How to Repair Drywall

by Karianne WoodMay 11, 2017

Have you ever had a wall that looked like this? Yikes. You moved pictures from one place to another and left a hole in the wall that looks like this. You roll your eyes and shrug your shoulders and wonder if it can ever be fixed? Or how to fix it yourself? Good news. It’s a relatively simple fix to repair holes like this in your wall.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to repair drywall

1. Sand


Begin the repair by sanding the area and the holes that need repair. Start sanding with a coarse sandpaper (approximately 80 grit) and sand off edges of the holes until they are flat with the surface of the wall. Finish sanding the area with a finer sandpaper like (approximately 220 grit) until the surface of the wall is smooth. Make sure there aren’t any rough edges left. Edges around the holes can affect the wall surface after it’s repaired.

Add spackle


Next, fill the in the holes with spackle. Using a trowel, apply the spackle on the surface of the wall. Make sure spackle is applied into the holes and that each of the holes is completely covered. Then, scrape most of the spackle off, leaving a thin layer of spackle.

Let dry. Sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper (approximately 220 grit).

Add another layer of putty


After you’ve added the first layer of spackle, many times you’ll need to apply another coat to ensure the wall surface is smooth. Add another layer of spackle, scrape off leaving a thin layer of spackle. Let the spackle dry and then sand again.

Repeat this step until the wall surface is smooth and ready to be painted.

Prime and paint


Now your surface is ready to be painted. Paint a coat of primer over the section of the wall where the drywall repair has been repaired. Let primer dry and then paint the repaired area with a coat of paint.

Quick tip: When you paint a room, purchase a small paint touch-up applicator and fill it with the exact paint you used to paint the room with. This ensures that you have an exact color match when you need to touch-up drywall repairs like this.

Gone are unsightly holes, scrapes and dents in the wall. Fixing drywall is a simple repair that takes about 30 minutes to complete (not including drying time). With these simple directions, your walls will look as good as new.

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Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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