DIY: How to Patch a Drywall Hole

Posted on: 2014-02-06


No matter how the hole wound up in your drywall, you’ll need to patch it up. If the hole is small enough, for example, the side of a wall hook for a painting or picture frame you can patch it up yourself fairly easily. Here is how to do so:

Clean Up

Start by clearing away any debris (crumbs or chunks of broken drywall). These will get in the way of the patch and can make the end results look lumpy, especially if they get stuck within the patchwork itself. Use a small scraper or even your fingers, depending on the size of the crumbs, to remove them from the wall. In most cases, they are loose and will fall to the ground, so make sure that you have a drop cloth covering that portion of the floor.

Get Out The Putty

Next, take a small tub of drywall putty and place a small amount on a drywall trowel. Smear it on the area where the hole is located, making sure to get some into the hole, as well as on the wall surrounding it. This will not only fill in the hole but allow you to smooth out the area, making the patch look seamless.

Give it Time

Allow the drywall putty to dry completely. This can take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day. Once it is dry, rub the patched area with fine-grained sandpaper in order to smooth it out. Make sure that the rough edges have been buffed away, as well as any tiny remaining lumps and bumps. The wall should be as perfectly smooth as possible.

Sand it Over

Once the area has been patched and sanded, paint over the patch with the same color that you have used for the rest of the wall. If the wall paint is particularly old and the original painted wall has yellowed, you are better off repainting the entire wall. Otherwise, you’ll have one freshly painted area that contradicts quite a bit with the old paint, making the patch that much more obvious.


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