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Sponge Painting in the Bathroom Adds Class and Luxury

January 25, 2007 by  
Filed under Bathrooms, Decorating, Painting

Sponge painting in the bathroom can make your bathroom the most stylish room in the house! Although vanities, decors and fixtures are the most common decorative elements in the bathroom, most people fail to realize that the wall is the most important part of any interior decorating scheme.

Sponge painting your bathroom wall is an effective way to add color and texture without too much work or spending a lot of money.

Sponge painting in bathrooms is relatively difficult especially if you are remodeling because the fixtures are already installed, however, with proper planning and a little caution, you can give your bathroom a totally different look with sponge painting.

Therefore, make sure you do not use the bathroom for a few days and remind the whole family not to take a shower or run hot water for at least a day or two before your sponge painting in the bathroom starts.

Materials You Need:
Paint Tray, Paint Roller Brush and Liner

Natural Sea Sponge


Masking Tape


Stirring Stick

Rubber Gloves

Base Paint

Top Coat Paint and Faux Glaze

How to Sponge Paint

Make sure that the bathroom walls are clean and dry before your start. Sponging adds texture and depth to walls. It is recommended that you practice this technique with your color choices on a piece of board before applying it to the walls.

Tape all fixtures, joints, light switches, sockets, intersection points of cabinets and walls in the bathroom. Paint the walls of your bathroom with the base paint color of your choice such as with a flat, eggshell, satin or semi-gloss finish.

Carefully mix 1 part of your top coat paint with 4 parts of faux glaze in a bucket. The more glaze you add, the more transparent the top coat will be and vice versa.

Dip the natural sea sponge into the bucket of glaze and blot or wipe the excess off with a rag.

Start by lightly pressing the sponge into the corners, lightly dab the sponge on the wall in a random pattern, leaving a thin coat of glaze on the surface of the under coat of paint.

Do not press down too hard, or you will get too much glaze on the surface.

Roll the sponge over the surface to achieve a random appearance.

When the glaze on the sponge is depleted, dip it again in your paint mixture. Work on a small area at a time and remember to keep the edge of the painted area damp.

Make sure you complete one whole wall and never leave it unfinished for the day.

Use small pieces of sponge to touch up small areas and to create a consistent but random finish.


For a lighter look, choose a glaze color that is lighter than the base coat.

Choose a base coat and glaze color that are closely matched in intensity and tone.

Avoid too much contrast.

Use a natural sea sponge instead of a synthetic sponge.

Do not dunk the whole sponge in the paint/glaze mixture.

Begin sponging in the corners and work your way out.

Always keep the wall and the sponge damp.

Sponge painting in bathrooms is easy and allows you to achieve many decorative effects that everybody will admire. The most important part is deciding what kind of effect you want.


One Response to “Sponge Painting in the Bathroom Adds Class and Luxury”
  1. James Garcia says:

    light switches should be made from oxygen free copper so that they last longer.`~

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