Introduction: Fixing Ceiling Holes Made by Drywall Anchors

Curtains and blinds are often attached to the ceiling with plastic anchors. This Instructable provides a technique for removing and patching the resulting hole on stipple ceilings.

Step 1: Supplies

Equipment List:
Rotary Tool with rounded grinding attachment
Crack filler
Plastic bottle (cut in half)
Latex glove (or similar)

Step 2: Cover and Grind Out Anchor

Cover anchor with half bottle and then use rotary tool to grind out the plastic.

Step 3: Smooth Out Ceiling Hole

Use rotary tool to remove any remaining plastic and smooth out edges in the resulting hole.

Step 4: Remove Dust and Plastic Particles

Use a damp cloth to remove any drywall dust or plastic bits.

Step 5: Fill Hole With Crack Filler

Squeeze crack filler into ceiling hole. Cover completely, slightly overfilling the hole.

Step 6: Dab the Crack Filler

Dab the filled crack to approximate the ceiling stipple and completely cover the hole.

Step 7: Dry and Paint If Necessary

Allow crack filler to dry and then paint if necessary.


DanielaA5 made it!(author)2015-11-12

I like your technique, and the results look pretty impressive. Our kitchen ceiling is in very bad shape, and we want to repair it. I will show this article to my husband to see if we can do it ourselves. If that doesn't work out, we will get professional help.

honorman made it!(author)2010-05-30

As a 33 year new home builder and 20 years owning and repairing rent houses, I find the way to repair a texured ceiling is to fill the holes with sheetrock mud or spacke, then make a soup mixture out of the texure compond that was sprayed on the ceiling , paint the repair with this and you will never find it again.

MD_Willington made it!(author)2007-11-26

I have no dremel, I cut them off with a razor knife and fill them the same way, less mess & job done... personally I hate stipple and texture, it allows builders to get away with hiring very cheap drywall installers that end up doing very cheap jobs...

geoffh made it!(author)2007-11-19

Unfortunately, the anchors were a 'feature' of the house I moved into. I wanted to minimize the size of the ceiling holes and the barbs on the anchors tend to rip out more ceiling when yanked out.

Patrik made it!(author)2007-11-19

Nice professional job.

For the cheapo, "I need to vacate my rental appartment today" version - plain old white toothpaste can hide a *lot* of blemishes, especially on a ceiling where nobody's ever going to touch it again anyway.

uguy made it!(author)2007-11-19

What are you doing using wall anchors on the ceiling? lol

dentsinger made it!(author)2007-11-19

Nice! This method maintains the integrity of the ceiling without risking pull out.

caledonian made it!(author)2007-11-18

They yank-out easily enough, no need for the Dremel.

logic+bomb made it!(author)2007-11-18

never seen this technique before. great job.

theRIAA made it!(author)2007-11-18

nice job

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