Forget a walk in pantry! The first day my husband and I spoke about our remodel plans, we loved the idea of creating a “mini second kitchen” out of the large dining room – just by splitting the space into two rooms. This new room would sit literally behind the kitchen – not a bar but not a pantry; we ended up calling it our scullery!
(You can get a tour of our completed kitchen here!)
The former dining room lost about a third of its’ size:
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Why Did We Build A Scullery?
The real reason behind the scullery was simply a need for more kitchen space. We were knocking down a wall in the kitchen, which meant giving up valuable counter and appliance space there. So where does it all go?
We created a smaller back kitchen out of the dining room to house the items that felt appropriate to be in the back. We constructed two entrances to this room, one from the dining room, and a “hidden door” made out of cabinetry from the kitchen.
We chose against turning this into a pantry for two reasons: A pantry would be more shut off – meaning those pretty windows would be wasted on a beautiful closet. But also, I was okay saying goodbye to the walk in pantry in our last house. My kids had a habit of closing the pantry door to eat quietly inside, leaving behind a trail of crumbs (and stomachs full of sweets). I’m not anti walk in pantry, just that it has downfalls with my kids being young.
We originally planned to put a cabinet with a sink in the space between the windows! After all, a scullery by historical definition references a sink (for the scullery maids to wash dishes in!). But we already have a second sink, and I needed that space for counterspace! I scored this antique chest in High Point, NC that sits perfectly between the windows.
Read all about what a scullery is, tips for building one for yourself, and why it should be your new favorite room in the house!
What’s Inside The Scullery?
Essentially, this room is a baking and coffee center! Get a closer look inside all our cabinets – see how we organized our kitchen in this post.
Our scullery houses two floor to ceiling cabinets. In the first cabinet is a set of 3 appliances that were original to the home. The Thermadore oven, microwave, and warming drawer all got moved back here. These are secondary appliances – we have a range in the kitchen so we don’t use this one often, just occasional use. Our microwave is nice to have hidden from view in the kitchen, if you care about that sort of thing!
Next to these appliances are baking ingredients. Our baking pans are kept in here as well, in the second set of cabinets.
The doors on the second set of cabinets can be pushed back to reveal a plumbed Miele coffee maker, our Brevil air fryer / toaster oven, 2 Subzero drawers below (top drawer for adult drinks / my coffee creams and bottom drawer for the kids), as well as a place to prep coffee and toast.
When the door fronts close, the marble lip still peeks out!
The Cabinets, Hardware and Lighting
Installing an art light is such a nice touch, because it makes any art look special. My art light can be found here! If you need a plug in sconce, use this similar one. Make sure to put that kind right up to the top of your art.
The ceiling light with 3 glass bulbs are from Hector Finch.
The cabinets are a greige factory finish color called “Sand Dollar” offered by Crystal Cabinets. Beautiful, right?
The hardware is unlacquered brass from Classic Brass. The handles feel like jewelry and aged so beautifully! Read a quick guide on using unlacquered brass here.
The Scullery Floor Tile
This small room deserves a special floor! My inspiration came from this photo right here:
I knew we could recreate this feel with our own marble floor!
The floor tile is from Byrd Tile out of Raleigh and is 18″ x 18″ marble pieces. The white is Bianca Carrara marble and the dark is Bardiglio Dark marble. Both are honed and we used white grout.
Read about how to use a checkered floor the right way in this post, here!
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