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 (huntingforgeorge.com). 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.
The forgotten room
Lucy and Jonno’s existing laundry had been tacked onto their terrace home 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!”
Pulling up the floor revealed rotten timber beams and a leaking pipe, which were replaced. The floor was unsalvageable so, constrained by a tight budget, the couple replaced that too 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.
Wet area V-groove wall panels were the secret to creating a seamless space. The room was painted a soft grey with trims in white. The colours complement the Dulux Tauherenīkau feature wall outside the laundry, which you enter through the sliding barn door in Dulux Wigram.
The couple installed Kaboodle cabinetry in Macaroon along one wall and above the bench, with base cabinets in Molasses below the bench, delivering plenty of storage and bench space. The laminate benchtop runs the length of the room for maximum folding space.
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. “It was cost-effective and looks good,” says Lucy.
Sliding doors: A sliding door saves space, and in Lucy and Jonno’s laundry the barn door also doubles as an interior feature. “The functionality of the barn door is brilliant,” says Lucy. If you need a little hand with installation, check out our step-by-step to installing sliding doors.
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.
More laundry inspiration
Need additional hanging space? Watch this video to find out how to hang a clothes rail.
Photo Credit: Jonno Rodd