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Beginner Painter's Guide: How To Sponge Paint A Wall

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You can turn a wall into a piece of art by using a sea sponge to paint it. The sea sponge will give the wall a rich textured look that you just can't achieve with a paint brush or roller. If you want to paint a room to give it a different feel than the traditional brush and roller methods, here is how you can sponge paint it.

You Will Need:

  • Plastic Paint Pail
  • Sea Sponges
  • Sea Sponge Edging Brush
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paint Brush
  • Roller Brush
  • Roller Pan
  • Painter's Tape

Step One: Tape Wall

You can get paint on the floorboards, door and window frames, and other areas just as easily with a sponge as you can with a roller or paint brush. You should use painter's tape to cover the floor boards and frames to prevent getting paint on them. If the ceiling is going to be a different color or texture, you should also place tape along the edge of the ceiling where it meets the wall.

Step Two: Apply Base Coat

You should cover up old, faded, and different colored walls with a base coat of paint of the color you are using to sponge paint the wall. Cover the wall entirely using a paint roller and brush and let it dry. Apply a second coat after the first coat thoroughly dries.

Step Three: Sponge Paint

Pour some paint into a plastic paint pail. Only fill the pail up about a quarter of the way to avoid making a big mess when you pull the sponge out of the bucket. Drop the sponge into the paint and let it soak up the paint on one side. Take the sponge out and ring most of the paint out of it. Start in a small section, not more than a couple of feet wide, and lightly pat the sponge against the wall.

Lightly patting the sponge against the wall allows the pores in the sponge to provide a nice texture in the paint. Move from section to section until the wall is completely covered. If the sponge gets too saturated with paint and it stops covering the wall well, rinse out the sponge in a bucket of water and ring it out thoroughly before you apply more paint to it.

You can use a sponge edge roller to get along the edges of the floorboards, ceiling, and door and window frames.

You should sponge paint a second coat onto the wall once the first coat dries. A second coat will increase the density of color and textured richness. If you so desire, you can add a color that complements the color you are using to give the texture a deeper mosaic-like appearance. Contact commercial paint contractors in your area for more information or assistance with this project.