Home Improvement

How To Patch Drywall

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Growing up, my dad taught me everything there was to know about home improvement. But, to this day, I still swear that teaching me how to patch walls was basically like having the ultimate superpower. Since I started blogging, my walls have found new holes in them that have required lots of TLC… and, honestly, now that I live in a rental, this superpower is essential. Patching small holes in your walls is so easy (even a caveman can do it — sorry, I had to). 

How To Patch Drywall

In an effort to share more home improvement tutorials on the blog this year, I partnered with my friends at DAP Products for this tutorial! Our aim is to make home improvement projects feel approachable! Here’s how easy it is to fix those annoying holes in your wall…

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What You’ll Need:

Tools & Materials
Putty Knife
Sanding Block
Drywall Spackle
Paint Brush

The Steps:

1. Locate the hole or crack you want to fill. Use a scraper to remove any excess drywall or debris from the area.

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2. Choose the right drywall spackle for the hole you are filling. For larger holes caused by nails or bruising, use a professional strength spackle. For small, thin, reoccuring cracks, you can use a flexible spackle that will form and flex with your settling home.

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3. Use a putty knife to remove a dollop of spackle from the container.

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4. Apply the spackle to the hole. Make sure what you apply is a little thicker than what you are trying to achieve. Sometimes the holes you patch may be deep enough for the spackle to shrink. Having excess on the wall is a good way to prevent any pitting.

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5. Let the patch dry. Dry times will depend on the type of spackle used as well as how much is applied.

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6. Once the patch is dry, use a sanding block to sand the patch flush to the wall.

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7. Once the patch is flat, paint over it to blend it into the wall (we were repainting the room we were patching, so the color we used was a little different).

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8. Admire your handy work!

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Not so scary, right!?

Want to save this project for later? Don’t forget to Pin It!

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What do you think, was this helpful? What other home improvement tips would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!

* This post is sponsored by DAP Products, Inc. All opinions and life lessons are my own. This post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Diego Lopes

    Hey! I just wanted to say that your post is super helpful. I love how simple you make it look and how all you solve all the possible doubts. Thank you for posting it!

  • Aquila Salta

    Wow! I’m amaze how you make it look as good without any trace. Thank you for posting!

  • Gary

    Quick fix! Thanks for the step by step with pics!

  • plaster

    Appreciate the article, I will definitely send this to a homeowner who wants to do a patch repair themselves.

  • Theon Bass

    An amazing article we appreciate your effort in giving us an idea. Nice job for creating this wonderful article.

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