DIY faux tiled laundry folding station

I am sure you have heard the story of the frog in the boiling water.

You know…

When things begin he is just a frog living his frog life and finds himself in some water.

In this case it’s a laundry room, not a pot of boiling water, but the analogy is accurate.

Over time, and stuff, and more time, and lots more stuff, our laundry room had become a messy place that you could barely step into.

It was a pot of boiling water and I was tired of looking at this less than inspiring space.

For a while now we have talked about building a folding station on top of the washer and dryer.

So after a bit of planning, and two different wall colors, we have the folding station done, a pretty new wool rug on the floor, and the ideas for shelving are coming together.

Squeal, I am SO loving this space now!



But you have to see the scary before we gutted this room and started fresh.

This is right after Christmas and the 5 of us having back to back colds for weeks on end.

So it had become quite the mess…

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The frog was at a full boil at this point!



Now that I have bared my soul and laundry room, let me show you how she is coming together now!



One of the walls that will have shelving and some spots for air drying laundry as well…


Here is what we did:

  • We used CDX plywood for the top of the folding station, running the length of the wall on the underside of the staircase
  • Using 2″ x 3″ pine boards we cut them to fit to create a frame around the front of the folding station and leg supports for extra stability.  Plus they look pretty.
  • We stained them with weathered grey wood stain
  • We used a flush saw to create access (it’s hiding behind the plant and galvanized pot) to the water shut off, power and drain) making a lift out panel
  • We used glossy white paint for the top of the folding station, this time we chose exterior paint so it would be very tough and water proof
  • I used a Cutting Edge stencil and a foam roller with charcoal chalk paint to create the design on top
  • After the paint was dry we sealed the top with commercial water-based floor finish
  • Next we used the 12″ x 18″ tiles leftover from another project on the “backsplash” and a light grey grout that matches the paint on the walls


We are still working on the shelving and how to create a air-drying spot for laundry, but couldn’t be happier with our progress so far!

Every time I fold a load of towels or throw some clothes in the wash I look at the stenciled folding station top and think it looks like really pretty tile.

Thank you so much for reading friend, as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love…


xo, Tanya

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  1. So pretty!

  2. Cindy Jones says

    Looks really awesome. The top looks like tiles. Can’t believe it’s a stencil.

  3. I like this idea. I need to do something like this in my laundry room. Or should I say pass thru? I can see how helpful it is to have plus it is pretty.

    • That would look great in a laundry room that is more open Debra! I have seen that and you have to do a double take to realize there is a washer and dryer tucked away 🙂

  4. I really like what you did with your clothes folding table. We will be adding a folding table to our laundry closet and I was wondering what to do with the top. Do you mind if I make mine exactly like yours?!

  5. Wow, I really thought the top was tiled, it looks awesome, I love it! I bet you love doing laundry now, the rug is so pretty too!

    • I can’t wait to share the whole space, thank you Katrin, I am not going to say I enjoy laundry now but it’s way better!

      xo, Tanya

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