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Heritage laundry makeover using Kaboodle

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Heritage laundry makeover using Kaboodle

We needed to access the laundry from inside the house and wanted it to double as a rear entry to our 1885 Victorian Arts & Crafts home. The previous renovation was poorly designed and purely utilitarian, but after 2 weeks of leave, and several week nights, my wife and I transformed the ugly duckling into a swan complementing the heritage feel and features of the rest of the house.



Kaboodle cabinetry - Matchamisu

Tasmanian oak - for DIY bench tops & windowsill

Colonial pine skirting boards

Colonial pine crown moulding

Selley’s No More Gaps

Selley’s Wet Area bathroom silicone

Poly Paint stripper, Brasso and brass varnish - for revitalising the original window hardware

Hakuna Pets dog door

Porter’s Irish Linen paint

Taubman’s Everdure low sheen custom tint

Scotch blue masking tape

Feast Watson timber floor wax

Feast Watson walnut stain

Tile cement

Dunlop charred ash grout

Plumbing and electrical supplies

Senso Urban Vinyl black flooring - for lining the dog hutches

Tile underlay

Gyprock Topping Compound

Gorilla wood glue

Brass tile edging

Drill bits, Zenith screws

Tasmanian oak quarter round

Diablo sanding discs

Super fresco easy pre-mixed wallpaper glue

British paints ceiling paint


The Pressed Tin Company:

Copper splash back 



Brass tap


Wallpaper Direct:

William Morris lemons wallpaper



The Sheila Maid Clothes Airer


Fragments Hobart:

Cabinet handles

Electrical outlets with brass covers

Period style light switches


Ammonite Living:

Terracotta tiles



Ryobi cordless brushless drill

Ryobi cordless RO sander

Ryobi cordless palm sander

Ryobi cordless corner sander

Ryobi cordless multi-tool

Ryobi cordless AirStrike brad nail gun

Ryobi cordless angle grinder

Ryobi drop saw

Ryobi jig saw

Ryobi cordless router

Metal square for cutting wallpaper

Trojan hand saw

Makita circular saw

Stanley spirit level

Craft Right carpet knife

Norton masking tape

Monarch paint brushes

Irwin quick-grip clamps


Step 1

Strip out old cabinets, repurposing some of the old Kaboodle carcasses. Remove old Lino flooring


Step 2


Install tile underlay and paint with sealant. Install new carcasses, using battens to support overhead cabinets. Move plumbing and electrical outlet points

Step 3


 Attach doors but leave protected with film until everything else is done, to prevent scratching. Custom build framing for dog hutches

Step 4

Custom order or make Tas oak bench tops, join using Kaboodle clamps and route facing edge using a clamped guide. Sand, stain, seal, install.

Install basin and tap

Paint ceiling and other areas that can be painted.

Tile floor (after painting to avoid paint splashes)

Install pre-painted skirting boards and crown moulding

Seal gaps

Touch up paint work as needed

Put up wallpaper - an art in itself 

Install pre-cut and folded pressed copper splash back, finish installation of electrical outlets, light fitting, switches
Line cupboards with linoleum 

Attach door hardware

Remove protective film from cabinetry


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Re: Heritage laundry makeover

Hello @andredl 


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's marvellous to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your heritage laundry makeover. 


I've always been a fan of pressed copper splashbacks. It ties in so well with your overall theme, the colours and textures of the materials you've chosen have given the room so much more character. As you said earlier in your post, it now looks like a beautiful swan. 


Again, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful project.




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Re: Heritage laundry makeover

Gorgeous makeover. So functional and beautiful

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