Asked on Apr 22, 2012

Do you guys know, how I can reach this sponge texture on the the wall? which colors should be used?

Sara z
by Sara z
q do you guys know how i can reach this sponge texture on the the wall which colors, painting, wall decor, the colors on the kitchen wall
the colors on the kitchen wall??!!
q do you guys know how i can reach this sponge texture on the the wall which colors, painting, wall decor
q do you guys know how i can reach this sponge texture on the the wall which colors, painting, wall decor
  28 answers
  • 3po3 3po3 on Apr 22, 2012
    It's hard to tell exactly from your photo, but it looks a little like this technique: This Sherwin-Williams site explains how to do it, and what tools you need, etc. You can also look at their other faux finishes if you think it's closer to another one. As far as the colors, you can match the colors in this photo on their website.

  • Susan S Susan S on Apr 22, 2012
    Sara, do you want to know the name of the colors used or the specific technique? This doesn't look like sponge texture but more of a Venetian Plaster look. Generally two shades of paint in the same color family is used and a glaze mixed with both colors to achieve the blending. That's just a brief overview of how it can be done. This appears to be a model home so if you want to know the exact colors you'll probably need to talk to the builder and find out if he has a record of what the designer used.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 23, 2012
    Jeepers creepers that Kitchen is huge...and from a cooks perspective not very user friendly. The "work triangle" (range , sink , fridge) is one of the most poorly designed ones I have ever seen. To go from the stove to the fridge requires a hike around the monster Island....same thing for the main sink or to use the ovens. This kitchen seems to be more of a "show off" project rather than an actual "use" kitchen. The granite and colors are nice but the layout is the pits.

  • Donna McCrummen Donna McCrummen on Apr 23, 2012
    I agree with KMS form should follow function. The golden rule.

  • 3po3 3po3 on Apr 23, 2012
    KMS, you make me feel so much better about my small but functional kitchen.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 23, 2012
    I've been in my home for near 20 years...and have a modest kitchen. In our plan for our "retirement " home at our ranch the Kitchen will only see a very minor change. ( add a small work space near the range, my current range only has space on one side) bigger is not always better.

  • Susan S Susan S on Apr 23, 2012
    @KMS & Shabby Daze - Ah hem . . . . . . . .with all due respect kids, she was ONLY asking about either the color or technique used on the far wall (am not sure which, the post was a little unclear) but I agree completely, the form & function seem to be seriously lacking here. However, I don't think this is even her kitchen - looks more like a model to me.

  • Exact color recipes are usually developed on site. This is so we can take into consideration all of the colors that are in the space, the lighting, etc. I rarely use paint mixed with glaze because you loose so much of the depth of colors and your "open time" is reduced. That is where you end up with snake lines and overlaps. Instead, a tinted glaze will yield a softer and more sophisticated appearance because of the way it can be manipulated.

  • Hudson Designs Hudson Designs on Apr 24, 2012
    Do you have a close up please? It could be one of a few technique but from the shot it's hard to say.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 24, 2012
    I'd say...pick up some sponges, some test colors and have at it on some scraps of drywall. Once you hone your skills and get your colors dialed in then you can do your kitchen.

  • Leslie D Leslie D on Apr 24, 2012
    Is the original question asking how to "reach" the area to paint over the sponge painting? It looks as though there are lower cabinets/wine fridge/upper cabinets in the way, making it difficult to reach with a ladder in several areas. I think perhaps they were asking for color suggestions for painting over it, as well? The question just isn't clear.

  • Jan T Jan T on Apr 24, 2012
    She has to mean "recreate" And you're right, I think its a model kitchen she wants to copy the idea from. I could only wish for a kitchen this big!

  • Sara z Sara z on Apr 24, 2012
    thank you so much guys. this is not my kitchen I just saw the picture and I liked the wall texture which is in the kitchen is much smaller that this.

  • Sara z Sara z on Apr 24, 2012
    Ms.Lesslie and Jan thanks for your replys. yes .my question was about the color in the wall.soory, if my picture was not clear.!!!

  • Sara z Sara z on Apr 24, 2012
    I add some more pictures. in my opinion ,these are really beautiful,I wish I could recognize what colors were used ??

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 24, 2012
    You first have to do the venetian plaster, then add the gold base and the other colors after each one is dry. Check LOWE'S or HOME DEPOT....

  • Kathy M Kathy M on Apr 24, 2012
    Personally, I don't think it's sponge technique but rather "Rag Roll" technique or paper towel technique. It looks like three colors to me, red, yellow, and possibly blue.

  • Mark M Mark M on Apr 24, 2012
    Go to home depot and ask the person that works in the paint department.

  • Veronica Veronica on Apr 24, 2012
    You can use a plastic bag to get the crackle look. But I like rag on rag off affect.

