Friday, 10 January 2014

Budget Laundry Makeover

We have been living in our current house for 18 months now, it's an old small weatherboard home built in the 1950's. When we bought it the prior owners had put in a nice little kitchen, bathroom, curtains and carpet, and so although we want to make changes nothing was really screaming out for a makeover...nothing that is except the laundry!

I didn't get a good shot of the before laundry, firstly because it is so small 1.8m x 1.8m square
 ( approx 6 ft 1 inch square), and secondly because I actually just didn't think of it at the time. But I did find these pictures above and I figure you would get the idea, rusty wash tub, water damaged chipboard cupboard, broken glass in the window, lino laid over older lino which was torn and walls made out of painted add to its attraction, it is situated in a little room of its own one step outside the back door, like many houses in Australia during this era. It therefore quite easily became the dumping ground for all types of junk, much to my despair!

Within a couple of months I couldn't stand it any longer and seeing as we were very short of funds thought I would prefer it totally gutted than to continue with it the way it was. My trusty helper came to the rescue and removed just about everything. It looked something like this all over.

Nice huh?

It was at this stage that we made the decision to remove the window entirely, just to make some more wall space, I wasn't totally sure about this as it did let in the lovely morning sunshine, but I was finally convinced...especially considering we never shut the door when we're in the laundry because of the space, so the light comes in through the door too.

Fast forward through the winter months when nothing happened, school holidays arrived and it was time to do some more. We wanted to keep costs down to the very bare minimum, which meant not moving the plumbing etc. We considered plastering and initially were going to do that, but the cost of getting someone in was going to break our budget and we were not confident to give it a try ourselves for the first time in such a small space, so we decided to line it with pine boards.

You can just make out the laundry tub here, it was my $15 auction bargain that is as good as new, just needed a good clean. I had been pricing the exact same tub at hardware stores the week before...they were $169. I was so excited! 

Fast forward a few more months and our next chance to get things done was after Christmas in the summer break...this past week in fact. But I hadn't been sitting around just waiting. This huge cupboard had been in the 'man cave' for the best part of a decade, but I knew it would be perfect in the new laundry, so out it came for a makeover.

This cupboard is a real showpiece...originally an office cupboard from the historic Inveresk Railyards in Launceston, which is now home to the Queen Victoria Museum. I knew this cupboard would be special when painted. I chose Blake & Taylor furniture paint because it is so easy to apply and I love the colour schemes available. French Blue and Old White on the outside, and a mixture of French Blue, Blush Pink, French Linen and Kettle Green on the inside. With Blake & Taylor paint there is no need to prime, which I love. I did do a quick sand on the outside and then washed it all down to get off the years of grime. One coat did the inside, I applied two coats on the outside and then finished with a light wax.

I found these cupboard knobs at Paraphernalia and thought they'd be perfect.

Time to paint the walls. I chose white to brighten things up a bit. Primed the walls once, then one 4 litre tin provided two coats on the walls. Things were starting to happen!

Within a couple of days the rest was done. The cupboard was moved in, hubby found two white ceramic tiles left over from the kitchen to put above the laundry sink and installed a shelf the length of the wall over the sink also. I bought one basket to match the other four I already had and they found their home on the shelf. We installed hooks to hang up the ironing board, clothes airer and mop and broom, and some rails to hang some washing .

I made some decorative touches.

We're finished! All up everything came to well under $500, which we thought was pretty reasonable.

Now I just want to be there all the time! Hope you like it, Lisa xx


  1. love the make over Lisa, it looks so cute! Can't wait to own our own home and renovate and decorate how we want to :)

    1. Thanks Makayla! It is nice to finally be able to do our own thing :)

  2. Gorgeous makeover Lisa! Love, love, love the cupboard and the high shelf!!!

  3. looks fab and love the cupboard & mirror!