If you are like me, you get super bored with a plain white wall.
I always wanted something new and exciting, so I did some research and some experimenting, and finally did it myself.
Although some of you may have heard of it, let me introduce you into sponge painting!
Sponge painting is exactly what it sounds like, you paint with a sea sponge!
Doing this painting technique creates walls with so much depth and so many interesting colors.
I found this while painting the walls at one of my friend’s home that turned out amazing when completed, and I don’t see myself repainting them any time soon.
In this article, I will be diving in and show you how you can sponge paint the walls at your home with multiple colors.
The tips, steps and ideas discussed here are from my personal experiences, if you want you can make few minor changes if you plan to paint your walls with a sponge.
Tools and Materials Required
Like a lot of painting projects, you will need some basic tools and materials.
To begin with the tools, it’s exactly the same as any other paint project.
You will need:
- a basic paint roller,
- a few paint trays to hold the paints you are working with,
- some painters tape to mask off the wall and
- a small paint brush for touchup work
I also recommend having rags nearby in case you have to wipe off any paint and depending on the size of the wall, you may need a stepladder.
And of course, when you are sponge painting, don’t forget the sponge!
We recommend you get the more expensive natural sea sponge as they will make your overall project better due to the more random pattern.
Also, if you didn’t know, you can super easily wash the paint out of the sponge, so if your budget doesn’t allow it, one sponge should do the job.
Then to paint, you will need some paint!
The whole idea of sponge painting is stacking many different multiple paint colors on top of each other.
So, we will need at least 2 different paints. We will need a darker base coat and a lighter color to go on top.
We may be able to get away with 2 colors, but more colors may be better as it will give you a more subtle and cloudy effect compared to the stark contrast with only two colors.
I recommend using at least 5 different paints to give it a desirable look. These paints will be all relatively similar, however will vary in lightness.
Few other materials
Although a lot of other stuff we will mention here can be optional, they will just make your job easier and may give a better look in the end.
For example, you may want to get a glaze extender, which essentially thins the paint out, allowing you to have more time to work with it, as you will see, we will mess with the paint for a long time before it dries.
In a similar fashion, you may want to get a latex glaze, which also thins the paint, but in a way that makes it more translucent.
As we stack a lot of different colors on top of each other, in my opinion, this glaze will make the wall look better by creating depth.
Steps to Sponge Paint Your Wall with Multiple Colors
Step 1. Paint the Base Coat and Prep
To begin, you will need a wall with a base coat.
You may already have this, but if you don’t you will need to simply roll on a base coat.
This base coat can be a lighter color, but I prefer to have a dark base and building the lighter colors on top of that.
But before that, make sure you are fully prepared, by using painters’ tape on the edge of the walls and having some tarps down on the ground may be a good idea.
Step 2. Add Glaze and Extender to Paint
This step is pretty self-explanatory. Just add your glaze and/or your extender to your paint.
Each glaze will have a different specification so just make sure you follow what the instructions say.
Make sure you save at least a little bit of all of your colors and some glaze so in the future you can come back and fix any stains or damages that may occur.
Trust us on this one! It’s awful trying to find the exact paint and the exact glaze years in the future.
Step 3. Apply the First Color using Sponge
All you have to do is sponge on the paint. Put the sponge in the paint trey and blot off the majority of it on a piece of scrap wood or a tarp.
You will now be holding a lightly painted sponge and you can begin.
We recommend starting in a corner, especially one that is hidden behind the furniture, so you get the feel of it. To apply the paint, touch it to the wall.
Be careful, there are dozens of factors that will change the amount of paint you will apply. The most important factor is the amount of pressure you apply onto the wall.
The first color you use, you will want to cover the majority of the wall.
But keep in mind, what makes sponge painting so great is not the amount of paint you use, but the amount of paint you don’t use.
The edges of the walls can be covered by dabbing a small paint brush if you don’t want to hit an adjacent wall with the sponge.
Step 4. Now Apply the Rest of the Colors
Now, you essentially do the same thing with the other colors. Try to remain consistent on each layer and apply less paint over time.
For example, the last color you will be using should be used on the wall a very minimal amount compared to the first color which will be used very liberally.
Sponge painting can be really tricky to do properly, but it’s almost impossible to get a bad result.
If you mess up at any point you can just add more paint on top of it.
Don’t worry about the mistakes, just go with the flow and paint what you think will look good.
The final product will have thousands of different shades of colors due to the overlapping, and you will be proud of your work by the end.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls. He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.