Spray Painted Laundry Tub {and a Basement Ceiling Sneak Peak}

We have finally made it to the painting phase on our basement update and I’m pinching myself to make sure it’s really happening because it has felt like FOREVER since we started tackling the basement last October.

While we progress along on the basement, things around here may be a medley of posts, shares and visitors.  I hope you will stay tuned.

In the meantime, I have a sneak peak of the painted basement ceiling and a spray painted laundry tub.  


In planning to re-do the basement, I had pulled together several inspiration photos, which you can see here, to help keep me focused.  One of the photos was of a laundry room and it included a duo toned laundry tub.

Since I already had a plastic laundry tub that worked fine, I wasn’t going to get a new one. But I thought adding a little interest to it with some spray paint (that works on plastic) would be a nice touch.



This is what the tub looked like before.

The next three photos show the manner in which I taped it off; and then cut a large garbage bag to tape over the top of the tub.




Since the tub corners were rounded, I had to tape each side in sections to keep the line straight.

Then using Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X Coverage,  I hit it with the spray paint in color Espresso. The whole project only took about an hour.  Of course I gave the tub a good cleaning beforehand.



Adding a two tone look adds interest to this otherwise boring plastic laundry tub. I’m hoping the contrast of color will pop against my brightly new painted basement.

Are you wondering if this plastic spray paint actually works?

Head on over and read the two top tips for getting the best results when spray painting plastic.


Here is a glimpse of how the walls just above the laundry are looked before.


Here is a sneak peak at what the same area is going to look like with new painted walls and ceiling.

We are still trying to get the hang of using the paint sprayer but the difference between before and after has me kicking up my heals!!! 


DIY Painted Basement makeover cost $1200.00 - StowAndTellU.com

The basement has been completed!  See the final reveal, here

More posts on the basement update:

5 Tips for How to Prepare an open ceiling for paint

15 Tips: Using a paint sprayer on an exposed basement ceiling

Laundry Room Reveal

25 Use what you have decorating ideas for the basement

Lost Sock Laundry Sign

Until next time ~ Amy


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12 Responses to Spray Painted Laundry Tub {and a Basement Ceiling Sneak Peak}

  1. Anne September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    That’s a really great idea Amy! It looks so much better that way!!!

  2. chris aka monkey September 2, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    i had to keep scrolling up and down to make sure you hadn’t bought a new tub…this is awesome…. i wonder if i could use the rustoleum to paint my plastic shower …former owners didn’t take care of it and it looks like crap…i even bought a power scrubber and could not get the stains off xx

  3. Shanna Gilbert September 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    You’re making progress girl! The tub looks so much better now!

  4. Sherry@Thrift My House September 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Oh my gosh! I need this in my laundry room! I’m working on updates. Your sink is pretty! Great job Amy!

  5. Danni@SiloHillFarm September 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Amy, never once did I consider painting my new laundry tub and now I’m kicking myself in the butt! Which means, I’m going to have to do it! LOL! YOurs looks great and your basement is looking brighter! You go girl!

  6. Mel September 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m addicted to that rustelouem 2x at the moment. The tub looks great, I haven’t tried plastic but I want to, you just given me the confidence I need I’m going to try tomorrow if the rain lets up.

  7. Feral Turtle September 3, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Leave it to you to amp up a laundry sink. Looks great Amy. How exciting you are back to the basement. Looking forward to your next post!!

  8. heather f September 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    This has turned out so great. Love what you do with plastic tubs!!!

  9. Kaylee September 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Amy, did you also paint the inside of the sink and of so, how has the paint held up?

    • Amy September 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Kaylee,
      I didn’t paint the inside of the tub, so I cannot say, but I did read on some aquarium websites that they use Krylon Fusion spray paint on some of their aquarium plastic parts. You can do a test piece on a platic bottle of some kind and see if it holds up against water. Just an idea. I hope that helps. Thanks so much for coming by – Amy


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