Cheap and easy wall fixes

Just for the record, a coat rack should not be used as a swing but if you have an exuberant household member that thinks that is a good idea, this post is for you!

Step 1:  Evaluate the hole

Holes come in 3 varieties:

  • Nail Hole – Easy to fill, you may not even need to paint over it if your wall is whitish.
  • Medium Hole – Usually the result of something being violently ripped off of a wall after it was “Permanently” installed. (Today’s Topic)
  • Large Hole – This type is typically caused by body parts (heads, fists or shoulders), Sports equipment (Medicine balls, baseballs, golf clubs or dumbbells) or other large and heavy items. (Topic for a future post)

Step 2:  INCREASE the hole size

Though it seems counter-intuitive it is important to make sure the hole is clean and that you are down to straight drywall.  If you do not get it to that point you will never be happy with the repair.  Especially in the case of a big dent.  You cannot fill a large dent well unless you do it in 15 steps and have more tools, and want to waste a lot of time.IMG_20130103_203717At the top and left you can see the additional material that must be removed because it is loose.

Step 3:  Assemble your tools

IMG_20130103_203832You won’t need much,

  • a can of spackle (DO NOT USE “Lightweight Spackle” it does not fill anything other than nail holes well)
  • A spackle knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Optional gloves(for wimps) and paper towels (For cleanup)

Step 4:  Fill the hole

IMG_20130105_135825This step is one that requires patience, but not much time.  Depending on the size of hole you may need to fill it and allow to dry several times before it will be at the right level.  Once you have it level sand it with a sanding block.  If the dusts accumulates in a low spot, wipe away the dust and fill one more time.

Step 5:  Sand and Paint

If your paint is an eggshell or flat you may be able to get away without priming, but I would recommend always priming the repair before painting, or plan paint a few coats.  Even if you have the same can of paint it will vary slightly because paint changes as it ages, in the can and on the wall.  I like to use a brush and paint from the inside of the repair out.  As the bristles run out of paint they naturally blend the patch into the surrounding paint.  It is best to just paint to a break point if you have one, but when you do not want to paint the whole wall, blending works pretty well.

IMG_20130109_153454Once the repair is completed you can stop feeling mad at whoever messed up your beautiful wall and move on with your life!  Nothing better than closure.

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