Laundry Room Decor Ideas – Part 2

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Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover

The never-ending saga of the Laundry Room Refresh!  This room took much longer to do a refresh than I anticipated.  But I think I say that every time.  In the Laundry Room Refresh Part 1 blog post, I shared painting the laundry room cabinets, stenciling the wall, and painting the handles and other odds and ends.  In this second part, I will be sharing laundry room decor ideas including painting decor, making the shelf, and a few goodies that I have been waiting to use in the Laundry Room!

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Painting the Step Stool 

I found this step stool on Facebook Marketplace many years ago.  And honestly, I don’t even remember how much I paid, it could have been around $10.  It has a ripped seat cover, and paint splatters all over, but has been perfect for using as a step stool.  After much debate, I decided to paint the stool in Fusion Mineral Paint using Black Coal + a drop of Casement.  The mixing of the two colors lightened the black to a dark grey.  

  • Clean stool with Liquid TSP + Water
  • Allowing time to  dry
  • Paint first coat of paint and allow to dry
  • Paint a second coat of paint
  • Allow the paint to fully dry overnight
  • Apply a thin coat of Polycrylic to the chair and allow to dry
  • Apply a second coat of Polycrylic
  • Allow the sealant time to dry and cure for a couple of days before using
Before Picture of Vintage Stool

After painting the step stool, the transformation was amazing!  Some day I may recover the seat and back portions, but for now, this was a very budget-friendly option to give it an updated look.

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Laundry Room Shelf and Hooks

The laundry room shelves were one piece of the laundry room refresh that I had a true idea of what was going to do.  I knew I wanted a wooden peg hook rack with a shelf on top.  Using supplies on hand for the shelving unit, and a quick run to our local Walmart to grab a wooden peg hook and I was ready to go!  Supplies used XX inch long piece of wood, two brackets, peg hooks, and screws for hanging on the wall.

  • Sand wood with sandpaper grit 80 and 120
  • Prime wood, peg hooks, and brackets – allow time to dry
  • Paint with desired paint – I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Casement
  • Paint a second coat and allow to dry
  • If desired, you can put a thin coat of sealant like Polycrylic.  I choose not to for this particular project.

After the paint dried, the brackets were attached to the wood, making sure to center on the board.  I also ensured that the peg hooks would fit between the brackets and looking as it was made to fit there.

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Laundry Room Countertop

The countertop… I should have left well enough alone, and not touched the countertop.  But, I didn’t love how the yellowy countertop blended into the wall.  So I decided to paint it!  If it didn’t turn out, then it wasn’t a huge deal and we could replace it in the future (to be honest, a long time in the future).  So I will review what steps I took to paint the countertop, but I will also share what I would have done differently.

Before picture of countertop in laundry room

Countertop Painting Process

  • Remove any caulking on side of countertop and around the sink
  • Lightly scuff countertop with 120 grit sandpaper to allow the paint to adhere properly
  • Clean with a mixture of liquid TSP and warm water
  • Tape off the wall and around the sink
  • Prime the countertop with primer (I used Kilz2 Primer) – 2 coats with a paintbrush
  • 2 coats of paint (Fusion Mineral Paint – Casement) with a foam roller
  • The third coat of paint was applied with a paintbrush
  • 2 coats of sealant were applied with a paintbrush
  • Removed tape 
  • A bead of white caulk was done at the wall and around the sink
supplies for painting countertop - Linen and Logs
Supplies used for painting the countertop

What I would have done differently

Alright, issues that came up.  First, I should have made sure I removed all of the caulk at the beginning.  Paint does not adhere to the caulk and this caused an issue.  Secondly, I would not have taped around the sink and at the wall.  I would have used a small paintbrush in these areas and a freehanded painting.  This is just my preference.

When I removed the painter’s tape, I peeled up the paint and primer around the entire sink.  And when I tried to repaint these areas, the paint did not adhere because of the caulk that was not removed.  I was able to remedy this by putting a bead of white caulk to cover it up, but not an ideal solution in my book.

And now, after having a plain, white countertop in the laundry room this DIY was not the greatest idea.  There are water spots from the laundry sink and it stains easily.  

Like I said, in hindsight, I should have left the countertop alone, and we could have replaced it at some point for a color that better suited the laundry room.

Laundry Room Decor Ideas

Now comes the fun part of the laundry room refresh.  Decorating the laundry room!  Using only the decor that I had, I was able to dress up the laundry room.  I have had a few pieces that I have been waiting to use in my laundry room!  These included a vintage washboard and iron that I have held onto for years.  I added a mirror, which helps reflect light in the otherwise darker space, and plants.  I also like to mix faux and real plants to give different varieties.  After adding a few more space fillers like candlesticks and candles, I found some vintage hangers that I added to the hooks.  And because the watering can never seem to have a home, it ended up on the hooks also!  And is also acts as functional decor.  


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  1. This turned out so nice. I hate taping stuff off & trying to remove painters tape, too. I always score it with an x-acto knife and remove while paint is still wet, but this is hard to do when painting layers. Good thing you can still easily and not at a huge expense replace that sink if it’s bugging you!

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