Thinking of repainting your room? What painting style do you have in mind? Are you thinking of color washing or rag painting? Or do you have something else you want to do? If you want to do something fun and sophisticated, you might want to try sponging.
Sponging is a clever way to paint your wall. It puts stains or blotches out of sight while giving your wall a 3D effect. You will need either a small sponge or a roller sponge for large walls. You can use the steps below to give your wall an irresistible finish.
1. Before starting a paint job, remove everything inside the room. This includes the furniture, frames and wall hanging, and electrical outlet cover. Place a cloth on the floor to catch paint drips. Aside from that, put painter’s tape to moldings, window frames or casings, and base. All these will prevent paint from being smeared to those areas.
2. Prepare all your materials and start pouring your paint to the paint tray. Start the application by using 3/8 inch nap roller. Let the paint dry and resume work the next day.
3. Remove the painter’s tape from the previous day and replace it with a new one.
4. Transfer your glaze replica into the paint tray. Drench your sponge with the glaze but extract excess paint. Start the application but make sure that you apply in different directions to create different patterns.
5. Using a small sponge, rub on glaze in the corners. Take off the painter’s tape and let the paint dry. Hang your frames and wall hangings, fix the outlet covers, and position the furniture back into the room.
The steps above are just for the sponging-on technique. If you want to try sponging-off techniques, you might want to try the steps below:
1. Do steps 1 to 3 from the above technique.
2. Fill your paint tray with the fake glaze. Use a 3/8 inch roller and start applying. Create designs similar to that of jigsaw puzzles. Your design or patterns should be about 2 to 4 feet wide. Make one side of your design touch the side of another pattern but do not overlap.
3. Using your sponge roller, add gentle and soft strokes to your wall. Do this before the glaze dries or you will not get the desired result. Vary your strokes from time to time to create a random look. Just clean your roller from time to time.
4. Use your small sponge to wipe off glaze in tight corners. As usual, take off the painter’s tape and let the wall dry before returning all the furniture and wall hangings.
If you think that the sponging technique tutorial is done, you are wrong. In fact, we are about to start with another terrific sponging technique. The steps below are for a Tuscan faux surface.
1. Do step 1 from the first technique.
2. Fill your paint try with your base paint. Again, use your 3/8 inch nap roller and start applying paint. Let your wall dry overnight.
3. The next day, use a sponge roller to apply a second coat. I suggest that you alter your strokes every now and then to make the design random.
4. Before the paint dries, create patterns on your wall using a trowel. Apply gentle pressure while dragging the trowel from corner to corner. Let it dry for approximately 2 hours.
5. Using your nap roller, apply the faux glaze. Afterwards, get rid of the glaze using a squeegee.
6. Take away the painter’s tape after painting your wall. Let your wall dry before returning everything into their original places.
These 3 techniques are easy to do. Which do you like best? Do let me know!