Functional Laundry

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When you’re living in a smaller place, sometimes there isn’t enough space for a dedicated laundry room. Even if your laundry is tucked into the corner of a bathroom, kitchen or garage, it’s still important that it works for yourself and your family.

Today in House of Monarch, we turn 2 appliances and a sink in the back of the garage into a functional laundry space with some help from Kaboodle.

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 - Redesign the Space

Redesign the Space

We decided to turn a small part of the garage into a dedicated laundry, so we got our friends at Kaboodle to help us out with a redesign. The main features we wanted to focus on were increased bench space, integrated appliances and some more storage. We replaced the sink, added a splashback, some cabinets and a great timber benchtop that needs a bit of preparation.

Step 2 - Prepare the Benchtop

Prepare the Benchtop

Kaboodle timber benchtops come as untreated wood so they need a bit of work before they’re ready to use.

Prepare the benchtop for sealing by sanding the top and sides with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum the surface to remove all dirt and dust then wipe down the benchtop with a damp cloth to make sure it’s completely free of any dust. Make sure the benchtop is completely dry before moving to the next step.

Step 3 - First Coat

First Coat

We’re using the Kaboodle Clear Hardwax Oil to protect the surface of our benchtop and to preserve the look of the timber.

Stir the hardwax oil thoroughly before use. Use a Monarch Smartlock Foam Mini Roller to apply a thin coat in long, even strokes, following the direction of the timber grain. Keep an eye out for any drips on the edges and wipe them away. Make sure you coat the edges of the benchtop as well as the top.

Leave the first coat to dry for 12 hours.

Step 4 - Second Coat

Second Coat

After 12 hours, sand the surface of the benchtop with 240 grit sand paper then vacuum and wipe down the surface. Apply a second coat of the Hardwax Oil to the top and sides.

To get the best results, we recommend two coats on the top and all sides, allowing the benchtop to completely dry.

Pro Tip…When a sealant like the Hardwax Oil is applied to raw timber, the grain of the wood will rise while it dries. Sanding between coats (then wiping up the dust) will ensure you get a silky-smooth finish when it’s dry.

Step 5 - Organisation


For maximum functionality use labels, recyclable containers and bulk purchases to make laundry time a breeze.

Add a couple of small style objects and check out our Design Ideas document to get the details on our styling choices.