Aside from having a merbau decking timber, it has always been your dream to paint your home. Your only concern is that it might take you quite a time to finish the task. For now, you are aiming to repaint your own room. You can make this an exciting project by learning and applying a new technique. Turn a plain-looking space into something that looks fun by learning how to do sponge painting on your wall.
For this task, you will a paint roller, paint tray and liner, the base paint that you will first apply to cover the surface, top coat paint and faux glaze. Work while you are wearing comfortable old clothes and protect your hands with rubber gloves. The design can be achieved with the use of a natural sea sponge.
1. Prepare the walls by removing all items and scraping old loose paint. Once this is done, you can begin applying the base paint. You can use a flat paint with a satin or semi-gloss finish. Make sure that everything is covered. You can use a paint brush instead of a roller to paint the edges and corners.
The drying period depends on the kind of paint that you use. If you want to get the job faster, use a quick-drying paint. This will dry in a matter of minutes and the wall will be ready for your next task.
2. In a big bucket, mix a part of your second top color with four parts of faux glaze. Using less faux glaze will produce a darker color and more of this will create a more transparent coating. Try this first in a small piece of board in order to practice and see how the results will look like.
3. Dip the sponge in the bucket and wipe off the excess to avoid drips. Lightly press the sponge in the corners, and then push it into the surface without following any pattern. Make sure that you don't apply too much force in pressing the sponge on the wall. You wouldn't want to much glaze on your wall.
4. Dip the sponge in your bucket when the glaze is almost gone. It is best to work on smaller areas at a time. The edge of the painted surface must still be wet as you proceed with the task. Use a smaller sponge if you have to re-work certain areas. You will also need this to finish off the corners and other hard to reach areas.
5. Observe what you have done from a distance. You have to make sure that everything looks proportioned by having equal parts of the undercoat and glaze on the surface of the wall.
This technique is easy to do even though you are inexperienced. It will give your wall more depth and texture. You can do the same technique on the walls of the other rooms in the house using different colors for the top coating. Just like with any DIY tasks, practice makes perfect and you will be able to finish faster as you do this often.