We have been wanting to renovate our laundry for so long, we have decent space but it wasn’t utilised well at all. When we recently had a baby, the need for a dryer and a benchtop was real and meant we finally decided to give our laundry reno a go DIY! It turned out so much better than expected. Couple of points on how we achieved this for anyone wanting to give something similar a go:
1. As we were on a strict budget and our existing floor tiles were in fair condition, we ended up simply painting them using Dulux’s renovation range. This was a quick and and easy process and made a huge impact. I’m curious to see how well they will hold up long term but doing ok so far (even with our dog walking all over them).
2. We ended up just using Bunnings’ flatpax range for the cabinetry. All the white cabinetry only cost us about $600 and we are really happy with it. We did replace the hinges that were included for soft close hinges and we are waiting on some black handles to come in which we feel lifted the functionality/look of a cheap alternative.
3. The benchtop and shelves are simply a merbau panel that we cut to size and varnished (using Cabots benchtop clear) - absolutely love the look of them and they were such a cheap alternative
4. Hubby learnt some new skills and installed the tiled splashback himself after watching lots of how-to videos. We used mosaic tiles from Bunnings and also hired an electric tile cutter/wet saw from Bunnings which made the job a lot easier than attempting to cut the tiles individually by hand.
All in all, super happy with our first DIY reno!
Absolutely phenomenal, @dinaandjake! I can't believe that is the same space; you've done an astounding job.
Many thanks for sharing and the additional information on the build.
Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us. We featured it on Instagram and it's been very popular, with a few people interested in learning more about your renovation.
If you don't mind sharing, could you let us know the overall cost for this project, and more about the materials used? There was interest in the black brackets used for shelving, the sink, the Merbau panel for the benchtop and the Flatpax cabinetry.
So glad it was helpful! I’ve responded directly to the questions asked on the Instagram post. In terms of cost, this cost us about $3k in total. Cabinetry/benchtops/shelves approx $1,000, tiled splashback about $500, sink/tap/floor paint was $500 and we then spent about $1,000 on tradespeople (plumber to relocate taps/pipes, connect tap and sink etc and electrician to reallocate powerpoints). Please let us know if there is anything else that would be helpful to know
Dina and Jake
Thanks so much for sharing the cost with us and for taking the time to reply individually @dinaandjake. That's so kind of you and I'm sure that it will be really helpful for our community members and the wider community who follow along with the projects we feature on Instagram.
Look forward to seeing more of your projects.