A Quick Guide to Patching Up a Small Hole in Drywall

Do you have a small to medium-sized hole in the wall? No worries! Holes these sizes are something you can likely fix yourself! However, if you are self-proclaimed disaster at handyman work, or the hole is larger than your two thumbs put together, it may be best to just hire a contractor for professional drywall repair. If you are sure you can handle the job yourself, keep in mind that holes larger than the palm of your hand will require a more comprehensive set of instructions, as well as, a separate set of materials.

If you have a small to medium-sized hole in the wall, continue reading to review a brief instructional guide on how to patch it up like new!

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Steps to Patching a Small Hole in the Wall

There are some basic steps to patching up a small hole in drywall. Of course there may be several additional steps in between depending on the unique circumstances of every project, but the fundamental process can be described in a short series of straightforward steps. Here’s how to get started:

Needed Materials:

Drywall Metal Patch (for medium holes)
Painter’s Putty (for small holes)
Putty Knife
Blade Knife
Drywall Compound
Fine Grain Sanding Blocks
Trowel
Cloth Rag
Paint
Paint Roller/Brush

Small Holes:

Step ❶

Use your blade knife to clean up the edges of the hole. Try to cut at an angle so that the interior of the hole is narrower than the hole.

Step ❷

Use your painter’s putty and putty knife to fill the hole. Use your putty knife to smooth out the surface. Make it level to the wall.

Step ❸

Allow the putty to dry completely. When entirely dry, lightly sand the area until smooth and level to the rest of the wall.

Step ❹

Use your trowel to apply spackle (drywall compound) over the patch to cover the putty. Again, make sure to smooth it out so it’s level with the wall.

Step ❺

Allow the drywall compound to dry completely. Then gently sand the area until smooth and level to the rest of the wall.

Special Note: You may need to repeat step 4 and 5 again.

Step ❻

Once the spackle is finished, you can paint over the spot and enjoy your accomplishment!

Medium Holes:

Step ❶

Start by sanding the surface of the hole until the edges are smooth. Use a clean cloth rag to gently wipe the dust away.

Step ❷

If your hole is more on the medium in size, you will need to use a mesh drywall patch in place of painter’s putty. Peel the paper backing off the patch, and then firmly apply it directly over the center of the hole, with the mesh side facing outward.

Step ❸

Use your trowel to apply spackle (drywall compound) over the patch to cover the mesh drywall patch. Try to gradually thin out the edges to create a smooth, even surface.

Step ❹

Allow the drywall compound to dry completely. Then gently sand the area until smooth and level to the rest of the wall.

Special Note: You may need to repeat step 3 and 4 again until you can no longer detect a difference in the wall.

Step ❺

Once the spackle is finished, you can paint over the spot and enjoy your accomplishment!

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Indianapolis Drywall Contractors 317-269-7319

Indianapolis Drywall Contractors 317-269-7319

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