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How to Use a Sponge to Paint Your Walls

Ready for a mood change in your house that doesn't require redecorating? Sponge paint your walls to create that new ambiance and color you're looking for.


  • TIP: Start with a wider spacing to allow for adjustments and filling in if the look isn't quite what you want.
  • Step 1: Tap the wall at regularly spaced intervals, refilling the sponge with paint as necessary. Rotate the sponge as you tap to vary the pattern.
  • Step 2: Hold a piece of cardboard against the opposite wall when sponging corners to keep from overdoing it. Use the cardboard to protect the ceiling and baseboards when you reach the top and bottom of the wall.
  • Step 3: Let the walls dry overnight before touching up any areas. Remove the painter's tape slowly and replace switch and outlet covers. Now, stand back and take a gander at your awesome handiwork.
  • FACT: In 2009, scientists discovered fossills at a site in Oman, proving the existence of sea sponges more than 635 million years ago and making them one of the earliest animals on Earth.
  • Step 4: Dip the moist sponge into the paint, and blot excess paint off onto a piece of newspaper. Hold the sponge in the palm of your hand and lightly tap the wall.
  • Step 5: Put on a pair of latex gloves, and pour the sponge paint into a tray. Dip your sponge into a container of water and wring out all the excess.
  • Step 6: Prepare by moving furniture to the center of the room, taking everything off the walls, and removing switch and outlet covers. Tape off the ceiling, window and door frames, and the baseboards. Lay down drop cloths to prevent paint from ruining the floor.
  • Step 7: Choose which of the 2 colors will serve as your base coat and which will be your sponge coat.
  • Step 8: Pour the base coat paint into a tray and paint the walls using a roller for even coverage. Repeat with a second coat if needed.
  • TIP: You may need to use a primer before laying down the base coat if your new color is significantly different from your current color.
  • Step 9: Allow the newly painted walls to dry overnight.
  • : Paint fumes can be hazardous to your health. Make sure the room is well-ventilated to avoid overexposure to fumes.

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