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Narrow laundry renovation

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This narrow laundry looks brighter and feels more open after installing white cabinetry and moving the taps under a new benchtop.





The project


We had the original laundry in our house and decided it was time to give it a makeover. It was a narrow space and we wanted it to look simple and open.


I did all the work myself except moving the plumbing. It took about a week to do and we kept to budget. We are happy with the results, and I got to learn new skills.


Our design gives us more counter space now, and the white cabinets make the room look brighter. The hardest part was cutting the benchtop to size and fitting it into a narrow space. I had never used a circular saw before, but it wasn't too hard. My favourite feature is the round sink. It is just the right size and functions really well.


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We moved all the taps to underneath the benchtop and hid it inside one of the cabinets. It gave us more bench space and a cleaner look.




Once the water outlets were moved, we repaired the walls.




We sealed the wet areas and painted the walls and ceiling.




The washing machine was too heavy to move so we kept it in the laundry and worked around it.




My wife chose these marble-look subway tiles.




I cut the benchtop to fit the space and varnished to prevent water damage. I prepared the surface by sanding with 240-grit sandpaper and then applied Timber Protect Gloss One Coat Clear Water Based Varnish using a paint brush. I applied three coats and left it to dry overnight between coats with a final sand after the last coat.




I was surprised by how easy it was to install the cabinets.


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We love the soft-close drawers.


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Nham also shared this broom holder that easily fixes to the back of his laundry door to keep cleaning supplies neat and out of sight.




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 popular laundry renovations


Find more ideas in our Top 10 most popular laundry renovation projects.


Just Starting Out

Hi @Nham. May I know what benchtop did you use? I especially like the color. Thank you for the inspiration, will be doing my laundry soon in a similar way.

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Apprentice101


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's wonderful to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your question about the laundry benchtop.


Let me tag @Nham to make them aware of your question. I believe the benchtop is a solid oak product called Rasunda. The equivalent at the store is the Kaboodle 2400 x 600 x 36mm Hevea Timber Benchtop


It sounds like an exciting project. Any photo updates you can provide while renovating your laundry would be much appreciated. If you would like to see a render of your laundry, please post a picture of your current laundry and its measurements. We can then show you possible cabinet layouts for your laundry.


If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.




Becoming a Leader

Hi @Apprentice101 ,


Eric was spot on, I used the Rasunda worktop from IKEA, I think they stop selling it but the Bunnings version would be similar. The wood was treated with linseed and tung tree oil then top off with varnish. I think the oils bring out the colour but the oak does yellow a bit over time. 





Growing in Experience

Thank you for sharing, I have a laundry very similar in size, you’ve given me some great ideas I hadn’t thought of drawers that’s something I now will install.

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @SueD1. It's brilliant to have you join us and very pleasing to hear you've taken inspiration from this amazing project.


Please feel free to start a discussion about your renovation. I trust our helpful members will have plenty of neat ideas to share. Adding drawers is just one of the many ingenious solutions they've come up with. Check out our Top 10 most popular laundry renovations for more inspiration, and make sure to read through How to plan a laundry renovation

I'll be looking forward to reading all about your project.


Getting Established

Hi, This looks great! I am wondering if you could tell me what products were required and how you actually installed the top on the wall cabinetry? Im actually having an l shape so will need to connect two together . One end will be floating and the other on top of cupboards. 

I am working on the sink cutout and staining but stuck as to how to install and connect both. 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @KatieG


Thanks for sharing that question about what cabinetry was used for the laundry renovation. Let me tag @Nham to make them aware of your question. 


The Kaboodle equivalent for cabinetry would be:



At the moment, I suggest using a timber project panel of your choice that's available at the store or you can use any colour from the Kaboodle benchtop range.


If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.




Becoming a Leader

HI @KatieG 

The bench-top is solid oak and I cut it to size to fit the area. I think Eric listed some alternatives for the cabinets, but I got all our cabinets from Ikea (VOXTORP Door, high-gloss white). To attach the bench-top. there was a metal brace running across all the floor cabinets, I then used woodscrews to secure the top in place, also we used some L-shaped or right-angle brackets to secure the top to the wall stud. Do you have photo of what you are trying to connect...






Making a Splash

Great transformation @Nham ! You have done a wonderful job and I like the innovative space-spacing brackets on the door for the brooms. 



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