Create a modern sponge accent wall out of paint instead of wallpaper.
Love the look of wallpaper, but not the application or removal? You can create a fun modern design on your walls with a simple kitchen sponge and paint. No wallpaper needed! Learn how to easily paint a DIY sponge wall with this easy tutorial.
Supplies for DIY Sponge Wall
- Black latex paint in satin
- 5 rectangular sponges
- Paper plates or a paint tray
- Drop cloth
- Tape measure
- Damp rag
- Ladder or step stool to reach high ceiling areas
How to Paint a Modern DIY Sponge Wall
You'll want to have white paint as the base coat on your wall for this tutorial. I used black paint for the wall color accents, but you can also use whatever darker paint you have that ties in to your room design.
To begin, pour paint onto a paper plate or in a paint tray. Gently push your sponge into the paint and pat off excess paint on the plate. You want a good amount of paint, but not too much paint that is runs down the wall.
No special sponge painting technique is needed for applying paint to the wall. Simply get paint on the sponge and push onto the wall horizontally to make your first line (if this is the pattern you choose). I used the sponge thickness to determine where to place my first line, ½ inch from the baseboard.
Spacing in Between Lines
Before making your second sponge line, make sure you know where to space it. The lines are approximately ½ inch apart. An easy way to do this is by measuring with a clean extra sponge as you go.
Use a full sponge length in between each grouping of sponges. From the top as well as the side.
Continue Pattern Until Finished
Once these 3 groups are established, continue the pattern to the end of the wall. I prefer my lines to have a slightly imperfect look so I painted by sight instead of exact measurements each time.
This is a forgiving sponge painting project where lines don't have to be perfect. However, for best results it is still a great idea to pull out a tape measure every so often to make sure your lines are staying as straight as possible.
Make sure to have a damp rag on hand to clean up runs. There were a few times where my grouping was a little off. A great way to help with this is by quickly wiping it off with the wet rag and then try again.
Little Buddy even jumped in to help a little bit with the sponging. If you do not mind that every line isn't precise, this is a fun project for kids to help with that still produces a good result.
Make sure to keep your measurements the same as you work your way around the room or just complete a whole wall. Allow plenty of time for the paint to dry.
Cost Effective DIY Sponge Wall
This painting technique looks like modern wallpaper at only a fraction of the price! This inexpensive way only cost me $10. I used leftover paint I already had in the garage from another project.
Other Fun Designs
The best part of painting a DIY sponge wall is that this style is very versatile on a plain wall. Change up the design to create other fun patterns.
- Change the color choices using extra paint on hand
- Use a herringbone pattern
- Diagonal lines instead of horizontal
- Vertical lines
- Use a small piece of sponge instead of the whole thing
- Experiment with a small brush or sponge paint roller instead of a kitchen sponge
Decorating a Small Bathroom
Don't clutter a small space with needless trinkets. Instead use accessories you would put in the room as the decor. And of course it's a good idea to add something fun to the walls.
Embellishing a bathroom with hardware is one of the easiest ways to bring in more design elements. We opted for sleek black accents in hardware to convey that modern look in this black and white bathroom.
Shop Bathroom Gadgets
- Peel and stick shower hooks
- Silicone back scrubber
- Silicone body scrubber
- Motion sensor garbage can
- White bath mat
- Black Squeegee
- Motion sensor toilet bowl light
Easily change the look of an entire wall with this thrifty DIY sponge painting. Achieve a sophisticated wall accent that will change the look of your home from traditional to modern and sleek.
Get more ideas on small bathroom remodels with a big impact here.
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