DIY Sponge Paint Wall Design

I think I got slightly cocky after I painted the office by myself last weekend. So, my ego decided I could totally tackle the sponge paint an accent wall. I have been seeing people do in their homes. I wanted to wallpaper our bathroom with some bold prints but decided to get thrifty with the leftover Sherwin Williams Repose Gray paint to spice up the powder room.

Well, after almost five hours…I did it! You never realize how “big” a room is until you start painting it. The method and supply list are straightforward, but I will say…It’s not supposed to look 150% perfect. Which, for this Type-A Overachiever, is a hard concept to grasp. I feel that I was doing a good job in the beginning, and then by hour five, I was losing my steam and sanity. I probably should have walked away, but when I start something, I have to finish it. I also required all the verbal validation, so my besties assured me it looked good and that I need to feel good about it. Also, now that I spent some time outside of the 6-foot by 2-foot room on this lovely Sunday, I am happy with the results!

What you need to do it yourself!

The Details

  1. Open paint can and mix it well using a wooden stick or another device to mix the paint.
  2. Pour a small amount of stirred paint into the Handy Paint Cup. This will make it easier to pour the paint onto a paper plate!
  3. Open sponges and cut the ends of them into small angles. You do NOT have to do this, but it will look more like a very rigid straight line and I like that my edges were more rounded.
  4. Dip the sponge onto the plate and dab excess paint off on either the same plate or another paper plate
  5. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down. I found this was the easiest way to get the spacing correct. I did a row at a time horizontally and would then restart when the line was complete.
  6. Keep going until you finish your wall or room.

If I can do this, YOU can do this! My handwriting is terrible. I am not the craftiest kid in the class. My mom still has my elementary school art projects, and they are cringe-worthy. CRINGE worthy people. I genuinely figured there would be more too this DIY, but there really isn’t! I hope some of you try it and show me the finished product!



What do you guys think? I am excited to hear your thoughts!

4 thoughts on “DIY Sponge Paint Wall Design

  1. I love this!! It’s a great alternative to wallpaper! Have you wallpapered? I feel like maybe I’d get less frustrated by doing something like this… but I’m also a perfectionist 😆

    1. Hi Aliya! Thank you for your kind words! I felt the same way. I SO wanted to wallpaper this room but decided to just some extra paint I had leftover from finishing another room.

      I FEEL YOU! The perfectionist in me is still unsure but the more I look at it, the more I like it! The great thing is, you hate it, you can paint over it! If I can do it, YOU can. Trust me!

  2. This looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to paint my pantry and I thought about putting wallpaper just on the back wall, but I love your idea much better! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. Michelle! Thank you for your kind words. I think this would be GREAT to do in our pantry on the back wall! If you do it, feel free to share with me the finished product. I love seeing people’s DIYs! Happy projecting 🙂

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