By Regan Mauck @thebloomingnest

When my mom decided she wanted to make her playroom closet into a little nursery for the grandkids, I knew I wanted to help. We wanted to make it feel sweet and complete without doing or spending too much. I knew this would be the perfect place for a sponge accent wall like I had seen in my friend Jess’ home (@carcabaroad). You get the look of wallpaper for a couple of dollars.

We decided to leave the shelf in the closet and use it for baskets and decor. We also chose to only do the sponge wall on the lower portion of the wall.

We started by cutting the shape that we wanted out of the sponge. This took us a couple of tries to get it right. I wanted a shape that resembled a simple flower.

To make it easy, you can also choose to leave the sponge as is and use the long side of it like Jess did in her daughter’s room, in the picture on the right.

photo by Jess Davis

Image by Jess Davis with @carcabaroad

Once we found the shape we liked, we poured some paint onto a paper plate. We used my very favorite paint color, “Pigeon” by Farrow and Ball. We decided to “eye-ball” where to put each flower on the wall rather than measure or use a level. It worked great for us, but we were working in a small space. A large wall may be more difficult to keep straight, so I recommend measuring it out and using a level for your project.

We began placing the sponge on the wall in a pattern until we finished. It was as simple as that, and the room was completely transformed.

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