Basic Wall Repair

Let’s face it. Every once in a while you’ll get the urge to punch a hole in the wall only to regret it the next day. I won’t go into the underlying issues surrounding this problem, but I will teach you how to fix it. Repairing a hole can be a tedious task, but if done correctly you won’t be able to tell a hole was ever there. Although this is a somewhat easy job, you’ll need a lot of tools. I highly suggest you gather up everything you need before getting started or else you’ll be making multiple trips to the hardware store.


  • Drywall Knives and Large Blade
  • Drywall Compound
  • Wood Block
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • Primer Paint
  • Paint Roller
  • Colored Paint
  • Cloth or Sponge


  1. Using the large blade, fill hole with a coat of drywall compound. Once dry, add a little more compound if necessary to build up damaged area.
  2. Once the compound is dry, smooth the surface using the wood block and a sheet of fine sandpaper. Smooth area until the compound and wall are even.
  3. Clean dust from area with a wet cloth or sponge, then use paint brush to apply a primer coat.
  4. Use a roller to feather paint on the patch and surrounding area, carefully blending all surfaces.

And that’s that! Remember, once you’re finished patching up the hole, let it dry! Don’t try to hang a picture on it or else you’re in for bigger problems. It should be ready in a day but I would give it two just to be on the safe side. This technique will work on any size hole–big or small. Just take your time and don’t rush the process and you should be good. Better yet, how about you stop punching the wall in the first place?

J. Castellanos 


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