How to Cover Up Holes in Your Walls

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How to Cover Up Holes in Your Walls

Permanent Solutions To Covering Wall Holes

Person Caulking Hole in Wall​Like most folks, if you’ve hung up pictures or other decorations to make your house feel more like home, those things will 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, these directions will help you achieve an immaculate wall without spending a lot of time or effort.

Materials You Need To Cover Up Holes

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 paint chip from your wall and take it to your local hardware store, and an employee will help you choose the correct paint.

The Covering-Up Process

Before applying the spackling paste to the holes, ensure 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 cleaning 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 immediately. 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 it's even with your walls. Next, paint the sanded spackling paste to match the wall color--and that’s it!

Temporary Solutions To Covering Wall Holes

If you're redecorating your home and are looking for a quick and easy solution to cover up a hole in your wall, there are a couple of easy ideas that you can utilize!

1. Hang Something

One way to cover up a visible hole in your wall while re-decorating your home is by hanging something right where you can see the hole. You can easily hang a poster, a photo frame, decor, or tapestry! You could even use non-invasive tactics to hang your new decor, which won't require nails that lead to further holes in your walls.

Some ideas for hanging your new decor without nails include:

  • Using adhesive nails
  • Using adhesive hooks
  • Using press hooks
  • Using professional tape
  • Using reusable adhesive
  • Using picture hanging strips
  • Using picture strings

2. Using Furniture

Another idea is to re-arrange your home's furniture. Depending on where the hole in your wall is located, you could move a piece of furniture right in front to cover it. You could move furniture such as couches, bookshelves or bookcases, portable closets, or mirrors.

3. Hang Curtains

Curtains could be used to conceal the hole in your wall, mainly if the wall hole is located near a window. 

Here are some curtain ideas that you could use:

  • Single panel curtains
  • Panel pair curtains
  • Valance curtains
  • Window tiers
  • Liners
  • Window scarfs
  • Blackout curtains
  • Sheer curtains
  • Contemporary curtains
  • Lace curtains
  • Apron curtains
  • Patterned curtains

4. Using Decor or Plants

Lastly, you could move home decor or plants in front of the hole. If you don't already have plants in your home, utilizing plants could help create an ambiance, depending on the room the wall hole is in.

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