curtains. Something that’s airy and will let all that natural light seep through 🙂


  • Those floors are absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to see the finished product!! XX


  • I can’t wait to see your transformation of this room! has so many potential!


  • Do you live in the Nashville area? If so, email me! elsie at abeautifulmess dot com (too heavy to ship if not!) xoxo! elsie

  • Here is a no guilt way to get rid of the chandelier, send it my way! My daughter (college student) wanted one like this at a resale shop but I couldn’t afford it. I really enjoy seeing the updates. Pat S

  • This is wicked! I love hardwood floors. I’m planning on doing a bit of re-vamping of some of my rooms, so this has given me a bit of a kick to do it!

    Lucy xoxo


  • I’d repair that molding, it won’t be too hard. As a seasoned DIYer, you can definitely do it yourself. 🙂

  • Now you`ve shared so many befores, when do the afters come?? You`re getting me really excited :))


  • How do you go about staining wood lighter? I’ve been trying to do that to my bathroom mirror frame

  • I would do new silk drapes in a beautiful vibrant color like fuschia or marigold,I think it would be a nice counterpoint to the turquoise floors in the adjacent room, especially if you keep everything else pretty neutral with plenty of white. I kind of think those cornice? things at the top of the curtains look stuffy, if they could be made out of wood and painted white, instead of covered in fabric it might tone them down…

  • Following these updates on Snapchat is truly one of the highlights of my day! It’s so fun to see the house come together, Elsie. I can only imagine how excited you are. hehe.


  • I say just repair. Curtains will waste all that light! http://www.hannamarielei.com

  • As is, it reminds me of the ballroom in the VonTrapp house in Sound of Music. (Which is awesome, because who doesn’t want a ballroom?) You have a lot of good to work with, I’m sure whatever you do will be lovely.

  • Thank you Cat! That makes my day (and makes me want to keep snapping!) I appreciate it!!! It’s been awesome to have an outlet to share the less-pretty and random stuff!!
    xx- Elsie

  • I hear you! I think it’s possible to DIY. (insert frightened emoji here!)
    xx- Elsie

  • It’s already a pretty great room. But it’s important to make sure your space represents you and you are 100% happy with it. I can’t wait to see it once it’s completed! 🙂

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