Try these Household tips to fill
unsightly dings & dents

The walls of your house are the foundation of your home. Therefore, you want to make sure that they are free from any damage or cosmetic imperfections. Nevertheless, accidents are bound to happen, so it might merely be a matter of time before your wall is left with an unsightly hole. Fortunately, repairing such a hole is much easier than you might expect.

When you plan to fix any holes, use these guidelines to create perfectly seamless walls.


Chipped paint
Over time, paint does begin to chip away. Nothing looks more unpleasant than a beautifully-colored wall with a large spot of discoloration. You might be tempted to cover up the spot with a painting or decoration. However, fixing the hole is almost just as easy.

First, scrape away any of the loose debris surrounding the chipped paint and then sand the chipped edges smooth. Cover the spot with a thin layer of fast-drying spackle. Lowes recommends waiting 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

Once the spackle is dry, you can sand the surface smooth and cover it up with the same color of paint as the rest of the wall. Soon after, your wall will look as good as new.


Bigger holes
So what if the problem is larger than a small dent or ding? What if a sizeable hole is found in the wall? While slightly more complicated, this repair process isn’t all that complex either. In fact, it involves many of the same supplies.

If the hole in the drywall is very large, it is recommended to remove the damaged area of the wall entirely. If this is the case, make sure you use a drywall knife, and be sure to examine the area for any potential electrical wires before cutting.

Cut a piece of drywall and have it ready to fit in the space that you have just removed. To attach the new piece of drywall, you will first need to install a small, thin piece of wood to each side of the hole behind the wall.

Using a screwdriver, you can then attach the new drywall piece to both strips of wood behind the wall. To strengthen the bond between the new piece of drywall and the rest of the wall, apply joint tape to the new piece’s border.

Cover the area with joint compound, and allow the compound to dry. Once it is dry, sand it to the correct level and apply paint to the area.