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Before/After: Elsie’s Nashville BNB Kitchen Tour (Before + After)

Hello friends!! Today is FINALLY the day I get to share our completed bnb kitchen renovation with you!!!! I have been working on this since last spring and it’s been a prettyyyyy dramatic renovation (aren’t they all?). So needless to say, I am SO HAPPY that it’s complete! Today, I’m here to share all the details of our kitchen renovation with you.

But first … you know what time it is! Time for a walk down memory lane …


The before kitchen had good bones. I knew right away that we could repurpose the builder grade cabinets with a fresh coat of paint and I was excited to try a new, more contrasty, color scheme since I am usually drawn to all-white-everything. You can see all the before photos right here.

OK, there’s a LOT to cover in this renovation. I’ll start with the sink and faucet! This tour is sponsored by Delta Faucet and The Home Depot. Delta faucets are my favorite for kitchen and bath hardware. I have many in my own home (in Champagne Bronze), so I was excited to get the same faucet I love in Matte Black for this home! It ties together perfectly with the hardware we used in the BnB Bathroom, which you can see here. Delta sent the most amazing Trinsic Faucet with Touch2O Technology—when it is running you can touch anywhere on the spout or handle to stop and start the flow of water. This is amazing for washing dishes (which I have already done quite a bit of getting this house ready for our first guests!). I’ll be sure to share videos on Instagram stories of how it works—it’s pretty rad!

The counters are quartz, which has become my absolute go-to for kitchens. The color is Pearl Jasmine by Cosentino, available at The Home Depot. They have a pretty strong marble pattern, which I love! We worked with The Home Depot’s Home Services for our countertop installation; they had a certified fabricator come to the home to create the exact outline before construction of the custom countertop began, and made the entire installation process so easy! I lost my mind a bit the first time I saw them installed … they are SO pretty!

The stripe ceramic vase is from 31 Bits.

The light is from my go-to Lucent Lightshop. I have their brass lights all over my own home, so when I found out they could make any light in matte black I was SO happy! I love how it blends into the kitchen and makes a statement at the same time.

The appliances are from Kitchenaid and they are truly stunning. I love that we were able to continue the matte black theme with the black stainless appliances. Here are the product links: Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave and Range. These appliances are so sleek and beautiful. I will be sure to share more details on Instagram stories as well (hope you are following @abeautifulmess because I’ll be sharing a tour today on our stories).

Let me just say, for someone who has almost nothing black or high contrast in my own home, designing this space truly changed me! I am obsessed!

This Barista Express espresso machine is kind of bananas. It is one of my favorite birthday gifts of all time, so I am excited to have one in our bnb. I am planning to make a video tutorial of how to use it because THE FUTURE IS NOW.


I’m so happy to share the totally finished breakfast nook now that the floors are in (when we first shared this project there was still stick on tile on the floor). The wallpaper is from WallsNeedLove and the pendant is from Schoolhouse Electric. I have to say, out of all the things I was nervous about, the patterned tile was probably the thing I was more scared of. I worried it would be too busy. But it isn’t. And it turned out incredible!!!!

Speaking of the tile, I haven’t shared a link yet.

This tile is from The Home Depot and I’ve already gotten so many comments (both online and in person) that are shocked and excited that such an affordable tile can look so expensive. I’m honestly blown away by it. It’s even prettier in person!

On the nook tabletop I currently have a few server pieces and some cloth napkins. In the future, I would love to to put some board games here … how sweet would that be for guests?

Thank you so much for following our renovation! It has truly been a labor of love. I am so proud of this space and I cannot wait to host our first guests (which will be friends and family during the holidays).

One more floor shot—A. because I love this tile and B. because I forgot to tell you that underneath the stick on tile was rotten subfloor and mold that took a LOT of extra time and money to repair. This is just a part of renovating. It’s still worth it! But I have learned over the past three years that when Jeremy’s dad told us, “count on it costing twice as much and taking twice as long” that he was right SO much of the time. Renovations are frustrating and longer than you think and sometimes really expensive. But when you get to the end of it all, there is so much joy in your finished project! So thank you for sharing my joy today.

xx. Elsie

Other Sources: Paint/Thunderbolt by Valspar and and Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams, Hanging Planter/WayfairKitchen Towels, Cutting Boards, Soap Dispensers, Marble Tray, and Wooden Tray/Target, Utensil Holder and Honey Pot/ World Market, White Pot/HomeGoods, Rattan Tray/Amazon.

P.S. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop Presets.




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