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Laundry update with new tiles, lighting and storage

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This pink-tiled laundry with dim lighting was transformed into a bright and modern space with new tiles, cabinets, lighting and open shelving.





The project


The laundry was the room I avoided the most because of the beige peeling paint, pink tiles with cracked grout, dim lighting and dark timber slatted cupboards. Our goal was to modernise the space and make it more appealing as it’s a high traffic area right near the back door.


Here's what we did:


  • Scraped down, patched up, sanded, primed and painted all walls and trims. We used Taubmans Grey Windswept Beach for the walls, Vivid White for the trims and Colorbond Monument for the sink cover.


  • Replaced the tiling above the sink and took it right across the wall and down the floor to make the room look bigger. Used light grey grout to match the walls.




  • Installed and modified a new gas-lift cabinet to hide the ugly taps and power point, which also added storage inside and above this cabinet.




  • Converted the old hot water cupboard into open shelving using Oak shelving and white hardware.




  • Recycled our wooden bathroom mat to create the sink cover, modifying it with some cut-outs to accomodate the washing machine hose outlet.


  • Tinted the window to create more privacy.


  • Installed cool white LED lighting, which made a huge difference in brightening the space.


  • Styled with shelving baskets and greenery.


This is now my favourite renovated room in the house. Total cost was around $700, including the wet tile cutter. We got a good result while also being able to keep some of our budget for updating other rooms in the house.


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.

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