Give your laun­dry room a makeover

Sick and tired of dirty linen and damp sin­gle socks crowd­ing your space? Trans­form your laun­dry so it works for you!

Home (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Shelly Bergh • Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster

BBe­fore mov­ing into their dream home in April 2018, Kim and Ja­son Arendse and their four-year-old son Seth had lived in a small two-bed­room du­plex for 11 years. Space was at a pre­mium with a wash­ing ma­chine squeezed in op­po­site the stove and un­der the mi­crowave in their 3 x 4m kitchen! There was cer­tainly no space for a tum­ble dryer…

When they moved into their spa­cious new house in Plum­stead, Cape Town, a sep­a­rate laun­dry room was the ul­ti­mate lux­ury. But it was in dire need of a makeover.

Pre­vi­ously, it dou­bled up as a stor­age room packed to the ceil­ing with boxes. The Arend­ses were de­ter­mined to turn it into a prac­ti­cal zone with suf­fi­cient stor­age, space for ap­pli­ances and enough room for fold­ing and hang­ing clothes – all in an at­trac­tive environment where the chore of do­ing laun­dry would feel less like hard work!

This is what we did…


The plumb­ing for the wash­ing ma­chine was moved from un­der the win­dow to a more con­ve­nient po­si­tion against the back wall.


The en­tire room was up­dated with Du­ram Clas­sic Matt in the colour Misty Mauve and the ceil­ing was painted in Plas­con Polvin White.


The shelves were re­moved and primed with Du­ram Wood Primer in Pink and then painted with two coats of white Du­ram Enamel & Trim. We re­in­stalled one shelf in its orig­i­nal po­si­tion but the other one was moved to about 40cm from the ceil­ing to ac­com­mo­date a rail for hang­ing clothes and pegs.


The win­dow frames were sanded, treated with Du­ram Wood Primer in Pink and fin­ished off with two coats of Du­ram Enamel & Trim.


A new work sur­face in­stalled across the width of the room above the ap­pli­ances on the back wall now pro­vides more than enough work space! >>

A rail at­tached un­der the top shelf pro­vides hang­ing space for clothes that need to dry, or those that still need to be ironed. The rail has been in­stalled far enough from the wall to ac­com­mo­date hang­ers com­fort­ably. A sim­ple white roller blind com­pletes the look.

I love the flo­ral vinyl floor! It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to be grumpy about do­ing laun­dry now. – Kim Arendse

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Round box, laun­dry pow­der con­tainer and glass jar from MRP Home

The light bulb has been con­cealed by a pretty chan­de­lier. Chan­de­lier, large and rec­tan­gle bas­kets, and pic­tures from MRP Home; duck-egg towel, two-tone bas­ket, aloe and glass con­tainer from @home; wire bas­ket, de­li­cious mon­ster in glass planter, white tow­els, dis­pensers and lint re­mover from Wool­worths; work sur­face from Builders Store de­ter­gents and stain re­movers in pretty con­tain­ers. Du­ram Clas­sic Matt Misty Mauve

Two sim­ple hooks keep the iron­ing board in po­si­tion against the wall. Hooks from Builders; iron­ing board from MRP Home Fresh idea!

Chop­ping out the ex­ist­ing tiles would have been an ex­pen­sive and messy process, so the floor was cov­ered in vinyl floor graph­ics – a quick and easy way to give an old floor a fun new look. The cost of the floor­ing worked out to R450/m2. Floor graphic from Hope Vol Hoop Be­fore

Plants from @home; peg bag from Pick n Pay; blind from Decor­land; towel rail from Builders; non-slip hang­ers from Wool­worths

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