Sponge Accent Wall... Yes, You Read That Correctly!

5 Materials
1 Hour

Have a boring, plain wall in your home? Make it a beautiful accent wall in no time! This project uses minimal effort with maximum effect!


Gather Your Materials

  • Sponge
  • Paint (I used Night Watch by PPG)
  • Scissors
  • Tray for the paint

This step is not necessary if you already have a color on the wall you like. If not though paint the wall in color of choice.

Cut Sponge
Cut Sponge

Cut the corners of the sponge so it's not so square. If you want more square, just leave the sponge as is.

Stamp with the Sponge
Stamp with the Sponge

Pour paint into a container where you can dip the sponge in completely flat. It doesn't not take much paint, so don't pour too much. Dip the sponge into the paint and scrap on the side of the container any excess paint. You really don't want much on there, less is better to start. You can always stamp over if you want it darker.

Get to Stamping

In a straight line, simply stamp the sponge onto the wall. You can spread each "stamp" out as much as you'd like. I did 3-4 stamps before re-dipping into the paint.

For spots around something, (sink, mirror, toilet, light, etc.) I grabbed another sponge, my pack came with three, and cut the length that would fit around the area. In the smaller, tighter areas (behind the sink and toilet) I used a piece about 1-2 inches long and just make the length with that smaller piece.

DIY Sponge Painted Accent Wall

The beautiful after shot of our bathroom!

Now you're all done and have a beautiful, wallpaper-like accent wall in your home! :)

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 15 questions
  • Kaylie
    on Nov 7, 2019

    Loved this so much we just did it in our laundry room!

    • Kimberly
      on Jan 26, 2020

      Carlene I think that would be cute idea for a kids bathroom!!

  • Joyce B
    Joyce B
    on Jan 26, 2020

    It looks amazing! Did you alternate the position of the sponge - as in, turning it 180 degrees, so it wouldn't have a uniform look? The old-style sponge painting instructed to turn the sponge to avoid repetition but it might have worked in your favor on this project.

    • Ashleigh Sommer
      Ashleigh Sommer
      on Jan 26, 2020

      Thank you! I did not! For every time I dipped into paint I sponged on the wall 3-5 times before re-dipping. Therefore as I went each one had less and less paint resulting each stamp to look different. If you wanted to differentiate between each stamp you definitely could rotate your sponge or even use two that you slightly cut differently! It’s just all personal preference :)

  • Toni
    on May 12, 2020

    What size sponge did you use? (Thickness wise) I did this recently and didn't care for the look, my sponge lines were skinny, but I love this look and you're sponge lines seem thicker than mine were.

    • Ashleigh Sommer
      Ashleigh Sommer
      on May 13, 2020

      Not sure what the thickness is, I just used whatever set of sponges I could find. I purchased these from Walmart, I think they came in a 4 pack.

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  • Lisa Fauerbach
    Lisa Fauerbach
    on Mar 19, 2021

    I thought sponge paint was over in the 90’s but I REALLY LOVE THIS!!!

    • Em
      on Apr 1, 2021

      Nothing is "over" as long as you like it.

  • Em
    on Apr 1, 2021

    I like the texture you got with the holes from the sponge.

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