Finishing Your Basement

Sponge Paint Your Living Room's Walls To Add Texture And Color

If you would like to add texture and color to plain white latex-painted walls in your living room, the following project describes how to clean, prep, and sponge paint the walls. The finished project will provide the room with a unique appearance that will complement furnishings and decor that are in the room. 


  • non-abrasive cleaning agent
  • lint-free cloths
  • bucket of warm water
  • painter's tape
  • vinyl tarps
  • cans of latex paint
  • wooden stirring stick
  • paint tray
  • sea sponge
  • scissors
  • step ladder 

​Clean The Walls And Cover Fixtures, Molding, And Flooring

Dampen a lint-free cloth with a non-abrasive cleaning agent before wiping the cloth over dirty portions of each wall. Use a clean cloth that has been dampened with warm water to remove traces of the cleaning agent. Wait for the walls to dry. Use strips of painter's tape to cover light fixtures and molding that are on or next to the walls. Lay a few vinyl drop cloths across the living room floor to protect the floor from paint spills.

Use A Sea Sponge To Apply Latex Paint

Stir latex paint for a minute or two before pouring it into a paint tray. Coat one side of a sea sponge by dipping it into the tray. If the sponge is large, use a pair of scissors to cut it before coating it with paint. Beginning in one corner of one of the walls, repeatedly press the painted side of the sponge against the wall in various spots. Apply more paint to the sponge as needed. Place a step ladder near the wall and climb it when you would like to apply paint to the top portion of the wall.

Try to use consistent pressure when applying paint to the wall, but do not press the sponge too much because it could cause paint to drip down parts of the wall. Add paint to the remaining walls in the same manner. If you decide that you would like to add multiple colors of paint to each wall, wait for the first color of paint to dry thoroughly before applying the second color. 

Remove Strips Of Tape And Care For The Walls

Carefully peel the strips of painter's tape from each wall after you have allowed plenty of time for the paint to dry. Care for the sponge-painted walls by occasionally cleaning them with soft cloths that have a non-abrasive cleaning agent applied to them. 

​If all else fails, calling in the professionals never hurts.