Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Patching a Hole / DIY

Here's a quick tutorial on how to patch a hole in a wall.  I can almost guarantee everyone of us will eventually deal with having to make a repair like this sooner or later.  Just remember, once you commit to using an anchor, nails, screws, etc. ~ the hole/holes they make can always be repaired.

Here's what you will need:
  • Hammer
  • Tissue Paper
  • Vinyl Spackling
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint 
  • Clean Cloth
  • 5 in 1 Tool 

First, pound it! ~ Which means, take a hammer and pound the area around the hole that was made with the anchor ~ so as to smooth out the perimeter of the hole where the anchor was removed. 

Next, crumble up a bit of tissue paper and place in the hole.  This will give the spackling something to grab onto.

Then, put some spackling over the tissue paper and smooth it out with a putty knife or a five-in-one tool (my # 1 go to tool ~ find one here). 

Wipe off excess spackling around the perimeter of the hole you are patching with a wet paper towel or cloth.  I generally use a piece of an old t-shirt. 

Allow the spackling adequate time to dry (or cheat like I do and dry it with a blow dryer).

Then apply a second application of the spackling to build up the area ~ repeating the above steps.  When dry (bring out the blow dryer again) you are ready to prime the area (important step).

Apply a coat of primer and allow to dry (or blow dry).

Then apply your first and second coats of paint.   That's it!  People are typically afraid to make holes in walls (especially if you are renting) for fear of not being able to repair them.  Honestly, no fear here!  I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any questions or if this has been helpful to you.  XO ~ Dana


  1. So very helpful! I have several holes to patch and I now know what to do! Would love to see more of your practical how-to's like this one, which are especially helpful for those of us that are a little DIY challenged ... :-) Thanks Dana!

    1. Hey Kelsi ~ Thanks for the comment. I'm happy to know the post was helpful and will certainly take to heart your request for more how-to's. Good luck with the hole patching!

      :) Dana

  2. You are so awesome! I have been stressing about the holes in my apartment.

    1. I'm so happy to hear this post was helpful to you ~ no need to stress! Best of luck on patching those holes.

      :) Dana

  3. can i put an anchor in the same spot later on?

    1. You can try ~ but it is likely that the spot will be weakened and may not be able to hold an anchor. I wish it weren't the case.

      :) Dana


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