How To Sponge-Paint A Room
Sponge painting is one of the most basic faux finishes, and is a great technique for adding depth and color to a room. Some of the best places to sponge paint are:
- Plain rooms
- Anywhere you want to add visual interest.
Here is the step by step process of sponge painting:
- Buy a natural sea sponge, a faux glaze, and two different paint colors, they can either be similar in color or contrasting colors (one for the background color, and one for the sponged glaze).
- Paint the base coat and let it dry.
- Mix the second paint color with the glaze (usually 2 parts glaze to 1 part paint, however, you can adjust the mixture for a lighter or darker result by using more glaze for a lighter color and less glaze for a darker color).
- Get the sea sponge wet and wring it out so it is slightly damp (a sea sponge is used instead of a normal sponge because the holes are more random and produce a better texture).
- Dip the sponge into the glaze so that it is lightly coated in paint. Dab the sponge on a paper towel if there is too much excess paint on the sponge.
- Start at the least noticeable corner of the room and dab the sponge on the wall.
- Rotate the sponge, and overlap the glaze print so the pattern is varied. Work around the room in a consistent, but random, pattern.
- When you get to the corners of the room, cut off a little part of the sponge (about 2-3 inches in diameter and length), and dab it on the wall just as you have been doing on the rest of the wall.
- As you approach the area where you began, connect the sponge pattern by dabbing the sponge over the line of where you started, to create a seam that appears natural and random.
- When you finish, stand back from the room to make sure the whole room has a similar amount of undercoat and glaze showing. You may want to repeat the sponge pattern to darken the texture.
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