Thanks to our boys, we (until this past weekend!) had three lovely drywall holes in our home! When Owen was a baby, he went through a stage of taking the plastic caps off the door stops around the house – you know, the ones that make a fun twanging sound. We removed all the plastic caps as they were choking hazards. Then, Gresham went through a stage of taking off the twangers altogether and pretending they were “trumpets.” (Please tell me that your boys do things like this too!!!) The lack of door stops led to two doorknob shaped holes in the drywall – one by the front door and one in the master bedroom. The third hole was created by boys opening their bedroom curtains by hanging on them and pulling, which ripped the wall anchors right out of the wall. It’s hard to hang the curtain rod back up with a GAPING hole where the screws should go!
Anyway, my parents recently had their kitchen remodeled, and their contractor used this neat trick for repairing drywall. It seemed like a much better idea to us than the kits you can buy that involve attaching a piece of mesh to the hole and then filling it up with tons of spackling. My husband was able to repair all three holes in one morning!
For this project you need:
- A piece of drywall the same thickness as what is on your walls
- A saw to cut the drywall with
- A scrap of wood (or one for each hole)
- Touch-up paint
**Note: I took these pictures at different times of day, so the wall appears to change color. It really is the same wall!
Step 2: Find a piece of scrap wood that will fit into the hole and hang over on each side so that you can screw it in above and below the hole. We did ours vertically because there was a stud in the way. You can also run the scrap wood from side to side and screw it on to the left and right of the hole. Drive a nail into the middle of the scrap wood before inserting it in the wall so that you have something to hold onto. Remove the nail after the scrap wood is in place.
Step 3: With the scrap wood in place, you now have something to attach the drywall to! Cut a piece the size of your hole, and screw it to the wood. No more hole! Now it’s time to make it look pretty. Well, prettier.
Here is our finished wall! We didn’t get the texture quite right, so if any of you have done this and have tips to offer on how to replicate the wall texture a little better, please comment! However, it’s still better than the huge hole we had to start with. This wall is right by our front door, so we’ll probably cover the spot with one of those wooden doorknob wall protectors.
Please tell me I’m not the only one with boys putting holes in the drywall! Share your hole-in-the-wall stories please!
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