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Sponging
What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Paint Roller with 3/8" nap and paint tray
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Painter's tape and drop cloth
  • Practice board (optional)
  • Valspar® Interior Base Coat in desired color
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Glaze
  • Valspar® Signature Colors® Faux Tintable Glaze

 
If you are new to decorative painting, sponging is a great place to start. Sponge on glaze or sponge off glaze to create the custom look perfect for you. To cover a larger area in less time while still delivering beautiful results use a sponge roller in place of the natural sea sponge. To reach tight corners and smaller areas use a corner sponge roller.
 
 
 
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Sponging-On Painting Technique
Step 1. Before you begin, tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply your Valspar® base coat with a roller to the entire surface. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Rinse the natural sea sponge in water to soften it and wring out well. Dip the damp sponge into glaze until saturated; squeeze out and blot excess glaze.
 
Step 3. Lightly pounce the surface with the natural sea sponge, working quickly in small areas so that glaze does not accumulate. Change position of sponge often to keep the finish subtle and natural looking. To reach tight areas, use a smaller sponge.
 
Option: Increase intensity and visual appeal by using two different color glazes in your sponging. Follow the same steps for the sponging on technique. Apply the first color glaze and allow to dry completely. Then sponge on the second color glaze, overlapping the first color as desired.
 
Sponging-Off Painting Technique
Diagram of wall 14' wide by 8' high.
 
Step 3. Rinse the natural sea sponge in water and wring out well. Before glaze dries, dab surface with the damp natural sea sponge, changing the position of the sponge as you work to create a random pattern. Rinse and wring out sponge when it becomes saturated with glaze.
 
Step 1. Before you begin, tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply your Valspar® base coat with a roller to the entire surface. Remove tape and allow to dry completely.
 
Step 2. Reapply tape. Using a roller apply a light, even coat of glaze in a jigsaw-like pattern, making sure each piece is no larger than 2-4 ft. wide (see diagram below). When applying glaze to the next section, butt your roller up to the edge of undisturbed glaze. Be sure there is no overlap of the glaze.
 
Popular Color Combinations
Sponging shown in Valspar base coat: 3008-6C Linen Napkin, Glaze: 6007-3C Withered Moss
 
Sponging shown in Valspar base coat: 3004-10A Cliveden Leather, Glaze: Mocha
 
Sponging shown in Valspar base coat: 2006-6A Mark Twain House Peach, Glaze: 1009-7 Brown Cherry
 
 
Color accuracy will vary based on monitor and printer calibrations. Please visit your local retailer to view actual color samples before making final painting decisions.
 
Tips for Success
 

To cover a larger area in less time while still delivering beautiful results, use a sponge roller in place of the natural sea sponge. To reach tight corners and smaller areas, use a corner sponge roller.

For a longer open working time and higher sheen use Valspar® Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel as a base coat.

Apply the lighter of the two color glazes last to soften the original sponge color.

Choose from our premixed colors or have your glaze color custom-tinted at the paint counter.

Try your technique on a practice board before you try it on the walls.

For a simple transformation or quick update, this technique is easy to paint over. No sanding or stripping of the underlying faux finish is needed. Just apply a topcoat of paint and you're finished!


 
 
 
 
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