The sea sponge can help you transform plain walls into a brand new design. With this technique, you use the sea sponge to add paint to a wall and create new patterns. You can use one or more colour shades of paint to achieve the result you desire. This kind of painting is also called faux painting because you can mimic the look of natural materials, like stone, with practice.
Room and paint preparations
- Remove everything from your walls, including dust and dirt. Check the walls for peeling or chipped paint, repair and repaint it, if necessary before you sponge the paint.
- Move the furniture to the centre of the room so that you have at least four feet of space next to each wall you are painting. Spread tarps on the floors to protect them.Open your paints and glazing liquid. Pour one part paint and four parts glaze into a bucket. Measure carefully in case you need to make more glaze. Use one bucket for each colour. Stir it well.
- Open your paints and glazing liquid. Pour one part paint and four parts glaze into a bucket. Measure carefully in case you need to make more glaze. Use one bucket for each colour. Stir well.
- Dampen your sea sponge in a little water. Wring it out well so that it is just damp and not dripping wet. If necessary, roll the sponge in a dry rag to remove excess water.
- Dip the tip of your large sea sponge into the paint. Dab off the excess onto a styrofoam plate.
- Start at the top left side of the wall and press the sponge gently onto the wall, and then lift it straight off. Work in sections about 4 feet by 4 feet to move quickly across and down the wall.
- Cover about 80 percent of the basecoat if you are using only one accent colour. Stand back and look at the walls to find areas that need more paint. Complete one wall from ceiling to the floor before you move to the next wall.
Covering Corners and Edges
- Wet the small sea sponge in water and wring it out. Dip it into the paint and dab off the excess onto the styrofoam plate.
- Pounce a bit of colour into the corners of the walls. Blend into the sponge painting on the rest of the walls for a smooth transition.
- Dip a chip brush into a bit of paint and pounce it along the ceiling or baseboards to add a small amount of texture to areas that are difficult to reach with a sponge.
Adding the Second Colour
- Use a clean sea sponge for each additional paint colour. Let the paint dry before you add another colour.Cover about 60 percent of the wall with the first colour if you are using two layers of painting; less if you plan to add three colours.
- Cover about 60 percent of the wall with the first colour if you are using two layers of sponge painting; less if you plan to add three colours.
- Dab paint on areas that were not covered with the first colour and overlap areas that were covered with the first colour. Stand back and look at your work as you progress to be certain you have the correct proportions of paint. If some areas are too heavy with paint, use the basecoat colour and the sea sponge to even out the paint coverage.
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