Sponging Tips and Tricks
Sponging is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to give a room an attractive makeover. The technique creates an illusion of texture which is great for hiding imperfections or irregularities in your walls. The following tips will help ensure that your sponging endeavors will result in fun and fabulous rooms.
Generally you want to use an organic sponge as the irregular shape will create better patterns on your walls.
Before you start, the wall should be painted in a subdued white or off white background color using a standard brush. This is the canvas for your sponge art.
Pour the paint color you will be sponging into a roller tray. When dipping the sponge in the paint, dab it on a piece of newspaper to remove any excess. Too much paint and you can end up with drips.
Pat the sponge against the wall lightly, creating random patterns as you move across the surface. Your first coat should be light, and you should step back often to view the entirety of your work. Remember it’s always easier to put more paint on than to take it off.
If you like, a second complimentary color can be sponged on top of the first one to create a contrasted effect. However it’s important to make sure that this second color is not too different from the first or youll end up with a chaotic look.
If you find that you are unable to complete the job in a single day, store the
sponges in air tight zip lock bags so that they don’t dry out. When you finish, make sure that you write down the exact paint numbers used so that you can go back and touch up the wall if anything happens to it.