How to Sponge Paint A Wall


Ladder, drop cloth, work light, paint roller, roller tray, brushes, sea sponges, serrated kitchen knife and a shallow container.


Masking tape, primer, disposable latex gloves, latex paints or tints, polyurethane varnish.

1. Before sponging, test the technique on a spare piece of drywall. Colors can be made more or less transparent by adding varying amounts of water or thinner to the paint.

2. Apply primer to unfinished wood or drywall. Apply a stain-killing primer over knots and a special bonding primer on tile, glass or metal. Mask the surfaces that are not to be painted. Administer a base coat of paint with a roller brush or brush to the area. Let it dry completely.

3. Pour paint into a shallow container. Wet the sponge in water or thinner and twist out the excess. Dab the sponge into the paint and then onto a piece of paper to remove the excess. The paint should be evenly distributed on the sponge. Use disposable gloves to protect your hands. To paint the edge of a wall use, a serrated knife to cut a straight edge on a piece of sponge. Paint the corner first with cut sponge then overlap the area with paint in an uncut sponge.

4. Sponge paints a 3—4 foot wide section at a time. Do not stop in the middle of the wall but at a corner or a door jamb.

5. Touch up the area. Dry overnight before applying additional colors to the wall. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for additional colors.

6. Apply a coat of clear finish (water-based polyurethane) to the surface with a roller or a brush.


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