How to Properly Repair a Small Hole in Drywall

How to Properly Repair a Small Hole in Drywall


Hey there. Emily Farber with Lepic-Kroeger, Realtors®. Thanks for joining me. Today we’re going to tackle a simple
do-it-yourself project that anybody can handle. Come on! Welcome to my kids
bathroom. So, today’s project is all about filling wall holes. I see a lot of filled
holes in houses that I show to clients, and I can tell you that it’s often not
done well. We just moved into this house a few months ago. There’s a lot of small
projects that still need to be done, one of which, is here in the kids bathroom.
The previous owners had hooks hanging on the wall. For whatever reason they
decided to rip those hooks over the wall when they left, and that left me with
three holes in my wall. I could just patch them but if you don’t do your
patches carefully they always stand out like a sore thumb. So, I’m going to show
you how to do it right. It’s not hard. There’s a few extra steps and a lot of
times people just don’t do it right. This is how. You don’t need a lot of tools or
equipment for this project, you just need some spackling compound, a putty knife,
some wall texturizing spray, a piece of cardboard and some sandpaper or a
sanding block. The first thing I’m going to do is take
my spackling compound and my putty knife and fill in those holes in the
wall. This particular spackle starts out pink
and turns to white when it’s done. Once it’s done I’m going to sand down the
edges and get rid of any excess. So, as you can see, it’s starting to turn from
pink to white. While I wait for that process to finish I’m going to figure
out what level of texture I need to match my walls. Now, this is where a lot
of people actually go wrong. They don’t texturize or they texturize
improperly. You might think your walls are smooth, but chances are, they’re not.
So, take a close look at them, notice how they feel and how they look. A lot of
walls have a texture that’s called orange peel on them. So, your can of
texturizing spray should be able to do a variety of different textures– from fine
a heavy– pro tip here: don’t just go spraying the wall or you’re gonna end up
wiping a lot of it off. What you want to do is go get yourself a piece of old
cardboard so you can experiment and figure out the right level of spray to
get close to matching your wall. On the back of this spray can here there’s this
little tab, and in the directions it should tell you which way you need to
turn this tab for fine, medium or heavy spray. I’m feeling like my wall is
probably between a fine and medium texture. Give it a good shake. Obviously I was too close– I’m gonna end
up with a giant spit wad on my wall! I’m gonna back that can up a little. Alright, alright, that looks better.
So, I need to be about 18 inches off the cardboard. I’m satisfied. Now I know I
just have to wait for this to finish drying. I’m gonna give it a little sand and
I’ll show you how it works. Alright, it’s been a little while. My
three spots are getting white, so now I’m gonna sand. I happen to have a sanding
block but a fine gauge sandpaper should work the same. All you’re really doing is
knocking down the edges so that it’s a seamless transition from patch to wall. Blow the dust off and you’re ready to
spray the texturizing stuff on the wall. So, be sure to cover up any areas that
you don’t want any overspray to get on. I’m just using an old rag. Here goes
nothing! Remember, this isn’t the end of the world. If you don’t like, it you can
wipe it off before it dries. Eighteen inches… Spray a little bit around where you’re
going so that it blends out into the existing wall. All right, I think it looks
good! I just need to wait for this to dry, and then I can paint it to match the rest
of the wall, but that’s another project for another day. Thanks for watching I
hope you enjoyed my video and if you have any hosts to patch in your walls now
you know the right way to do it. It’s not hard–there’s just a few extra steps. I
put videos out every Friday, “Free advice Friday” is what I like to call it. They
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8 thoughts on “How to Properly Repair a Small Hole in Drywall

  1. I’ve never tried the spray before. I have bought little stickers that are texturized and they don’t ever seem to stay adhered to the wall. This seems like a much better idea!

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