Sponge Painting Walls

What You'll Need
1 paint roller
1 x 3 inch paintbrush
1 paint tray
Several natural sea sponges
1 bucket
1 stirrer or wooden spoon
Rubber gloves
Base paint
Top coat paint
Faux glaze

Sponge painting walls is easy to do and can add a unique look to a room at very little cost. No particular skills are required, and this job is one that allows you to experiment with your creativity. One of the main advantages of a sponge-painted finish is that it is a great cover-up for walls with irregularities. The best results are achieved when contrasting color combinations are used.

Step One–Test Your Color Combination

Before you begin painting your walls, try out your color choices on a piece of card or board to make sure you are happy with the expected results. Remember that if you opt for a light base color with a dark top coat glaze, it will make the room appear darker. If you want to lighten the area, choose a darker base and apply a lighter color on top. It’s the top coat that will be prominent, so keep this in mind when choosing your colors.

Step Two–Apply the Base Color

First, paint the walls with a coat of the base paint. You can use a roller or a brush to apply the first coat. A matte or satin finish emulsion paint is ideal. When all the walls have been covered and the first coat is completely dry, apply another coat of the same paint. It’s important to allow this coat of paint to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next stage.

Step Three–Mixing It Up

Make a mixture of 1 part of your top color of paint to 4 parts of faux glaze in a large bucket. Bear in mind that adding more glaze will give more of a transparent effect to your top coat. Use your stirrer or wooden spoon to make sure the paint and the glaze are well mixed.

Step Four–Coating the Sponge with Top Coat

Dip your natural sea sponge into the bucket of top coat. Be careful to wipe off any excess. You don’t want the sponge to be dripping but try to make sure that the surface of the sponge is well covered.

Step Five–Sponging the Walls

Use light pressure to press the paint-coated sponge onto the wall. You can do this randomly. Don’t worry about trying to be too uniform. Keep applying light to moderate pressure and try rolling the sponge over the wall to give a more textured impression.

Continue to reload the sponge with glaze and apply it to the walls until the whole room is done. Pay particular attention to corners and edges. Depending on the size of the room you are painting, you may need to use more than one sponge. Sea sponges can get a little worn when used in this way, so keep spares on hand.