How to renovate your laundry like a pro

Be inspired by a chic and stylish laundry renovation completed with a close eye on the budget

Bunnings magazine, August 2020

Any skerrick of vintage charm had long since washed away from the laundry at the home of Lucy Glade-Wright and Jonno Rodd of Hunting for George. There was nothing for it but to gut the room and start from scratch – and it has certainly paid off. The new, chic, user-friendly laundry has loads of bench space, storage, new appliances and brand-new fixtures, fittings and furnishings. “I’ve never had a proper laundry and I feel like an adult now!” says Lucy.

Before the magical makeover:

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The forgotten room

Lucy and Jonno’s existing laundry had been tacked onto their Melbourne terrace decades prior, and over the years had undergone some odd embellishments. “It had three different types of flooring: concrete, old Baltic pine and brick. There were odd bits in the wall, and there was a door to the outside toilet that didn’t work,” recalls Lucy. “That was our problem room. It was a mess, had zero functionality and it gave me the chills thinking about renovating it. But this is where Jonno came to life. He just took over!” 

Floors first

The floor was unsalvageable so, constrained by a tight budget, the couple replaced it with structural ply. “I knew it would look lovely and add a soft, natural element to the room, with everything else being quite neutral,” says Lucy, who gave the ply a light whitewash to tie the flooring in with the rest of the house.

Wonder walls

Easycraft EasyCLAD wet area VJ panels were the secret to creating a seamless space. Timber beams were fixed over existing walls, with the panelling installed on top. “They were easy to put up and gave us walls with instant texture,” explains Lucy. The room was painted a soft grey with trims in white. These colours complement the Dulux Powdered Gum feature wall outside the laundry, which is visible as you enter through the sliding barn door, painted in Dulux Black Caviar.

Creating order

The couple installed Kaboodle cabinetry in Macaroon along one wall and above the bench, with base cabinets in Molasses, delivering plenty of storage and bench space. The benchtop – Kaboodle’s Black Pudding – runs the length of the room for maximum folding space.

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Lucy & Jonno’s reno tips

Ply floors: Affordable and hardwearing, ply doesn’t soak up water easily, making it a good option for the laundry area.

Sliding doors: A sliding door saves space, and in Lucy and Jonno’s laundry the barn door also doubles as an interior feature. If you need a little hand with installation, check out our step-by-step to installing sliding doors.

Walls: If your walls are looking a little bland, or need some TLC, Easycraft EasyCLAD VJ panels are easy to install on existing walls, creating a fresh, characterful look.

Decor hacks: It’s the finer details that complete a space. In the laundry, Lucy added plants and a piece of art. “That made it premium. Why shouldn’t the laundry be a nice space if you have to spend time there?” says Lucy.

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