Sponge Painting Basics: 10 Things You Should Know about Sponge Painting

Looking for a fast and easy way to freshen up your space…without breaking the bank? Sometimes a little paint is all that is needed to transform a space. Perhaps you should consider sponge painting as a “new” idea to get that textural look you’re after. Before you get started, though, here are a few things you should know about sponge painting.

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Definition:

Simply put, sponge painting is a method of painting that uses a sponge and at least two mediums to create a faux finish with paint.

Pros:

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Sponge painting is a quick and easy way to add texture to your painted surface. It’s also a fantastic way to camouflage an unsightly or uneven surface, such as old plaster or similar (or to emphasize its imperfections, if that’s your style).

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Sponge painting is easy to “fix” if you make a mistake. Simply sponge over the erroneous spot to camouflage it.

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Sponge painting a relatively simple painting technique to grasp. It takes a few extra steps, of course, but the end result can be stunning.

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Sponge painting is a very inexpensive way to add an expensive textural look. When you consider the cost of other design methods to add texture to a wall or other object (e.g., linen or seagrass wallpaper, tiles, etc.), sponge painting comes out by far an inexpensive option.

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Sponging paint can produce highly versatile results. With this technique, you can easily recreate the delicate aesthetic of aged porcelain or replicate the rustic drama of stone…and many other textures.{found on revistaad}.

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Sponge painting is often associated with painted walls, but this technique can be applied to virtually any paintable surface – doors, furniture, floors, ceilings, accent pieces, and many others. We give a thumbs-up to a versatile décor technique.

Cons:

*Photos included in this section are NOT intended to be examples of poorly executed sponge painting.

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Sponge painting, when done poorly, can look tacky and unprofessional. Research the best tone combinations and sponge painting techniques to ensure your sponge painting job doesn’t fall into this category!

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Sponge painting requires a few more steps than standard paint-rolling, which can be a factor in trying to paint the surface quickly.

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Sponge painting requires a natural sponge if you’re going to do the thing correctly (and get results that are satisfying and beautiful).

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What do you think? Sponge painting can be a fairly controversial design strategy…are you a fan or no?