Sponge-painted interior wall
Steps // How to Sponge Paint a Wall
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Paint the Wall in the Base-Coat Color

 
Step One // How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Paint the Wall in the Base-Coat Color

Base-coat interior wall paint

Cover the wall in the first of the colors you've chosen. This hue will show through the least once it's topped with other glazes, so choose a color that won't dominate.

Paint: Behr's Dark Storm Cloud

 
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Sponge on the First Top-Coat Color

 
Step Two // How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Sponge on the First Top-Coat Color

Sponge second-coat on interior wall paint
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

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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Add the Second Top-Coat Color

 
Step Three // How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Add the Second Top-Coat Color

Sponge second top coat color on interior wall paint
Photo by Wendell T. Webber

For a more faceted treatment, like the rusted-steel look shown here, sponge on a third color after the second dries.

Paint: Behr's Cracked Pepper

 
 

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