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.

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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.



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    10 Discussions


    3 years ago

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

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


    11 years ago on Introduction

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