When we moved into our home we knew we needed to update the laundry and replace a few missing tiles. What we didn't know was that it would lead to us embarking on our own D.I.Y. journey, revamping the laundry into a butler's pantry and creating a whole new kitchen.
The laundry was pretty big relative to the size of our small home and we felt like it was wasted space that would end up as a dumping ground.
At the same time, the kitchen was dark and crowded and there was no logical place for the fridge, which was up against a wall, blocking our hallway and a lot of light.
So we decided to scrap the laundry and knock a hole through the wall to extend it into a butler's pantry where the fridge could live.
First we literally drew our plan on the wall with a pen.
We ripped the old plaster off the walls and demolished the pantry, which had been water damaged, so we could see where the studs were.
We used a jackhammer to break up and remove the tiles and we kept the ground damp with boiling water to help lift the glue and reduce the dust.
We got to work choosing colours and textures and ordered our Kaboodle timber benchtop.
We also picked up this glass-panel door from Bunnnings to let more light into the new butler's pantry.
We had to reframe a new doorway – make sure you get a professional to do this if you don't have the skills as it has to be structurally sound.
We plastered, sanded, patched and painted the whole space with Dulux Snowy Mountains Half. The colour is a great neutral white and doesn't change too much in different lights.
And so a new butler's pantry was born, complete with coffee nook and space to tuck away the fridge.