Tips and Examples of Sponge Painting

Do you want to use a creative finish on your walls that does not require a lot of work? Sponge painting is one of the examples of decorative finishes that are quick and easy to create. Examples of sponge painting can be found on walls, furniture, and even accessories.

Tools For Sponge Painting

Taking a look at finished work will help you create the look you want for your walls or furniture. To use the sponge painting technique, you will need a dark color of latex based paint for your bottom coat and a lighter color of paint for your top coat. Latex paint can be easily cleaned with water and is easier to work with than oil based paints. You will also need brushes or a roller and a sponge.

How To Sponge Paint

Paint your base coat on the wall or furniture using your brushes or roller. Allow this coat to dry thoroughly. Next, pour some of the top coat color into a pan and dip the sponge into the paint. Blot the sponge on the edge of the pan or use a cloth to remove excess paint.

Now, dab the sponge onto the wall. You will have to experiment with the amount of pressure you apply untilsponge painting you get an effect you like. If you don't like the effect you are creating, take another look at your sponge painting examples. You can easily repaint the wall with your base coat of paint and try again. However, sometimes you just need to sponge on more paint to get the effect you want. You also may need to rotate the sponge a bit to soften the edges.

Other Wall Treatment Options

If you don't care for the look of sponge painting, there are other types of decorative finishes you can use. Glazing and ragging are simple techniques that can really dress up a wall. Stenciling can be a bit more time consuming, but can create elaborate faux effects.

To find out more about faux painting, don't forget to read the other articles on this topic on this site.

Be sure to check out 2010 color trends to help you choose the perfect color for your painting experience.