Are you tired of your old plain wall, and have you been itching to switch things up? If your answer is yes, or you have been thinking about a new way to paint or decorate your wall, we’ve got something for you! In our recent post, we’ve already shared with you how to do a whitewashed brick. Now we’re going to cover a different technique that you can use to change things up in your home without spending a lot, sponge-painting. If you haven’t tried sponge-painting a wall, read on!
What is Sponge-Painting?
Sponge-painting is a painting technique that is a quick and easy technique to add texture to a wall or any surface. It uses a sponge and, depending on the shape, can create various designs. It’s inexpensive and an exciting way to highlight a wall or any project. Easily transform a dull and boring space into a fresh space or wall.
Step-by-Step Guide to Sponge-Painting A Wall
First off, let’s start with what you’ll be needing:
- Flat or eggshell-finish latex paint for base coat
- Paintbrush (for small areas) or paint roller and cover (for large surfaces)
- Latex Gloves
- Eggshell-finish latex for sponging
- Paint tray
- Paint extender
- Bucket and Water
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to sponge-paint a wall:
- Prepare your materials and wear your protective gear like a mask or gloves for painting. Double-check if got all you need, once you’re done, you can proceed to paint.
- In sponging, first, you have to set off a dry base paint. After that, apply the paint with a sponge. To stamp the wall with a sponge, apply a base coat with a brush/roller and let it dry. Dip the sponge in water and wring it out so that the sponge is slightly damp. Pour the second-color paint into a paint tray. Alternately immerse the sponge in the paint and make sure you coated it lightly and evenly.
- In a random pattern, lightly dab the sponge on the wall or any surface. To get a more cohesive design, practice on cardboard, and once you get the hang of it, you can start on your wall. Dip the sponge as frequently as needed and keep an eye on the coat of the sponge. Occasionally change the position of the sponge for a varying pattern.
- Start from the top of the wall and work your way down. Maintain a wet edge to keep the pattern of the sponge consistent with one another. You can overlap the pattern slightly and blend it with the next.
- Once you’ve completed your first coat, you may want to sponge on a secondary color to create depth and texture. It also adds richness to the finish. Your second color should complement or be a variation of your first color.
- After painting your wall or a portion of the surface, take a step back and check for inconsistencies. This way, you can quickly retouch a part wall and maintain cohesiveness.
That’s how you sponge-paint a wall, it’s not that hard right? What project or painting technique would you like to try next?