Sponge Painting a Wall

Are you tired of staring at your dull, grey walls? Are you not a huge fan of wallpapers? There is a quick and easy method to add drama to your internal walls. I attempted sponge painting couple of years back and I was connected. For me, it is by far one of the very best wall painting strategies. And I new immediately I had to paint another wall with a sponge.

Fast forward two years and I finally had the opportunity to display my inner imagination by sponge painting a wall in my child’s bedroom. Hooray!

Sponge painting is really instinctive. It is really easy to achieve good results. But it is also very easy to get carried away (like I did) and invest numerous hours on going back to the point where you liked it. So in this post I will not be holding your hand every step of the way (not actually undoubtedly, I would not be able to do that anyhow). Instead I will inform you about all the important things I did wrong. And hopefully that will conserve you from making the same errors I did.

The colours
There are no set guidelines on what and the number of colours you should use when sponge painting a wall. Couple of tones of the same colour or comparable colours will probably work best. But if you’re a fan of colour, why not try using complementary colours instead? One thing you need to keep in mind though is that some of that colours costs blend together. Unless you wait for the colours to dry entirely prior to adding another colour, it is unavoidable. And blending the colours together is likewise kid of a point of all this sponge painting. So take that into account when selecting a more colourful combination or you may wind up with a poo on the wall … (And believe me, by “more dramatic look”, I did not imply that).

Suggestion! Don’t buy complete size paint tins! You won’t need much so paint sample pots are sufficient. Attempt Valspar paint as they can actually blend any colour you ask for and their sample pots are actually generous.

Sponge painting– how to start.


Whichever colour combination you choose– begin with the darkest colour in your group. It is a lot easier to keep control of the colour when including lighter shades on top. How do I know that? Since I didn’t and it cost me few more hours fixing it. Take my guidance, because– well, it’s an excellent advice! Clearly for your very first colour you do not need to use a sponge. You ought to use a roller or a brush at this point as it will take less time. When that’s done– you have your base colour (which, remember, must be the darkest one). Now you can start the real sponge painting.

Have a strategy!
Or much better still– make a drawing (on the paper, not on the wall) of what you wish to attain. This will help you immensely. When sponge painting a wall you will go through many phases. There is a respectable possibility you will like most of them (due to the fact that they all look good on a little scale, whole wall– not so much). Remembering what your vision was at the start will help you choose when to carry on and when to stop with he paint. And as a proof– here are few stages from when I was painting my son’s wall. I liked them all at the time and was considering changing the course. I’m grateful I didn’t. (Apologies for the quality of the photos however a few of them were taken really late at night– yep, if you do not have a plan, you will end up with a brush in your hand well past your bedtime).

Sponge painting- preparation.


Preparation is a key! You do not want to end up running around your home with a sponge leaking with paint just because you forgot to open the other colours. Yes- other colours! Ensure that all of your paint tins are open and prepared to use prior to you begin. Preferably you wish to put the paint into containers. It will make it simpler to dab the sponge in paint. Especially if you use tester pots as these are too small for the sponge. Believe me– been there, done that. (As you can see from the photo listed below) Also make sure that you have a separate sponge for each colour to avoid paint blending. That way you can keep the paint that’s left for another task.

When it pertains to choosing the sponge– go for the ones with larger holes in them. They will develop more fascinating pattern. And the majority of definitely don’t buy any unique craft sponges. They cost couple of times more and do exactly the same job. I’ve attempted them both– so you do not have to!

The strategy.
This is in fact the simplest part. More than likely you will find your own method within the very first hour or two. However simply to make things a bit easier, here’s what I’ve found out:.

  • Don’t soak the sponges in paint– simply dab them in paint making sure they do not take in excessive paint to prevent leaking.
  • If it takes place that there is excessive paint on your sponge do not push it too much on the wall, instead make few marks (dots) with it before starting to mix the paint together.
  • Start with the darkest colour, ending with the lightest at the top.
  • Alter patterns by altering the method– dab, press, twist the sponge, make circles with it and every from time to time attempt rubbing it on the wall (however just when the sponge is almost dry).
  • Use all the techniques at the starting so that you understand what results they bring for you and if it is something you wanted– if it isn’t, it is easier to change it at that stage.
  • If possible paint the wall in a daylight to prevent frustration. In case you find yourself still painting after it gets dark, leave the sponges for the night and start with a fresh eye in the morning. I continued for another couple of hours after it got dark (since I didn’t have a strategy), just to decide in the morning that I didn’t like it!
  • You can either use one colour at the time and after that add another when you’ve done the entire wall or you can paint your wall in stages, where you deal with one corner of the wall with all the colours initially prior to moving on to the next part of the wall– whichever works for you due to the fact that you’re suppose to.
  • Have fun with it! Don’t get stress out if you think you’ve ruined, simply carry on including more paint. If you’ve followed the above, then you won’t have to stress over having excessive paint on the wall.

One more suggestion.
When you finish sponge painting the wall and you believe it is a bit too dark, instead of adding more layers, give the wall a minor white wash with the sponge. Lightly call the sponge in the lightest paint, then rub the excess of paint into the edge of the tin, ensuring that the sponge is practically dry. Really gently skim the entire wall with the (ALMOST DRY) sponge. Do not begin in the middle of the wall, begin somewhere less noticeable.

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