Sponge Faux Painting

Sponge faux painting can be the perfect technique because it creates a beautiful effect that can add a lot of depth and life to a room.

And the best part is, it is easy!

The hardest part might just be choosing your colors. You'll want to choose three colors that go together well. A base color and two colors that you will use on top of your base color.

Here are a couple of photos showing how nice a simple sponging faux finish can look:

sponge faux painting

This technique may seem too simple and sometimes even underrated. However, you can see from the photo the subtle beauty that this effect can have.

This technique can add drama to any room as well. These photos here show a dining room where a black and gold metallic paint were used as the colors to create this very elegant look.

sponge painted dining room

dining room sponge painted

This is a nice backdrop to any dinner party!

To achieve this effect, first paint your base color on the walls completely. This way, if there are any missed spots, you'll have your third color showing through, giving you even more depth.

Next you'll mix your glaze. The two colors you will use over your base should be mixed in a latex glazing liquid. The directions on the can will tell you exactly how to do this.

Once you mix your two glaze colors, you'll want to use a natural sea sponge about the size of your hand or just a little larger. This can be purchased in most paint stores or building supply superstores. Because of their irregularity or odd shapes, these give you the best possible effect and are definitely worth paying a little extra for.

Now just dip the sponge into the glaze and dab it onto the wall.

That's pretty much it... Does it sound too easy?

Well there are some tips to remember:

• Try not to create a definite pattern, like a row of identical shapes. It always looks better when its random.

• Also try to leave the same amount of space between each color. You do want your job to look "even" over the wall. That way it won't be heavily painted in some areas and too light in others.

• One way to keep things random is to keep turning the sponge in your hand as you work so you get a good variety of spots on the wall.

• You can do one color at a time. Treat each color like its own layer and this may be much easier to work with until you get the "feel" for it.

Once you really get the hang of it, you could try wet into wet paint sponging using your two colors. When both are done at the same time, you can really create some soft edges and a nice transition between each color.

Remember to practice on a sample board first. That way you can do all your experimenting and adjusting to get it perfect!

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