How to Sponge Paint a Border

What You'll Need
Acrylic paint in two colors
Kitchen sponges
Felt-tip pen
Ruler or measuring tape
Glass pie plate
Masking tape

The sponge paint technique is one of the easiest and quickest painting methods that will add a unique design to your borders. It is also a very economical and hassle-free solution to jazzing up a room without repainting.

Step 1 - Plan

First decide which is the appropriate area in your chosen room for your border. Once you have made your choice, you must choose two different colors for your paint. Remember to choose colors which go well together. You might try using two different shades of the same color, or you could go for complementary colors such as green and red if you are a bold person. If the border is already painted and you like the color but want to jazz it up a bit, you can leave the present color as a base color and use only one acrylic paint for sponging.

Step 2 - Measure and Mark the Border

Once you have chosen the exact location of your border, you should measure the width of the border with the help of the ruler. Make markings with chalk to the desired height every few feet. You should join the markings with the help of the ruler or a measuring tape so that you have a full border across the whole wall or around the full room. Mark with chalk because it is easier to remove later. You should use some masking tape to frame the border so that when you are sponging you do not overlap onto the rest of the wall.

Step 3 - Prepare the Sponge

You now need to prepare the sponge for the actual sponge painting. It is up to you to choose whether you want to create a particular pattern/design on your sponge or use the already present pores on the sponge to create a blending dotted design. If you are going to cut a design in the sponge, you need to first rinse it, wring out any excess water and squeeze it in a dry towel. Now take a felt-tip pen and sketch the design on the sponge. You can cut it out with scissors to leave your design protruding (like a stamp).

Step 4 - Sponge Paint the Border

If your border is not already painted, now is the time to paint your base coat. With your paintbrush, paint a uniform base with one of your acrylic paints. Once this undercoat base dries, you can prepare for the second stage, which is the actual sponge painting.

Pour a small amount of your second acrylic paint onto a glass pie plate. The glass pie plate will act as a palette for you. Now you can start sponge painting: Dip and pat the sponge around in the paint so that the coverage is even and then pat it on the wall. Keep on repeating this process until you have covered the border. Remember not to overdo it, or the base won't show through for maximum effect.

Step 5 – Finish Up

Now let your paint dry. Once it has dried, you can gently remove the masking tape.