Giving the existing décor a boost does not need to take a lot of time or cost much money. You can give a room an entirely new look simply by focusing on the walls. A wall border adds pizzazz to plain walls and the sponge paint technique is one of the easiest and cheapest methods.
You Will Need:
- Acrylic paint (one or more coordinating colors as desired)
- Kitchen sponges
- Felt-tipped pen
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Pie plate
- Masking tape
Step 1: Identify the area of the wall where the border will be located. Make sure the colors of paint you have selected match the color of the wall and go well with each other. For a simple border, use just one color. Use two shades of the same color or two complementary colors if you want a base color on the border.
Step 2: Using the ruler or tape measure, plot the width of the border, marking the desired height on the wall using the chalk. Connect the markings using the ruler or tape measure. This results in a full outline of the border on all walls.
Step 3: Frame the border using the masking tape. This prevents you from getting acrylic paint outside the border dimensions.
Step 4: Determine how you will use the sponge. You can leave it as-is, letting the pores form a dotted design or you can cut the sponge into a shape such as a heart, leaf, or animal. If you will be cutting the sponge, wet it, rinse it, wring out the water, and squeeze it into a dry towel. Use the felt-tipped pen to create the design. Cut around the design with scissors so the design stands out as it would on a stamp.
Step 5: If you are using more than one color, paint the base coat for the border area using the paintbrush. Allow this to dry.
Step 6: Pour the acrylic paint for the sponging process into the pie plate. Dip the sponge into the paint to evenly cover the appropriate side. Apply the sponge to the wall. Repeat as desired until the entire border is created.