Create an Accent Wall...using a Sponge!

by Paige
5 Materials
2 Hours

Accent walls are always fun to have, but are not always cost friendly. Luckily, if you have some extra paint on hand and a sponge, you can create your own for nothing!


Supplies you will need:

-Extra paint just lying around or you can buy a small sample of paint for $4

-A sponge

-(Optional) A template

*You do not need a template for this project! I have done a sponge wall free handed, a sponge wall using cardboard as a guide and now a sponge wall with a template I created. It is completely your call on if the design in your head needs a template/guide or not.

-(Optional) Painters tape, if using a template like I am.

-(Optional) Small level, if using a template/guide of some sort to help keep things straight/in line.

Grab your template/guide (if you are using one), and lightly tape it onto the wall. Grab your level and adjust it as needed. Once it is level, secure the tape more.

Now, using either the long side or short end of your sponge, lightly dab it into your paint. Gently wipe off any excess and start stamping that sponge onto the wall LIGHTLY! If you do it too hard with the first few stamps, the paint will be too heavy and bleed. You can stamp a little heavier with each stamp, until it seems there is not enough paint left on the sponge to do more. Then, re-dab your sponge into the paint!

Line up the stencil...

To help keep my pattern as straight as possible, I also would line my template/stencil over the previous sponge stamps I did. That really seemed to help guide me, along with using my level.

Here is even more of a visual of me lining the stencil/template up, over the last section I did, to help guide me on my next set. Once in place, I checked with my level, adjusted where needed and started stamping away again!

*If you are not using a stencil/template/guide, the process may go even quicker for you.

Wall completed!

Continue doing this throughout your wall, until you finish!

It is so fun taking a plain wall and turning it into something that really grabs attention!

Another sponge wall I did...

Here is another design you could do, using a the long side of a sponge, some paint and a cardboard template (if you wanted)!

All I did was found a card board box, cut off a piece, cut off the corners using an exacto knife, and voila-a template/guide! Super easy!

Another option as well!

This sponge wall was created using the main, larger space of the sponge. I found a wallpaper I liked online and went from there! So easy and I absolutely love how this wall turned out!

Using a sponge and some paint-you have endless possibilities on creating some fun, cost effective, accent walls!

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  • Anna Anna on Feb 13, 2021

    Okay, who stopped to take the eye test? 😁

    I've been thinking about this for a while now because I don't like the color in my laundry room. Thanks for the inspiration!

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