I cannot begin to count how many times I’ve moved around and changed pictures, so I’ve dealt with my fair share of ‘patch jobs’. I’ve learned from disappointing mistakes a few simple tricks that make it go much smoother.
These are 4 simple steps with a couple of clever tips:
- With a sharp putty knife, be sure to ‘scrape’ off any little bumps from the previous nail or screw. Even though this pic is me patching a hole in beadboard, these little bumps happen in sheetrock as well.
- Use a good patching compound. I love this product! It’s super lightweight, almost feels dry, but soft and doesn’t shrink, and is dry to paint over in just a few minutes!
- Scrape or lightly sand across the patch after it’s dry, to be sure it’s smooth.
- Use a light hand when priming and painting your patch. And be sure to ‘feather’ it out so you don’t leave any paint lines. (I always cringe when I see on those decorating shows when they ‘try’ a little paint and paint on this thick, square patch right on the wall or siding. It will take serious sanding to get rid of those paint edges.)
That’s it, with a few clever tricks, you can simply patch those holes. So go ahead and feel free to move about…the pictures in your house that is.
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