How To Paint Using Sponging Techniques | The Home Depot

How To Paint Using Sponging Techniques | The Home Depot



in the world of decorative painting sponge painting probably wins the popularity contest it's fast easy and inexpensive and best of all it works successfully on any wall surface the effectives perfect for any casual room where you want a soft pleasing backdrop for your furnishings and artwork just like all other wall painting projects sponge painting requires a few hours of focus prep work that always includes masking off everything that you don't want painted assuming your walls are already primed your project will begin with a base coat you'll want to build in enough time to apply a second coat if needed if you're trying to cover a pre-existing color count on that second coat give the first coat time to dry if you're only using two colors your base coat should always be the darkest of your color combination the lighter color on top will create the illusion of a three-dimensional surface the eye will see highlights on top and shadows underneath even a monochromatic color scheme will give you a low contrast yet highly sophisticated effect additional colors offer flexibility in how you layer your colors in this case we're using a lighter base then sponging on three additional colors beginning with the darkest and adding progressively lighter colors satin or eggshell interior latex paints offer a slight sheen that worked great as your base the top coats will be blended with a glaze to make sure the paint is more translucent for a soft nuanced result glazes also extend the drying time of the top coat which gives you a chance to step back check your work and make adjustments as Claes is nothing more than a neutral paint formula to which no pigment has been added the basic mixing formula is one part paint to four parts glaze to create the transparency that is ideal for sponging but that's just a guideline you can use your sample boards to experiment and try other variations sponging is all about creativity when you paint the base color also be sure to paint a few sample boards that can be used for sponge technique practice your base color will need at least one night to dry weather can affect drying time if it's humid when you paint you might want to add an additional drying day once the base is dry the real fun begins be sure you have a brush a large piece of cardboard and two sea sponges one large and one small let's take a look at that sponge there are plenty of sponge styles out there but for this project you want to find a sea sponge the irregular size of the pores results in interesting patterns but you have to help it along by turning your wrist as you work to avoid repetition of the pattern like a snowflake every sea sponge is different those differences are in the pore size of your sponge as that will determine the paint pattern smaller pores will produce a tight pattern larger pores will result in a looser pattern whichever your preference you should choose a sponge that is easy to hold and manipulate with one hand prep your sponge by soaking it in water and wring it out thoroughly brush the rake leaves latex paint or the darkest color onto the flattest surface of the sponge blot the excess paint on your scrap cardboard then take a couple of practice runs on those sample boards that you created with the base paint dab the sponge onto the surface using a light bouncing motion you want to tap the surface lightly as less pressure creates more detail it's always better to go lightly then repeat if more paint is needed move the sponge a quarter turn every time and use different areas of the sponge or try sponging with alternating hands to avoid footprints for matching imprints overlap each impression just a bit to cover the surface of a 3×3 foot work area but leave the work area with jagged edges to help avoid lines as your work areas meet another tip is to work in a spiral or on a diagonal to avoid creating recognizable rows or lines this is a great time to remind you to step back occasionally and look at the big picture you want to be sure that you're keeping the paint and the patterns balanced paint can't clog up the pores in the sponge quickly causing your finish to look blotchy you can blot the sponge on your card board a lint-free rag or coffee filter also works to keep the pattern crisp but eventually it will need to be rinsed out to clear the pores don't forget to wring out the excess water before adding glaze if you unintentionally dab on too much paint just rinse out your sponge and press your clean damp sponge to the still wet paint and lift it straight off should fix it right up there are a couple schools of thought on sponging corners the first school would have you use the smaller sponge as you approach trim and corners a great trick is to create a little handle for your sponge with a large hair clip making it easier to sponge in the corners and hard-to-reach areas the thought here is that you can use the smaller sponge to prevent over sponging on the adjoining wall the other approach is to use cardboard to completely block the adjoining wall while you sponge right into the corner this requires drying time so you can cover each of the painted walls without smudging let this coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat blend the dry sea grass latex paint or the medium color with glaze using the one to four parts formula mentioned earlier apply using the same technique sponge corners and around the trim last now sponge the creme brulée latex paint for the lightest color in the same manner reapply any of the colors randomly for added dimension until reaching the desired effect continue this process until the entire wall is completed another approach is to use your sponge to remove paint rather than apply it also known as the sponge off technique this technique is often used when you want less of the base coat to show through you'll create the base coat as before but after it's dry you'll roll the second color on and then sponge it off cleaning the sponge as you go along sponging off leaves a slightly crunchy haze of color without the dotted pattern typical of sponging on you

22 thoughts on “How To Paint Using Sponging Techniques | The Home Depot

  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Looks like a toddler put poo on the wall lol

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Argh, everything I've read so far says to put the lighter color as the first coat. I'm going with that.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    What's that shit color?

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    That hair clip trick is DA BOMB. Now all I need is hair. Thanks!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    I’ll use 2 colors but 3 or 4 colors for one room or part of the house? That’s a lot of money, that’s called a waste sorry

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Good job

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    wa.ooooooo so good

    and your education is so good step by step very clear

    thank you so much

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    The techniques in the video are spot-on and very useful but however Home Depot does not sell glaze nor do they sell sea sponges. I would suggest starting your fux project somewhere else then Home Depot.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Where is all the variety that is in the whole world except America, where gold, silver pearl, all sorts of bronze, shiny colors? The feeling that everywhere for a hundred years ahead live! !!!!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    How quickly she does.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Totally hideous. Not gonna happen on my walls!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Great vid! So many different uses for sponges when doing finish work. From faux finishing to texturing and texture matching. I even use sponges on my drywall art too! Good luck with your projects everyone! -Paul

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Oh, thankfully this fell out of favor. Yuck!

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