Sponge painting is another technique for painting your
walls, furniture and other objects in the house. Sponge
painting is easy to learn and easier to master. This
technique produces good results using commercially
available paint. Use latex paints for best result. Sponge
painting gives best result when glazes are not used. You
can use similar or contrasting paints to create the effect
that you require. Sponge painting is cost effective and
maintenance free. It is child friendly, as it can be
easily touched up if children damage, a sponge painted
wall. For the best result of sponging you should use a
3-color procedure, using a base coat and two sponge
The first color
is the base coat. If you want to use sheen use eggshell.
The second color
is the first sponge color; use the same sheen as the base
The third color
you use is the second sponge color, which should also have
the same sheen as the base coat.
Follow the instructions given below and you will be
able to learn how to sponge paint.
1. Prepare surface of wall by removing nails, repair the
damages on the wall and prime as required
2. Use masking tape or painters tape to tape off window
and doorframe, trim, ceiling edges etc.
3. Remove all electrical fixtures including switch plates.
4. Cover furniture and floor with canvas or plastic
5. Use a base color of your choice and sheen. Apply and
let it dry completely.
6. Take the two sponge colors and put into separate paint
7. Dip sponge into color 1 and then blot on old newspaper
to remove the extra paint.
8. Do not soak the sponge in color 1. The pores of the
sponge should not be full of paint. Begin working on the
wall by gently pressing the sponge on the wall. Keep
moving your wrist in different directions so that you vary
the surface of the sponge. Allow the base color to show
through. The spotted effect created by the sponge will
only enhance the finish.
9. Once you have applied color 1 on the surface apply
color 2 in the same way you applied color 1. While
applying color 2 concentrate on areas that have not been
covered well in color 1. While working regularly step back
to look at the effect that the sponge is creating.
10. You can create a marbleized effect by applying color 1
in a pattern or in a particular direction dry completely.
Then apply color 2 in such a way that color 1 and the base
color are seen through.
11. After completing rinse sponge clean with water.
12. Note down paint colors for future touch-ups.
13. Clean with warm soapy water.