  • Linda J Linda J on Apr 24, 2012
    There are several products to get this type of finish. Aqua Finishing Solutions is an excellent resource. Aqua stone is a pretty permant application which then would need to be sealed and glazed with about 3 different glazes-- blending, mixing, etc. Worth the money, I've worked with it many times. Google them. You can also get texture with drywall joint compound but it isn't as durable.... Another thought is, " Are you sure you want that texture in your kitchen?" Grease, smoke, etc, etc... jus sayin.' I used a flat wall with a 3 color glaze to get an old world look in my kitchen without the nooks and crevises of the texture. The colors you could use are ocre, burnt sienna and a dark brown. start with a medium yellow or gold base. Pounce, blend and think about where the old "mildew stains would really be (cause that is what the dark really is portraying.... lol nice thought!

  • Tina L Tina L on Apr 24, 2012
    Boy howdy, that kitchen has a ton of money thrown into it. The wall finish was prohibitively expensive. If you've got regular old drywall I can tell you how to go about getting a similar finish without skim coating in plaster and adding all the texture. First off; go to a real paint store, (not a box store) do you have Miller Paint? I've faux finished every home I've owned, it's time consuming and requires some technique......deglaze walls to be painted with TSP and absolutely remove every bit of dust and haze with a non-oiled tac cloth. Prep is essential, apply joint compound over nail pops and holes and sand it out. Clean it up again with tac cloth and vacum the crap out of it with a soft bristled vacum attachment. Apply primer, (either or acrylic or oil based depending on how you'll approach your wall color and glazes, oil is always a better choice albeit higher voc's and dry time. You'll have to choose your wall color and your glaze tints; both are available in acrylic or oil. I've used Ralph Lauren glazes which are acrylic and it's fine but even after six months of curing they are still easy to damage. Roll on field color with 8" roller with appropriate nap for your wall texture (should be a smooth wall and if it is 1/4" nap on a DOVE brand roller is good). Allow more than ample dry time or you'll end up with a tacky mess. The paint may say you can recoat in 8 hours but hold of and wait 24 to 48 hours. This faux finish can somewhat be accomplished with a soft stipple brush and two glaze colors or a really saturated small rag or natural sea sponge and two glaze colors. Work in small irregular drifts so you won't end up with defined lines on the wall. Be prepared to do one entire wall in one glaze color at a time, it's important not to stop mid-wall. Corners where walls meet are a challenge, it's a good idea to practice before you attempt the real wall or room. Absolutely frog tape everything that you won't be painting; baseboard, window trim, etc. Box stores will sell you products that they swear will work, Behr, etc. They're all substandard products, their pigments are horrible and the body of their paint is ridiculously thin. Parker Paint is a decent alternative but don't put all the time in on this finish with inferior paint products, spend the $45/gallon on the paint (glaze is more) and buy good brushes, etc. and you'll get a much better result. I've attached a photo of a room I just faux finished. It's a close second to the photo you posted and far more reasonable for a diy'er. I used small bits of really good cheese cloth but you could easily use clean white tee shirts (without the seams). If you do pull out the big guns and use plaster Modern Masters is the manufacturer to use....they're online if you don't have a local resource. Have fun!

  • Toe Toe on Apr 24, 2012
    I did something similar to this. I put the darkest color on first, then followed with the closest color to that, etc, to the lightest on top. I used sponges and feather dusters. I practiced on my closet walls to get the look I wanted. That worked pretty well. It had a lot of texture and I loved it.

  • Debi M Debi M on Apr 24, 2012
    I also did this technique. I used three coats of paint. The dark coat I rolled on, The next coat I used a sea sponge on, which was a medium coat. The third coat was a lighter coat and I used shaped sponges on (southwest design) This technique is quite fun to do, just a little time all worthwhile projects

  • This is at least a 4 layer finish with different texture products with varying aggregates. . . each tinted a specific color and then over glazed. Part of what gives the look is the trowel technique that is used on each layer. Venetian plaster products may have been used to create the texture. But TRUE venetian plaster is perfectly slick and glossy. It is made of ground marble dust that is compressed by hand burnishing. . . VERY labor intensive. Many people make the mistake of referring to anything with texture as venetian plaster. That does not mean that texture is a bad thing. . . it is just a clarification of terms. Here is an example of a true venetian plaster with multiple translucent colors. When you run your hand across it, it is perfectly smooth. I would be happy to help you achieve this look. Give me a call.

  • I used cheese cloth to rag paint my kitchen, and sea sponge in the dining room. Colors look like mainly yellow ochre, raw sienna, a buttery yellow with maybe white over part, maybe a bit of burnt sienna or crimson toned way down, Crimson comes out much stronger than many colors. For the grey, raw umber mixed with colbalt blue or ultramarine & white. I use about 2 colors of wall paint as a base coat, then go in with my artist acrylic paints and brushes and rags. I do a combo of painting over dry coats and wet to blend. Finish with brushes to get the exact look and detailing. Sometimes I lightly blot with a rag or fan brush to soften. I probably make it sound way harder than it actually is, but with my art degree, this is how my brain works to make it look like an old world rock wall. In the dining room, I used 3 sponges for 3 shades of green and that was it.

  • Sara z Sara z on Apr 25, 2012
    thanks,it definitely would be a good idea.

  • I just installed a flagstone walkway for a client with colors similar to the painted wall picture you posted. I'll post pictures right after the granite dust is dry and swept off.