Coastal Kitchen: Finding Silver Pennies

Today I’m so happy to share the Massachusetts coastal kitchen that belongs to my friend and fellow blogger, Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies. Danielle has made recent minor updates to her kitchen. I love that the room keeps the integrity of her home’s age intact.

Coastal Kitchen in White and Wood


Rich wood floors and white painted cabinets set the stage for a vintage coastal kitchen look. Industrial style bar stools snuggle up to the peninsula for a cozy dine-in area.

Farmhouse Bar Stools at Coastal Kitchen Peninsula


Danielle recently painted her kitchen walls a lovely shade of gray – Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore, to be exact. I love this view of her kitchen because a) you can see into her beautiful dining room with that gorgeous Welsh hutch filled with ironstone and b) you get to see that amazing wood carved fish on the wall! If I ever set foot in Danielle’s kitchen (she lives in Massachusetts while I live in Illinois), I’m taking that fish home with me! LOL.

Hand Carved Fish Wall Decor in White Kitchen


Danielle’s kitchen island is topped with butcher block and she always equips the counters with something pretty, like dried wheat in a white, textured pitcher.

Dried Wheat Arrangement in White Pitcher


One thing that’s unique about period kitchens is the built-ins you typically find. My first Sears craftsman home had hutches like this, along with a built-in ironing board behind a wooden door. The trim work is also wider and more pronounced – not just around doors, but baseboards are also typically taller than today.

Built-In Kitchen Hutch Painted White


Danielle installed peel and stick subway tile as a back splash between upper and lower cabinets. Genius! And how cute is that SMEG toaster paired with wood cutting boards?

Farmhouse Styling in White Vintage Kitchen


The “Fresh Oysters” sign gives a nod to the ocean not too far from the back door. Notice the refrigerator is tucked into the entryway to the kitchen. I personally like when a fridge has its own space so the focus in the kitchen can be on the beautiful cabinetry.

Coastal Kitchen in White and Wood

You can learn more about Danielle’s charming coastal kitchen at the links below. This is one of my favorite blogger kitchens – no one else has one like it!

Danielle’s Fall Kitchen Tour

Hardware Updates to the Kitchen

Update on the Peel and Stick Subway Tiles



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  1. It is so nice to see a kitchen where the owner didn’t just rip out the existing cabinets! Very nicely done.

  2. Older kitchens are so nice with all the built-ins they have, it is such a warm and cozy place to cook with family. The perfect size and textures.

  3. What a treat to see this kitchen. Who knew they had peel and stick subway tiles. I will definitely pin that for future reference. Thanks Jennifer.

  4. This is a lovely kitchen. I too like that the fridge is tucked away. While we always need this I find the fridge always looks intrusive in the kitchen especially nowadays with them being so big, it always seems to catch my eye first. When I renovated my kitchen 3 years ago my husband talked me into buying all stainless steel appliances ( I honestly wanted white for easier cleaning). The first set we bought while it fit the dimensions of the area it stuck out literally a foot from the wall and impeded the traffic flow through. I had to send that back and go with another set so now my fridge is flush inside the cubicle. I never thought of the depth at the time silly me since it ended up being such a hassle to return and start again. With all this being said the advertisement for these sets said for condo /apartment size homes.
    I don’t know what kind of size they really think a condo is but certainly not what this first set was all about.

  5. Jennifer, thank you so much for writing such a nice feature on our kitchen. You made me see some of the period details with fresh eyes. Thank you for including our little coastal kitchen in your series. xx