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Video:How to Sponge Paint a Wall

with Debbie Anderson

Sponge painting a wall adds texture to a room while creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere. See our simple techniques and ideas for using sponging as a decorative painting idea.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com Home!

Decorative painting can be a great alternative to having bland walls or having to put up wallpaper. It can also add a lot of your own personality to the room.

The first technique I'm going to go over is sponging. It'll add a really nice texture to the wall. The beauty of sponging is that you can add a nice texture and it doesn't make the walls look flat or dull or harsh, so it adds a certain warmth and depth to the room. This way you can create a room that you want to stay in for as long as you want to.

Sponging Supplies

For this particular sponging technique, you will need a Roll of Painters Tape, A Utility Knife, Vinyl Gloves, A 9 Inch Paint Roller and Roller Frame, A Metal Roller Tray, A Canvas Drop Cloth, A Paint Can Opener, A Stir Stick, An Interior Flat Latex Paint to use as a base color, an Interior Latex Paint to use as an Accent Color, a Sea Sponge, A Paper Plate, and A Roll of Paper Towels.

Apply Base Layer

After preparing the area with a drop cloth and Painters Tape, use your paint roller to apply a clean and smooth coat of the desired base color to the wall. Allow the paint to dry.

Dip Sea Sponge in Paint

Next, pour a small amount of the Accent Color Paint onto a paper plate. After putting on a new pair of vinyl gloves, lightly dip the sea sponge into the paint, and blot the sponge on a paper towel to remove any excess paint.

Apply Paint to Wall

Before applying the paint to the wall, lightly press the sponge onto a clean paper towel to make sure that particular amount of paint on the sponge creates the look you are going for. If you are happy with the result, starting at the top of the area and working your way down, lightly apply the sponge to the wall. As you apply the sponge to the wall, only apply a small amount of color to the wall at a time and apply the sponge in random patterns while rotating your hand in different directions.

Allow the paint to dry.

And there you have it!

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