Not a weekend goes by when I’m not painting these days, and I have another super easy (and cheap!) DIY that I just finished this past weekend. Remember that Faux Wallpaper Dot Wall I did a few months ago? Well instead of a paintbrush, I used an old dish sponge. Yup, you read that correctly. There are all kinds of different sponge techniques that you can play around with, and below is the one I chose to use this weekend.
This is what you’ll need:
- Paint (I used Blackest by Clare Paint)
- Painter’s Tape
- Dish sponge
- Paint tray, or small disposable container (I used a small tupperware)
- scratch paper
- Drop cloth
(I know this sounds like a lot, but it’s not)
Lay out the drop cloth and place the paint and all the materials on top.
Pour a small amount of paint into a tray, or in my case, I used a small tupperware that would fit my sponge. **You will not need much paint AT ALL. My wall was small but I barely used any. If you choose to do a larger wall, I’m confident you won’t need much either.
Cut the corners of the sponge off just to soften the edges.
Place the tape on the wall you want to paint. You can probably measure it, but for me, I eyeball everything. I always aim for straight-ish around here.
Dip the sponge into the paint and be sure to use the extra piece of paper to dab all the excess paint–this is SUPER important because if you don’t, the paint will drip and will not be cute. Trust me, I speak from experience.
Start pressing the sponge on the wall to the left of the tape, and then to the right of the tape in the pattern shown below. It’s ok (and in my opinion looks better) to have some imperfections in size and color. You will see that some of mine are super dark, while others are very faded.
Repeat. I simply moved the tape over, and over, and over, and over…etc.
Enjoy! And embrace the imperfections. What do you think? Small budget, HUGE impact.
It looks WAY better in person, and on video. Be sure to check me out on Instagram if you want the video version of this tutorial. And please, sign up for my email updates below. I promise I won’t spam you. We can be best buds.