Kitchen scullery tutorial by My Tiny Estate
When we first decided to create a kitchen scullery, what we had in mind was to create a very multifunctional room that could be used as an overflow kitchen. As we are converting the old linen rooms from the servant’s quarters in our derelict Estate, we have several small cupboards/rooms so that makes us very creative with how to make a space functional yet beautiful.
We always have a very clear aesthetic to make a space quite neutral – we want it to look as though it could have been there for a long time, whilst adding a subtle contemporary twist.
Restoring an old Estate, we try to be very considerate with the spaces. The TV Series Downton Abbey provides us with inspiration when it comes to space layouts and props used to stage the spaces.
First things first, we gave the space for the kitchen scullery a lot of thought. When working with a small space there is no room for error, every inch counts and by thinking about the space layout and how the room will be used, you can get down to the small details designing the room. Dean designed the layout, it was very important for us to have a centre piece which was going to be an original sink that we found. We also wanted to retain the top shelves that were part of the room.
Building your Furniture
It was our first time building actual furniture, and it just takes time, the right tools, many screws and a lot of glue! We used 18mm MDF and cut it to our specific size based on our requirements. In our case we were going for rectangle shaped cupboards.
We always swear by 3 tools which are super versatile and we use ALL THE TIME:
Kitchen scullery: DIY in 8 easy steps
Step 1: Creating the shell of the cupboards
Once the four pieces of the cupboards were cut to the sizes that we needed, we put them together and with a pencil we marked a line where the glue and screws would have to be located to join the cupboards together. Once we made the shell, we let it dry and added the backing.
Step 2: Put the cupboards in place
We made three of these units which we placed in the scullery and we used them to support the very old sink on top.
Step 3: Tiling the splashback for the kitchen scullery
Once we built up to it, we started tiling the splashback. We had this crazy idea where we wanted to use leftover marble tiles that we had from our bathroom makeover, to recreate paneling with marble! I know it sounds a bit odd, but it just worked so well in our minds!
We have a wet tile cutter, which is a must – we have never broken a tile and as we normally use fairly expensive tiles, it’s definitely worth having and super easy to use. There are a lot of wet tile cutters, we have an affordable one which is perfect for what we need. We have had it for 2 years and it’s still going strong!
When tiling, our advice is always get the first tile level. Start from the center point and work your way outwards, the next tiles shouldn’t be as difficult. We do always use a tile leveller which is a game changer for DIYers. You can find the ones that we use here.
Step 4: Grouting
We left the tiles drying for 24 hours and the absolute best feeling is when you remove the tile levellers and are able to grout, as suddenly it feels like the space is starting to come together! Talking from experience, when grouting it is worth having a grouting sponge, they do not cost much and the work gets done much faster and we think, looks better.
Step 5: Add the kitchen scullery worktop
One thing that we didn’t do ourselves was to make the worktop, as we were using quartz and as our space is not square, we needed to have professionals cutting it. However, if you use a different material like wood, you can definitely do it yourselves, just remember to measure twice to cut once.
Step 6: Time for the cupboard doors
To complete the space, we made three cute little doors for the cupboards, and used the exact same method as before; measure, cut to size, glue and screw and then fill in and sand! Here is where a good sander gets put to use and makes the whole process come together. I love sanding – said no one ever! Personally, one of our most dreadful jobs. We have sanded a lot of wood work and the dust… oh my goodness the dust was EVERYWHERE, so much so that by the time that we finished for the day we were finding dust in every orifice possible, bits everywhere! Just not fun and so tedious!
All of this was until we discovered the Mirker sander with the vacuum. Dust? What is that?! Absolute game changer, so much so that we don’t mind sanding whatsoever, and the finish is so good.
Step 7: Let’s paint!
Once everything is well filled and sanded, we just prime and paint.
Step 8: Kitchen scullery final touches
And finally, the last bits adding hardware, giving everything a good clean and styling it.
We are so proud to know that we have built this space! It’s functional, it’s beautiful and it’s exactly what we designed from the start!
As self-confessed extreme DIYers, we always say that good tools make a difference to making a job easier, and ManoMano is very handy for finding any tool that we require for any project that we want to tackle.