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How to Cover Up Holes in Your Walls

Like most folks, if you’ve hung up pictures or other decorations to make your house feel more like home, those things are going to leave holes in the walls when they come down. The good news is that you can fix those holes without much trouble when you follow the right steps.

Whether you’re about to move out or you’re just redecorating, use these directions as a guide to get an immaculate wall without spending a lot of time or effort.


Before you begin, make a checklist of the items you need for your project:

  • Spackling paste

  • Putty Knife

  • Small Paint Brush

  • Towel

  • Cleaning Brush

  • Water

  • Sanding Brick

Make sure that the paint matches your wall’s finish exactly so that you won’t end up with a patch of oddly shiny or matte paint where the hole in your wall used to be. You can get a small chip of paint from your wall and take it to your local hardware store, and an employee will help you choose the correct paint.


Before you apply the spackling paste to the holes, make sure the holes and the space around them are clean. Dip your cleaning brush into the water and gently scrub all dirt and grime away from the holes, being careful not to chip your walls during the process. Dry the holes thoroughly.

After you have cleaned the holes, put a small amount of spackling paste onto your putty knife and smear it over each hole in your wall. Smooth down the spackling paste over the hole with the putty knife or your finger and apply more if needed.

If you accidentally get spackling paste around the hole, use your wet towel to clean it off right away. Read the spackling paste container to determine how long you should give it to dry. After the spackling paste dries, you may need to apply a second coat, depending on whether or not the first coat sank inside the hole.

Once your spackling paste has finished drying, sand it down so that it's even with your walls. Next, paint the sanded spackling paste so that it matches the wall color--and that’s it!

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