There are many reasons why you may have holes in the walls of your home. If you're replacing a curtain rod, moving artwork, or your door stop fails, you'll have to patch the drywall so the imperfections won't show.
While many homeowners prefer to leave it to the professionals, drywall patching is not a difficult DIY project. When making a shopping list for your local home improvement store, add self-priming drywall compound, a putty knife, and sanding paper. If the holes you need to patch are greater than a half-inch in diameter, purchase mesh patches so the compound has something to adhere to. If you can't find self-priming drywall compound, you'll need to prime the patched area before painting to avoid foggy spots.
Start by filling the hole with the patching compound. For larger holes, center the mesh patch over the hole (trim it if necessary) and adhere it to the wall. The patches come with adhesive on the back, so there's no need for glue. If using a mesh patch, smooth the compound over the patch and a little beyond its edges with a putty knife. Let it dry for the recommended length of time, and then sand it down. Add more coats of compound if necessary, and allow them to dry before sanding again.
For larger areas that need patching, joint compound is needed - it will set up with a chemical reaction to create a stronger surface. After a round of patching, drying, and sanding, the final step is to paint the entire area.
If you're moving into a new home, you may be faced with a big job after the the previous homeowners took down the shelving and artwork before their move. In this case, you may want to have the experts assist with drywall patching and then painting the entire home. For professional advice or assistance with drywall patching, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL