Reader reno: A gorgeous $700 laundry makeover

A complete transformation on a budget.
Before and after
Before and after
Alycia Funnell

With ‘80s brown walls, weird tap placement and a toilet in the middle of the room, this laundry was crying out for a makeover.

Here, we talk to Central Coast mum Alycia Funnell about how she created a luxe new look for her laundry on a $700 budget.

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Tell us about your laundry

Our laundry was the last room in our house to be renovated. We needed to renovate on a budget but still wanted a designer look. My husband installed the bench top and tiling as well as removed the toilet and changed the laundry tapware. I painted the room and chose the tiles and accessories. 

Laundry renovation: Before
Before: Dull and disorganised (Credit: Alycia Funnell)
Laundry renovation
After: A striking new look with loads of storage (Credit: Alycia Funnell)

What kind of look were you after?

The rest of our house has a coastal theme, but we decided to keep the existing terracotta floor tiles to keep the renovation cost down.

We didn’t want to paint them as we did not want to end up with peeling paint, so I decided to embrace them and go with a Moroccan theme.

I knew I wanted black and white tiles and Andrew from my local tile shop, Exotique Tile Traders, suggested this pattern. I styled the room with a black and white rug, macrame plant hanger, lantern and greenery.

Laundry renovation
(Credit: Alycia Funnell)

What were the biggest challenges?

Figuring out the design so that we could have all the appliances together and also incorporate storage. Build-wise, the hardest thing was capping off and concealing the existing plumbing for the washing machine taps.

Before and after
Before and after (Credit: Alycia Funnell)

Talk us through the renovation process

  1. Stripped out the existing cupboard, shelf and toilet.
  2. Patched up the walls.
  3. Painted the room with two coats of white paint and painted the architraves gloss white.
  4. Cut the timber bench top to size and installed it by screwing two pieces of wood to the wall for support.
  5. Tiled the wall and installed a shelf with a rail for hanging clothes.
  6. Used a grout paint pen to paint all the grout in the floor tiles white. 
Laundry renovation
(Credit: Alycia Funnell)

Budget breakdown

  • We got the majority of products from Bunnings:
  • 2200 x 600 Beech Laminated panel (bench top): $101
  • Bamboo fixed bathroom shelf: $55
  • 1 door pantry: $110 
  • Black lever handle wall sink set: $106
  • Black and white hall runner: $34
  • Tiles 2sqm @ $49m2: $98 from Exotique Tile Traders 
  • Collapsible washing baskets: $14 each
  • Canvas wall art, copper coat hangers, sea grass basket: all from Spotlight
Laundry renovation
(Credit: Alycia Funnell)

Tell us about your choices

I chose the black and white tiles as they are gorgeous and can be styled with different accessories to get a completely different look. I love the natural look and finish of the bench top, and it gives the laundry a warm and inviting feel. The bamboo shelf is so practical and it has hooks, a shelf and a hanging rail to dry clothes. It’s an all-in-one product!

Favourite part?

The tiles make such a big impact for under $100.

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