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imports_HAC_feathersonehallhotelin-3-_11357.jpg Feathersone Hall Hotel Interior
Julie Jackson has a soft spot for the butler's scullery, as was the first room in the hotel she decorated. She explains why.... ...

When I began this project (over 2 years ago) after building the house and basement, I started the interior decoration with this room. I still remember vividly, looking at the completed shell and empty interior and giving myself a good 'talking to' about not being intimidated by the vast space in front of me and to get on with it a room at a time!

The Butler's Scullery

As is usual with any project of mine, I had a play in the undecorated space to confirm my furniture layout. This gave me an idea of the depth I wanted for the room, and I installed a false back wall. After tiling the floor, I painted the room white and installed the window. This let light into the dark back end of the room, and left space over the sink in the foreground for a shelving unit.

A dry run with the furniture & Cupboards and worktops in position

Cupboards & Worktops

As the scullery is a working room, I wanted cupboards and work surfaces as well as a sink. To create the fitted base unit cupboards, I used some shop counters. I removed the acrylic glazing from these, and created false doors and drawer fronts with rectangles of Plastruct sheet glued onto the front. As the shop counters did not sit neatly together, I notched out the corners with a junior hacksaw, to make them look like built-in units. They were then spray painted white and finished with brass draw pulls and door knobs.

To make the wooden workbench top, I used some strip wood cut at 45 degrees across the ends to form a U shaped worktop to sit on top of the base units. The wall unit was a base unit with the glazing removed to make a shelving unit and false drawer fronts on what should have been the plinth.

The units and worktop were glued into position as were the skirting and door architrave.

The sink and shelving unit were glued in position next. Above the ceramic double drainer sink, I added a narrow shelf of Pastruct and above that a double row of white tiles. The wooden shelving unit was glued in position above the tiles. Please see the 2nd photo above for this stage of the build.

Lighting

Two pendant oil lamps were hung from the scullery ceiling with channels routed in the top of the basement to take the wires.  

Fixing the lighting & Dressing the Room

Dressing the Room

I started dressing the room from the back to the front. The wall unit was loaded with tureens, meat dishes and plates. On the workbench below and under the window, I placed as many silver items as I could find, so that when the light came through the window, the silver would sparkle.

Knife Cleaner

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One of my favourite things in the room is the knife cleaner in the corner next to the window. Originally knives would be inserted into the brass sockets around the rim, the handle was turned which pushed felt pads and bristles past both sides of the knives. I made mine from a fantastic cast metal and resin kit, and painted it to match a picture of one I found on the internet. Please see the 1st photo below.

    Knife Cleaner & Leaking Water

Sink Unit

Dressing the sink became a messy buisness. I wanted to fill a tin bath with scenic water to stand under the sink.....rule No 1: when adding liquid to a container, check it is watertight!  I could not believe how much scenic water it was taking to fill the tin bath, until I saw the puddle underneather it! I managed to fix it to a block of wood, but it was still leaking, although the flow had lessened. Once it had finally cooled, I pulled off the leaked bit, re-melted it, and used it top up the bath.

I also filled the sink with scenic water, and a shallow bucket to which I added a mixture of silver cutlery and utensils. The sink was finished with some soaps and cleaning liquids on the Plastruct shelf. Upturned glasses just washed and draining on the drainer, and a cleaning clother over the handle of the cutlery bucket.

Under the sink with the tin bath, I placed an empty bucked, and another of my favourite items, a lovely little shoe polish caddy. This was bought from my local dolls house shop and filled up with brushes, cloths and tins of shoe polish. I finished the group witha pair of muddy riding boots standing on a piece of newspaper. To add life to the montage, a cat has cornerd a large rat under the sink!    

Shoe Cleaning Caddy & Muddy boots, Cat & Rat

The shelving unit over the sink completes the wet area of the scullery and is filled with a selection of cleaning and polishing products, plus an oil lamp and chamber stick for emergencies.

     

The Footman

Every room in the hotel has a human occupant (apart from the luggage room full of cats....)and in this one a Footman is polishing shoes. He is kitted out with a rustic style apron to protect his uniform. He is working on a newspaper covered bench with his back to the window and surrounded by already cleaned and about to be cleaned shoes and boots.

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