Sponging Drywall Correctly

What You'll Need
Paint, two colors
Sea sponge
Roller pan
Bucket of clean water
Painter's tape

Sponging drywall is a simple procedure if you follow the steps in the right order. Using a sponge creates a visually interesting texture that can make the most bland room creative and colorful.

Step 1:– Choosing the Right Combination of Colors

Choosing the colors you wish to paint with is an important factor in getting the right sponging effect. A dark layer of paint over a light layer creates one effect, while a light layer over a dark layer is similar but different. If you want some texture without being as dramatic as two contrasting colors, use two paints only a few shades apart. The effect is subtle, but still adds something dramatic to your home.

Make sure the colors you choose match your room and you like the way they combine. However, do not feel required to make one of them white or something similar to white. One of the joys of sponging is stepping away from standard bland white walls in your home.

Step 2: Preparation

Always tape up any edges you don't want to get paint on, such as moldings, ceilings, doorways, windows and corners. Cover the floor with a tarp to protect your floor or carpet from splatters.

Step 3: Paint the Base Layer

Your bottom layer can be the lighter or darker color. Choose which one you want and pour some into the roller pan. Roll the paint onto the wall in an even layer. Don't worry too much about flaws as they will be hidden by the variation of the sponge layer. However, a smooth, even layer is best. If using a dark color for the base, be prepared to apply a second layer of paint to even out the color density.

Do no begin the next step until the first layer is fully dry.

Step 4: Using Your Sponge

Sea sponges are best for sponging because of the random size and texture of the holes, as well as the variable shapes. Feel free to cut up the sponge for more variety of form.

Dampen the sponge with water before you start.

Begin by placing a thin layer of paint on one surface of the sponge. Some like to dip the sponge in paint then dab off the excess on a roller pan or piece of cardboard. Others apply the paint with a brush to keep the paint layer light. Minimizing the amount of paint on the sponge is very important. Too much paint and the sponge will leave thick blobs of paint on the wall instead of thin, textured spatters.

Dab the paint lightly on the wall, turning the sponge to keep the outline random rather than creating a pattern. The painted layer will become thinner over time. When it becomes too light, add more paint. In time, the sponge core may become saturated with paint that does not apply to the wall. Rinse the sponge in a bucket of clean water before continuing to paint.

Work in sections, keeping the edges damp to prevent seaming of the paint.