Patching Or Filling Nail Holes In Wall

Tired of looking at all those little holes in the wall where nails used to be? Follow these easy steps to fix them pronto.

Many parents with teenage sons or daughters that have their own rooms find that they love to hang things on the wall, like posters, pictures, knick knacks, and stars, or just about anything else you can think of. While decorating a room to suit a teen's personality can be fun and meaningful, cleaning up the nail holes later has the opposite effect. If your home has nail holes that need patching in one or more walls, here are a few suggestions.

Any time you are working on a home project make sure you cover the floor with a drop cloth. If you don't have one, use old newspaper so you don't track up the floor. First, use a wire brush to scrape away loose dry wall or paint chips. Then wash the wall with a mild soap and soft cleaning cloth to get all the dirt off so that paint will cover the parts you will be working on.

If you don't already have it, now is the time to go to the hardware store and buy prepared joint compound. Buy only a small amount because it won't take much, unless your walls have numerous holes or damaged areas. Pick out a small applicator or putty knife. Now take some out and put it on a clean paint tray. With your applicator take a small amount and press it down while you fill the hole, taking the excess back up with one swipe of the applicator. Hold the paint tray under the holes you are working on in case any extra joint compound falls from where you are working. Let the wall treatments dry completely and then sand those areas until they are smooth. Many times you will have to do this twice because the joint compound will dry out a little bit. After you are done sanding the holes even with the wall the second time, take a sponge and wipe off the dust. Check the wall and see if you need to use touch up paint or redo the entire room. If you need to paint all the walls, first mask off anything you don't want to get paint on, like trim, windows, light switches, or plug outlets. Make sure you use a good primer first, so it will cover any stains, or in case you pick a lighter paint, it won't show through. After you pick the color of the paint you want to use, make sure you buy a well-known brand. This can make a big difference in the way it covers the wall and the overall way it looks, as well as how long the new finish will last and look nice. If doing the ceiling, complete it first. If the ceiling paint is a different color, wait to do the walls until the ceiling is dry. Either need mask the ceiling with tape or use a straight edge on the ceiling when you start on the walls. If you use a good paint, you may need just one coat , but read the label on the paint can to make sure.

Now that your walls are patched and painted, you can let your preteen move into that room and begin the decorating process again!

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