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Laundry makeover with concealed washing machine

Budding Contributor
Budding Contributor

A laundry with a simple old-style tub was transformed into a functional area with the washing machine hidden behind Kaboodle cabinets and loads of bench and storage space.





The project


Our flat used to have the old-style laundry tub, which was not a pleasant sight considering it was part of the main bathroom. So after working out a plan of action I went to work.


I purchased Kaboodle cabinets and the Interbuild Acacia benchtop from Bunnings and everybody there was super friendly and helpful. And shout out to Workshop member ProjectPete for taking the time to provide advice.


The Kaboodle cabinets I used for this project really are the bomb – dense particleboard, solid backing and sturdy, forgiving melamine film. The hinges, which I dreaded fitting before I even got started with this job, are a dream to install and to adjust.


I started by modifying a 900mm base cabinet to accommodate our washing machine. The 450mm cabinet only needed two cut-outs to feed the waste pipes through and the 200mm was made shallower, which thanks to the solid backing had no impact on the integrity of the cabinet.




The Interbuild Acacia benchtop got three coats of hardwax oil on either side and turned out better than expected. The process was really easy and way quicker than the drying time in-between applications.




Being new to D.I.Y. and only having a limited number of power tools, in lieu of a planer, I used a finishing sander to shape the kickboard for the slightly concave tiled bathroom floor. My hands are still tingling as I write this post, but I got there in the end.




The high gloss Kaboodle doors and hinges went on in no time at all.


Everything turned out great, my wife is happy with her new laundry and is already looking for another D.I.Y. project for me to do.


Before and after






How to plan a laundry renovation


With research and planning you can turn your laundry into an efficient and even welcoming space. Check out the guide How to plan a laundry renovation by experienced Bunnings Workshop member Adam Woodhams for renovation tips and space-saving ideas.


More laundry renovation projects


Renovating a tired, outdated laundry can provide much needed storage and create a stylish space that you enjoy using. Find ideas in our Top 10 most popular laundry renovation projects.


Valued Contributor

That looks great @Fishvince .

I am wondering how you clean the washing machine's filter. Does the kick-board come off easily?

Budding Contributor

Hey @TedBear, the kick board is just clipped on and easy to remove. Thanks for the reminder to clean the filter ... :smile:

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