EASY STEPS TO IN­STALL A NEW LAUN­DRY

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Room Revamp -

Gather your sup­plies

Flat-pack kitchen base, pantry and wall cabinets Hard­wood panel 2400 x 900 x 33mm White tiles 600 x 300mm Hard­wood ply­wood 4mm Cabi­net doors, han­dles and hinges Sink and tap

You’ll also need

Cir­cu­lar saw; drill; drill bits; jig­saw; belt san­der; 25mm spade bit; tile ad­he­sive; notched trowel; spac­ers; tile cut­ter; grout sponge; grout; white sil­i­cone; mask­ing tape; cabi­net stands; 28 and 65mm screws; clear var­nish; paint­ing gear

For you to note

All elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing work must be done by a li­censed trades­men. If re­quired, move these ser­vices and rec­tify walls prior to in­stalling cabinets.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Mea­sure your space and de­ter­mine the combo of flat-pack cabinets that will best suit your needs. Most flat-pack sup­pli­ers have on­line design tools to as­sist you. Buy, as­sem­ble and in­stall flat-pack base and tall cabinets.

STEP 2 Use cir­cu­lar saw to cut tim­ber panel to length to suit base cabinets. Mark out bench­top for the sink hole. Drill a small hole along the waste line that is just big

enough so your jig­saw blade can fit in. In­sert jig­saw and cut out hole for sink.

STEP 3 Use belt san­der to smooth edges of the sink cut-out and put a slight an­gle on it so it will sit in­side the sink and be flush with the top. Use a 25mm spade bit to drill a hole through the cen­tre as a fin­ger han­dle.

STEP 4 In­stall bench­top on base cabinets, screw­ing up through the cabinets to se­cure. Use jig­saw to cut out top of cabi­net for the sink where re­quired.

STEP 5 Tile splash­back above the bench­top so the top of the tiles will meet

the un­der­side of the wall cabinets. Spread tile ad­he­sive us­ing a notched trowel and use tile spac­ers to keep the gaps be­tween the tiles even. Cut tiles us­ing a tile cut­ter as re­quired. Leave ad­he­sive to set. STEP 6 When dry, use a grout sponge to grout tiles. Use a fine sponge to re­move ex­cess grout, rins­ing it fre­quently. When dry, pol­ish tiles us­ing a cloth. Fill gap be­tween tiles and bench­top with white sil­i­cone, us­ing mask­ing tape on ei­ther side of gap for a neat fin­ish.

STEP 7 As­sem­ble wall cabinets and in­stall. A pair of cabi­net stands to hold them up are handy helpers. When join­ing cabinets, clamp them to hold, then predrill and screw to­gether us­ing 28mm screws. Screw cabinets to wall us­ing 65mm screws, mak­ing sure they go into the wall studs. Pack be­hind cabinets, if re­quired, to make them plumb.

STEP 8 Use cir­cu­lar saw to cut tim­ber panel into 4 pieces for open shelf. When mea­sur­ing for the depth, make the box sit past the cabinets so it will be flush with the doors and al­low for the 4mm-thick ply­wood back. Glue and screw pieces to­gether to form cabi­net. Cut, glue and nail ply­wood back. In­sert shelf un­der slim­line cabi­net and screw through wall cabinets into it.

STEP 9 In­stall shelves in wall cabinets, and at­tach doors and han­dles. Have your plumber in­stall the sink and tap. Ap­ply 3 coats of var­nish to bench­top and sink top, al­low­ing to dry af­ter each coat. In­stall new washer and dryer un­der the bench.

A clever way to get more bench space!

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