Step 2: Sponge on the First Top-Coat Color

Sponge second-coat on interior wall paint
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Once the base coat is dry, mix equal parts glaze and a top-coat color. Mask off any areas you don't want to sponge. Wet a large sea sponge, wring it out, and dip it in the glaze. Squeeze out any excess and use the loaded sponge to cut in at the top left corner of the wall. Continue, patting it against the wall in a random pattern, working out from the corner, top to bottom. The glaze should go on thick and textured but shouldn't drip. The base coat color should still come through.

Paint: Behr's Wine Barrel
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      Large natural sea sponge.

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    Latex paint in three colors: a semigloss base coat and two colors in eggshell or matte to layer on top. Since the top coats get mixed with glaze, get about half as much of these colors as you would need to paint the whole room.

    Clear acrylic latex glaze to create top coats with extended working time