The Downstairs Halls
Well, I hope everyone's keeping well.
Sorry it has taken so long to put up another post, but I have been as busy as a nailer!
Now I have to say from the outset, that my Manor is not specific to any particular era or date. I am decorating it just because I like the look. So any comments about items or décor not being correct, please, please realise that's not what this project is about.
I have been working so hard on my basement - I decided to start at the bottom and work my way up... I had been itching to get to the main house, as I thought the basement wouldn't really be that enjoyable to decorate and 'dress'.
I have five rooms and a tiny room, which I have used as a hallway or connection to the rest of the house.
The rooms are going to be as follows: the back left hand room is the housekeeper's room, the back right hand room is going to be the entrance to the basement as there is a door there - that's to make sure that the gents do not dirty the grand entrance hall of the main house when they come in from riding or shooting. There is a large hall in the middle of the basement which is going to be kept just that, a hall to connect all the basement rooms. The last two rooms are to the front of the basement, they are the kitchen to the right and the scullery/pantry to the left. I really wasn't looking forward to doing these rooms at all, as I thought they would be dull to dress - how wrong I was, they have been the most enjoyable rooms to do so far.
I thought I would decorate the basement as much as I could without the lid/top on. I have discovered that even if I wanted to tackle one room at a time, I really can't. The wall covering and floors need to be done before I put in the doors - just to make life easier - I can't imagine trying to paint or paper around a finished door! Life's hard enough...
An aerial view of the tiny hall at the back of the main hallway. Papered, floored with a chair and picture to finish. It looks really effective glimpsed through the main hall. It has been tiled with glossy pieces of 'marble' glued on a card cut to fit the floor and glued down, and I think looks fab. Perhaps something like that for my grand entrance hall?
Just a note here - when I was putting in my doors, they wouldn't fit! I nearly died. What happened was that the flooring was a millimetre or so deeper than had been allowed, so I had to take my craft knife and start scraping off the top of the door opening...not an easy task for a novice, I can tell you. Sore hands and the odd piece nipped out of tired little fingers, ouch!