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Laundry reno with Kaboodle cabinets and benchtop

Making a Splash
Making a Splash

New cabinets, a timber benchtop and a striking tiled splashback gave a tired laundry a stunning new look. The project was the winner of best bathroom or laundry makeover in our D.I.Y. July competition to find Australia's best D.I.Y. projects of 2022. 





The project


I bought a house in 2020, and although she is only 18 years old, she has been neglected her entire life as an investment property that has had zero maintenance. I have taken on the task of a full house renovation, tackling one room at a time, in-between working full-time and running a small business!


The laundry was as basic as you can get, with a laundry trough mounted in a single metal cabinet. At some point, someone had helpfully shoved a pantry unit in there to help with the storage issues!


I had a wish list of laundry goals – bench space for organising the washing and the drying, cabinetry for much-needed storage, a large sink, and tying in functionality with form. The main thing was that it had to look good so that I would enjoy doing the laundry and spending time in there! We have a busy life with two teenagers and two dogs, so there is always plenty of washing. Why not do it in style?


I spent a lot of time perfecting the design on the Kaboodle 3D design planner. It was a great visual aid and I found it very user-friendly.




Once we had a plan it was time for the demolition.






Then we prepared the floor for our stone-effect square vinyl tiles. They're Amtico brand in Ceramic Frost. We chose them because the colour and texture mimic natural stone, but I think they feel much nicer underfoot. 




My budget was pretty tight, so I chose Kaboodle's paint-your-own raw-board doors, which came in a dark brown colour.




We painted them in a Dulux Lexicon Quarter white. The benchtops were in the Frosted Oak finish with a square edge profile.




We had never turned our hands to tiling before, but we jumped on the Bunnings website and watched the tiling tutorials. We went to our local store, bought the equipment, and we never looked back! It was a slow process being our first time tiling, but we were meticulous and feel like we did a great job!




Aside from the plumbing (moving the taps and washer connections) and electrics (moving and adding power points), my husband and I painted, built and installed everything ourselves. We're pretty handy but we had never done anything on this scale before!


It’s amazing how much lighter and more airy the laundry is now. We're pretty thrilled with what we've achieved. 


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 project inspiration


Bunnings Workshop member housetohome created lots more storage with this stunning farmhouse laundry renovation.




Bunnings Workshop member Rufaro gave his laundry a fresh new look with this clever budget laundry makeover.




There are also plenty of great ideas in our Top 10 most popular laundry renovation projects.


Let us know if you need a hand with your project – we're here to help.


Amassing an Audience

This is probably one of my favourite DIY laundries on here. I love that you've even thought about the empty space next to your sliding door with your hand towel rail, an area often left alone in renovations like this. Well done :smile: 



Making a Splash

I really dig those splashback tiles 😍

Just Starting Out

This looks amazing, can I ask what sink you used?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi @chris12,


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Great to see you've been inspired. Let me tag @theDIYedit edit so they are alerted to your question about what sink they used. If you'd like other recommendations for your own laundry, feel free to hit the Ask a question button and share some details. We'd be happy to help.




Growing in Experience

This amazing. I love the tiles

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