Sunday, September 5, 2010

How to Fix a Hole in your Drywall


Hello Dear Readers!

I've decided to share with you what I've been doing this weekend.

Remember when I did THIS? Well, my lovely children thought it was a new toy! Something for them to hide behind, swing on and yank up and down a lot.

One day, I came out to find the curtain rod hanging at a very awkward angle. They had somehow managed to yank the rod, along with a bit of drywall, out of the wall. Big Sigh.



My husband chose this exact moment to walk in the door from work. Let's just say it was not a pleasant evening for my kiddos.

I decided to try and fix this myself. Hubby can do it, but he's so busy with work and whatnot, and I wanted to give it a try.

After browsing around online, watching countless how-to videos and having heavy discussions with the guys at Home Depot (who I LOVE), I commenced fixing the hole in the drywall.

First, I filled the hole with spackle. Let it dry and sanded it down.


Then I attached a steel/mesh drywall patch over the top of the hole. They come in all sizes, but I only needed the 4" x 4".


I did a nice layer of the spackle over the mesh. Let it dry, sanded it down and did another layer. Again, let it dry and then sanded it down.


Luckily, the previous owners left the paint they used and I was able to paint over the patch with a couple of coats. If you don't have touch-up paint, take a little chip (about the size of a quarter) and get a sample of your paint at Home Depot. It's amazing how well they can match your color.


TA-DA!!!

After that dried, I used my new drywall screws (thanks again, HD guy!) and re-attached my curtains. They are holding up and everything worked out so well! This was a first for me and I'm so excited it was a success!


I think the key to this project was research. Not just jumping in, but taking the time online and asking the experts. This is one thing I've learned from my husband....if you're going to do a job, do it well! Take the time to find the right answers. It will be worth it in the end, not having to do a project twice or see it fall apart.

Have a great weekend!

9 comments:

  1. Awesome job Megan! You should be proud of yourself, you can't even tell that there was a hole. Fabulous!

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  2. I am really impressed with your work and appreciate your advice about doing the research! I tend to jump in blindly without asking the experts.

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  3. Nice job. Just took down wall paper and border in a bath, said with shame face. The builders did a sorry job under the paper. Thanks for the tutorial as I'm going to need to smooth out some bumps!

    Hope mine turns out as good as yours

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  4. Great looking fix! I need to do some of that kind of repairs around my windows too!

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  5. Looks great Megan and congrats to you on a job well done..

    Sonny

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  6. Looks fantastic! I need to do this too (in more than a few spots :( Now I have some motivation to do so!

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  7. You did an incredible job! I need to do this and have been so chicken to try it. Thanks for the step by step.

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  8. We have a hole just like that... hmmm... let's see if I can be brave! Thanks for the inspiration! It looks good as new!

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