We have been wanting to renovate our laundry for so long as we have a decent sized space that wasn’t utilised well at all. When we recently had a baby, the need for a dryer and benchtop was real and meant that we finally decided to give our laundry renovation a go. It turned out so much better than expected.
As we were on a strict budget and our existing floor tiles were in a fair condition, we ended up simply painting them using the Dulux 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 it's doing ok so far, even with our dog walking all over them.
We ended up using the Flatpax range from Bunnings 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 will lift the look.
The benchtop and shelves are simply a Merbau panel that we cut to size and varnished using Cabot's Benchtop Clear. We absolutely love the look of them and they were such an affordable alternative.
My husband 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.
The project cost us about $3,000 in total. The cabinetry, benchtops and shelves were around $1,000, tiled splashback about $500, the sink, tap and floor paint was $500 and we then spent about $1,000 on tradespeople, including a plumber to relocate taps and pipes, and connect the tap and sink, and an electrician to reallocate powerpoints.
All in all, super happy with our first D.I.Y. renovation.
Before and after
How to tile a splashback
Give your laundry, bathroom or kitchen an inexpensive makeover by replacing the splashback. Learn how with this step-by-step guide: How to tile a splashback.