Sponging is a quick way to add texture and color to a wall. Be sure
to use a new sponge for each color you add.
wall paint in two or more colors
low-tack painter's tape (for masking off woodwork)
natural sea sponges with medium to heavy textures
of stiff, thin cardboard
plates or paper towels (for blotting)
Using one paint color,
apply your base coat; let dry.
Dampen the sponges and wring them as dry as possible.
Dip a sponge
into the remaining paint color. Dab the sponge onto a paper plate
until most of the paint is removed.
Gently press the sponge to the wall and lift. Continue doing
in a random pattern. To sponge close to the ceiling or into corners,
to protect the adjacent wall. When the
becomes completely dry, dip it in the paint and begin the process
You can sponge on additional colors if you want to,
beginning with the darkest color and working your way to the
lightest. Step back once in a while to get a better idea of how much
paint you want. Add as many layers as you want until you achieve the
desired density. If you're using latex paint, it will dry quickly,
so there's no need to wait between layers.