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how to fix a wall hole

If you've recently rearranged the family portraits on the living room wall or reorganized the shelving in your home office, chances are you have a wall or two that is less than picture-perfect.

Yes, you could always just hang something over the wall holes to hide them from sight.

Almost as easy? You can easily fix a wall hole yourself.

step by step tips for repairing a wall hole.

 You'll need the following supplies to fix a wall hole:

  • vacuum;
  • putty knife;
  • pre-mixed spackling compound;
  • a sponge;
  • touch up paint.

Start by vacuuming away any loose plaster, paint chips, or dust from the wall hole.

Using a putty knife, fill the hole with a premixed spackling compound (readily found in hardware stores) and smooth it level with the surface of the wall.

Let the compound dry thoroughly - a few hours or overnight. Then smooth the area with a damp sponge to remove any debris from the area.

Finally, paint over the spackled area to match the color of your wall.

If the hole is deep, the spackling compound will shrink slightly when dry, and a second application may be needed to make the hole smooth and even with the rest of the wall surface.

a painting shortcut.

A shortcut: If you have leftover latex paint that matches the wall, add a small amount of paint to the premixed sparkling mixture. If done carefully, the patch may blend in well enough to require no further sanding or painting. This works only small holes, such as those caused by picture hooks.

A larger, deeper perforation may require two applications of the spackling compound; sand after each application has dried and touch up with paint.

Ready to get started? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the wall hole repair tools and supplies you need to get the job done successfully.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.