When I moved into my apartment, the first thing that caught my eye was the boring beige walls. And because I couldn’t paint the walls a pretty hue, I did the next best thing: I broke out my hammer and hung colorful wall art.
Hammering a few nails here and there didn’t seem like a big deal. And my apartment looks much livelier with the framed pictures, mirrors, and floating wall shelves. But I dread the day when I have to take these items down and fix the unsightly holes.
Luckily, it’s really not as bad as I make it out to be. Basically, all you really need to do is fill the hole with patching compound, scrape the excess, and sand until smooth. For more detailed instructions, Home Envy offers solid advice on effectively concealing these holes with a bit of paint. Black & Decker also weighs in on the issue with their quick 2-step process.
If you have white walls, I recommend purchasing patching compound that goes on pink but dries white, so you can see where you’re putting it. Learn which patching compound best fits your needs.
The largest holes I have in my apartment are a few caused by 3/8-inch fasteners, which, in the grand scheme of things, aren’t horrible—it’s not like I punched a hole in the wall. Larger holes require a bit more time and energy, but if you do have to contend with one, never fear. This iVillage article explains what to do.
Even though it’s sturdy, drywall is prone to occasional dings and dents—but they’re easy to repair yourself. Try these drywall repair tips from This Old House. And patch plaster walls with these suggestions.
In the meantime, I’m going to leave my walls alone. Or, if I find something lightweight that I simply can’t live without, I might try self-adhesives specially made for wall mounting. But if you live in an area with extreme temperatures or high humidity, take caution—the adhesive might weaken and cause your artwork to tumble to the ground!
Do you have any infamous hole-in-the-wall stories? How did you fix them? Share, share, share!