Revamp With a Stamp
Take a blank wall in a new direction with this easy DIY technique
Say the words sponge painting and most people think of the faux finish that was popular in the 1980s. Back then, homeowners sponged walls and even whole rooms to resemble peachy Tuscan villas, but the same basic technique can be used to deliver a fresh new look. Here, inexpensive sponges are cleverly deployed as stamps. Cut into triangles in two sizes, dipped in paint, and applied to the wall, they leave an imprint that suggests a primitive arrowhead. Stacked in vertical rows, they create a pattern with movement and energy.
While methodical painters can map out a perfectly repeating pattern, freer spirits can wing it, as we did here. It’s a foolproof paint method—even for the shaky-handed. Varying the pressure masks mistakes and lends an appealing block-printed look. In other words, imperfections become part of the charm. Think of it as a quick fix for plain walls when you don’t have the patience for stencils or the budget for wallpaper—an idea that gets our stamp of approval.
Shown: Behr’s Tate Olive and Rainforest Dew.