How to Fix a Hole in the Wall How to Fix a Hole in the Wall

What You'll Need
Wall hole patch
Spray bottle with water
Putty knife
Drywall patching compound
Paper towels or rags
Broom or vacuum
Wall texture spray
Plastic or newspaper for floor
Touch-up paint
Paint brush

Chances are that at some point, we all have to deal with a hole or two in the walls of our homes. Fixing a hole in the wall does require some skill and the job will take a few days to complete due to the nature of the repair. But by following the simple steps outlined below, you can have the hole fixed and your wall looking great again.

Before you begin, gather all the tools you need, which are listed on our tools and materials list. Also, wear clothes that you're willing to get paint and drywall compound on because no matter how careful you may be, you will get paint and drywall compound on both yourself and your clothes.

Step 1 - Preparation

First, any loose drywall that's attached to the edges of the hole must be removed. Pull off any pieces of drywall that may be connected to the edges of the hole. Using the sandpaper, sand the edges around the hole to create a smooth, clean surface.

Step 2 - Apply the Wall Hole Patch

Remove the paper backing from the sticky side of the wall patch. The sticky side attaches to the edges of the hole. Leave at least a 1/2" on each side of the hole. Use your hand to apply the patch smoothly.

Sometimes, the patch will not stick on its own. Wet the patch with a spray bottle filled with water or use a wet sponge. You can also apply a small amount of drywall compound around the edges of the hole and then apply the patch.

Step 3 - Apply Drywall Compound

Someone using a putty knife on a wall.

Apply drywall compound liberally with a putty knife around the edges. Work the compound away from the middle of the hole patch. All edges should be covered with the drywall compound. Let the compound dry for 15-20 minutes before applying the compound to the rest of the patch. This will keep the patch from moving while you apply the compound to the center of the hole patch.

Apply drywall compound to the center of the hole, working your way out until the entire patch is covered with the compound. Apply the compound liberally and smooth it out as much as you can. Do not worry about being perfect here because sanding later will remove any imperfections you may have. Let the compound dry overnight.

Step 4 - Sanding

Someone using sandpaper on a white wall.

Using the sandpaper, smooth out the compound, taking special care that the edges are even with the rest of the wall. Take a paper towel or wet cloth and wipe the area down. Let dry for 10-15 minutes. It's normal for the repaired area to be slightly raised from the rest of the wall due to the way the hole is being repaired. Sweep or vacuum any loose drywall dust.

Step 5 - Texture Spray

Follow the instructions on the wall texture spray. Most texture sprays need to be shaken for a minute before application and a knob must be turned to adjust the thickness of the texture. Hold the bottle a foot away from the area and spray the wall texture lightly to cover the entire area. Allow the texture to dry overnight.

Step 6 - Painting

Before you begin to paint, cover the surrounding floor with plastic or newspaper. It's easy to drip or spill paint, which is very difficult to remove from carpet.

For your touch-up paint, find the closest mach to the wall color. If possible, contact the property manager, person, or company that painted your home to get the code for the color of paint. You can also take a picture of the wall and take it with you to the hardware store and they will be able to match the color.

Use the paint brush and matching paint to cover the entire area that's been repaired. Make sure the entire repair is covered. Allow the paint to dry for at least six hours. Inspect the area for any missed spots or discoloration. Touch-up any errors you see.

Final Clean-Up

Replace the lid to the paint can and secure tightly. Clean the paint brush with warm water. Dispose of the plastic or newspaper from the floor, and hope you never have to repair a hole in the wall again!

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