Deibert Kitchen Renovation

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In the summer of 2016 when we purchased our home, we knew having an open kitchen was a non-negotiable. Ben cooks constantly and we like the feeling of being able to cook, talk and entertain all at once. The home we purchased was completely move in ready but the finishes in the kitchen weren’t exactly our speed. Nevertheless, we embarked on a backyard renovation immediately and therefore, the kitchen would have to wait. Fast forward to 2018, we got our Christmas present when our kitchen upgrade completed on December 23rd! Here’s the before and after, and all the little details in between.


Paint. Small investment for a big impact.

We have one rule when it comes paint - we only use Benjamin Moore! It’s high quality, durable and the color selection is gorgeous. We painted all the walls when we first moved in. Since we have chair railing, we did a very subtle two tone. Above the chair railing is Benjamin Moore Mountainscape and the bottom is Pearl River.

BEFORE: A lot of cream paint, wood tones and builder’s grade finishes.

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After: bright hues of gray create a more open, modern feeling. We also replaced all the blinds in the home with a white faux wood, instead of the dark brown wood we inherited.

Barstools: West Elm; Paint: Benjamin Moore; Bar Cart: Wayfair; Light Fixtures: Joss & Main

Barstools: West Elm; Paint: Benjamin Moore; Bar Cart: Wayfair; Light Fixtures: Joss & Main

We also updated all the interior doors with Benjamin Moore Black Beauty. This door featured here was a coat closet, that we converted into our kitchen pantry. To give the doors a little something extra, we added vintage-style door knobs, sourced from Amazon.

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Countertops and Sink: Major Upgrades!

In every project, a budget can get out of control if you don’t put some parameters on what is important. For us, we knew we wanted to splurge on a nice countertop and better sink and faucet. After a couple disappointing trips to some granite and stone stores, we finally found Forever Marble in NE Philadelphia, who advised us that our desire to change from granite to marble was not wise since we use the kitchen a LOT. Apparently marble is much softer and will scratch easily. He did however help us find a gorgeous slab of granite that still gave us the marble effect we wanted.

Before: Black flecked granite on a brown backdrop, standard stainless steel dual sink that was nearly impossible to wash anything large in.

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After: gray and white marbled-look modernized the Vibe of our kitchen. A farmhouse sink paired with gold gooseneck faucet creates more space and elegance.

Countertops: Forever Marble
Kitchen Sink: Barclay 29-3/4" Single Bowl Farmer Sink in White
Faucet: Brizo Litze Kitchen Faucet with Smart Touch Technology in Luxe Gold
Planters: Amazon

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Cabinets and Backsplash: Corner cutting that still provided an amazing visual impact.

Doing a custom cabinet build we knew would elongate our project time and budget, so we opted to have the current cabinets painted, rather than get all new ones. We found a great handyman who specialized in this on the Next Door app (he did most of the kitchen work outside the countertops!) and so we went this route. We opted to remove the cabinets above the fridge that created an odd “gap” since we now opened up more cabinet space with the closet to pantry switch, and we wanted some open shelves. We went the tuxedo kitchen route, going for a different cabinet color on the top vs the bottom, and then added gold drawer and door pulls to continue the cohesive gold touch look we started with the faucet. Our original designs included subway tile backsplash, until one date night at an ice cream parlour, Ben spied an octagon style backsplash with a charcoal grout and we were hooked! The modern, yet retro look just tied it all together, and our new under cabinet lighting really shows it off.

Cabinet Paint (top): Benjamin Moore Whitestone
Cabinet Paint (bottom): Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Backsplash: Victorian Octagon Matte White With White Dot Mosaic Tiles, finished with a non-sanded charcoal grout (found at Home Depot)
Drawer and Door Pulls: Etsy, Hook and Knob
Open Shelving: Etsy, DeliriousbyDesign 


Before: shiny silver subway tile mixed with oak color cabinets was not our vibe.

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After!

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Canisters: West Elm

Canisters: West Elm

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I got a new rug from Amazon as well to tie the room together, and our new puppy Hudson very much approves!

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Benjamin Deibert