Sponge painting is certainly not a new idea, but faux finishes in general continue to grow in popularity. It seems that there is a constant flow of new or updated techniques designed to bring the latest look in wall décor to your home.
The problem is that some of the techniques require a little more skill and time than some are willing to invest. While you may be hesitant to attempt some of the more elaborate faux finishes, sponge painting remains one of the simplest ways to add some visual interest to your walls.
There are several ways that you can use sponge painting to create a faux finish,
and below are two of the simplest ideas. Both ideas involve the use of glaze, and the
techniques below can be completed by anyone – no special skills required!
Before applying the faux finish, be sure to properly prep your walls.
·        Wash walls by wiping with a damp sponge. When dry, wipe with a lint free
cloth to remove stray particles.
·        Tape off all areas that you don’t want to get paint on such as molding and
window frames. Be sure to use a high quality painter’s tape so that you won’t
remove the finish from areas that have been taped.
·        If you are applying a color that is lighter than the current wall color, you will need to apply at least one coat of good quality primer. Even if that isn’t the case, you may consider applying primer so that the new paint will have a fresh foundation.
Once you have prepped your walls, you are ready to start. Glazing can be completed in any color you choose, so there are no limits on your creativity. This technique is simply a coat of glazing applied over a base coat to achieve a faux finish.