Kitchen Goes from Retro to Refreshed

by Tracy Hegg


There are some things that immediately throw you back to the 1980s when you look at them – shoulder pads, Wayfarers, Tawny Kitaen on the hood of a Jaguar XJ…and this kitchen.

Located in a Jupiter, FL golf community, this kitchen was poorly ventilated, closed off from the rest of the home and featured fluorescent coved lighting, outdated appliances and wallpaper that has no place in the 21st century. Designer MaryBeth Jung of J5 Design Group, LLC was tasked with creating fresh and modern open-concept space with a farmhouse feel, a new wet bar, a new dedicated laundry room and plenty of enhanced natural light.


A whole-home renovation enabled the design team to begin anew with the layout of the kitchen, most notably with the demolition of the old pass-through wall to create the open concept space the homeowners desired. Additionally, an outdoor breezeway to the garage was retrofitted to enlarge the kitchen further. The removal of an enormous stone fireplace in the family room provided the space for the new wet bar, and an existing garden window over the old sink location was filled in to provide space for a new 48″ Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer and double steam/convection ovens.

A fresh marble subway style backsplash provides a subtle complement to the Cristallo countertop, while oversized “sputnik” style pendants provide a fun touch above the island. Matte black hardware and faucets, a limed rift cut white oak island, paneled appliances and honey bronze accents provide the desired farmhouse feel. A custom oversized hood offers plenty of ventilation and a striking focal point. The new wet bar includes a designated sink, ice maker and wine chiller.

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