Easily Update and Decorate a Farmhouse Laundry Room

A coat of sea salt paint color, peel and stick vinyl flooring, and new decor can turn your space into a farmhouse laundry room!

It sounds silly to update your laundry room because this is a space that not many people see.

I have 2 toddler boys that are constantly making a mess of their clothes, so sometimes I feel like I live in my laundry room.

Farmhouse Laundry Room Update

Cleaning this space up is usually a quick project because of it’s small size and lack of intricacies.

For that reason, we decided to refresh ours and turn it into a farmhouse laundry room.

You can easily update you entire laundry room in a weekend with our laundry room decor ideas.

Farmhouse Laundry Room Decor Ideas

We started with a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paint color followed by wood tone peel and vinyl.

Replacing the cheap wire shelf with a piece of solid wood and black hardware, made a huge difference.

Lastly, we added a little greenery and wall decor for a farmhouse laundry room!

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Farmhouse Laundry Room Decor Ideas

Laundry Room Decor Ideas – Printables

Let’s be real who actually washes, dries, and folds laundry?!

I am the worst at putting laundry away.

My laundry sits in the basket for a month before I put it away.

These fun printable signs will add a little humor to this annoying household chore.

Printable Tips and Tricks

I recommend doing a test print on plain printer paper, before inserting your card stock into the printer.

If you do not have a printer, take the file to Staples, Shutterfly, Vistaprint, and more. (I printed mine at home). 

Download Free Printables here!

Step 1

Download PDF Printables. 

Step 2

Print out at home using 8.5 x 11 inch premium card stock paper. 

Step 3

If the print outs do not fit in your frames, cut them with scissors or a paper cutter.

I removed the glass from the frame and laid it on top of the print out then traced the area. This will allow you to easily center the wording.

I used 8 x 10 inch sized frames.

Under $200 Laundry Room Update

It sounds like such a random space to spend money on, but we love projects.

We had leftover sea salt paint color from another project, so we figured why not update this space.

Below are the pictures of our laundry room before we started this project.

The walls were an off white color and the flooring is a pink builder grade laminate.

The shelving is cheap and starting to bow in the center from the weight of products.

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Before
sea salt paint color in a farmhouse laundry room
The shelving before replacing with wood shelving.

Prepping to Paint the Space

To get started with this project, we removed all cleaning products and shelving.

Then gave the space an instant update with a coat of sea salt paint color by Sherwin Williams.

If you need tips and tricks to paint a room without tape, check out my post here!

I painted down as far as I could reach behind the washer and drier.

After applying 2 coats of the sea salt paint color, we removed the washer from the laundry room.

Check out our post on painting tips and tricks to make your paint project easier.

How to Remove the Washer & Drier

We got away with just removing the washer, but you may have to remove both, one or the other, or neither.

It depends on your layout, but for us, it was definitely easier to just remove the washer.

Before removing the washer, make sure that you are ahead on your laundry for the weekend.

You may need to leave the washer (and possibly dryer) disconnected for a couple days to complete your laundry room upgrade.

Before You Remove Anything – Turn off the Gas

Before you do anything make sure to turn off the gas!

First we took pictures of the set up of our washer before removing it, so we could easily put everything back together.

We disconnected the washer and placed furniture sliders under the washer.

The furniture sliders allowed us to and easily slide the washer out of the laundry room.

Removing the Dryer – Remember Turn off the Gas!

Then we took photos of the dryer set up and disconnected everything from there.

Make sure to turn off the gas for this part if you have a gas dryer.

We did not remove the dryer, instead we just slid this back and forth during the installation of the peel and stick vinyl flooring.

Finish Painting Behind Washer and Dryer

Now that almost everything was out of the way it was easier to finish painting.

We went back and finished using the sea salt paint color in all the areas that could not be reached.

After the paint has dried, you can start working on the peel and stick vinyl flooring.

Installing Peel and Stick Vinyl

This was super easy to install and we only need a box cutter to cut the floor.

We decided to apply the peel and stick vinyl flooring over the previous laminate because we did not want to apply the new flooring directly to the sub floor.

The peel and stick vinyl is very thin, so it laid down nicely over the previous laminate.

How to Install Peel and Stick Flooring

We started laying the flooring down against the back corner then worked our way over, making sure the seams of the floor were staggered.

Flooring can vary in color in each box, so be sure to mix each box while laying down the flooring.

Carefully start to work your way left to right, and peel the remaining paper from the floor as you work your way to the end of the plank.

Do not firmly push the flooring down until the plank is in the correct place.

Once you are confident the plank is in the correct spot, slowly push down on the floor from left to right making sure the plank is straight as you push down.

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The plank may shift slightly when laying it down, but you can peel it back a little to adjust the plank.

You do not want to readjust the plank too many times as this may prevent the floor from sticking correctly.

Tip

Do not rush while laying the planks down.

If you are having trouble pushing the flooring down, a dry paint roller can be used to roll over the planks and lock them in place. 

How to Stagger Peel and Stick Flooring

Now that the entire first row has been installed, start laying the 2nd row the same way.

Make sure to stagger the length of the first piece in the 2nd row by about 6 inches, so seams do not match up.

Staggering the planks like this is important because the floor could buckle, if the seams are too close together.

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How to cut peel and stick vinyl

How to Cut Peel and Stick Flooring

To cut the planks use a box cutter with a large piece of scrap wood underneath.

When cutting the very ends of the planks, be sure to cut the side that will be covered by the baseboards or quarter round. 

Continue to stagger each row throughout the entire project. 

You may also have to make cuts around ducting, but that’s another good reason to choose a floor that’s so easy to cut.

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

I used this same paint to upgrade my bathroom vanity and mirror frame. View our post to see how they both turned out.

Finishing Touches to Your Farmhouse Laundry Room

After the floor has been installed, add baseboard and quarter round if necessary.

We only needed to remove the existing quarter road to lay the new floor down.

Once the floor was finished, we installed new quarter round in the space.

The quarter round covers the ¼ inch space left between the wall and floor. 

Laundry Room Decor Ideas

For our farmhouse laundry room upgrade, we added wood shelving as well.

The shelving was very inexpensive, costing around $30.

We found heavy duty shelving brackets at Home Depot under $7 per bracket.

We also, purchased the recommended screws in black to mount the shelves to the wall.

In the same isle at Home Depot, we found a quality piece of pine wood measuring 1 x 10.

Shelf Brackets from Home Depot

Laundry Room Design Ideas

In case you are wondering, washing clothes in still painful even in a cute farmhouse laundry room.

At least we have a cute little functional space to fold clothes.

I purchased the laundry room decor from miscellaneous stores on clearance or I already had some items.

If you have extra frames laying around these farmhouse laundry room prints will be a nice addition to your laundry room upgrade.

The Wash, Dry, Place in Basket for Weeks digital prints can be downloaded here: Laundry Room Digital Printables.

I already had the basket and black picture frames laying around in my basement.

Here is our laundry room design after updating the flooring, adding a coat of sea salt paint, and farmhouse laundry room signs.

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After

Let us know if you have any questions on this project!

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