Weekend Home Makeover ( Pt. 2 Patching Holes & Knockdown.

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Step 1: Fill

Fill with compound.

Step 2: Wall Texture

Spray all of your patched holes with wall texture. And also it so sit for a few minutes.

Step 3: Drag

Lightly drag a puddy knife over the texture.

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    5 Discussions


    3 years ago

    From a guy who had to patch walls for over 30 years, fill the hole with plaster so it sets fast but as soon as the plaster ( and use just enough to cover the hole not half the wall ) you use a wet sponge and gently wipe the affected area so that just the patched hole remains. Let this set ( about 5 - 10 minutes ) and go do the next one.

    Come back when fully set and then use drywall mud. Put a little smear on a 3 or 4" scraper and pull along the surface of the wall where the hole was so that you are "smearing" the compound across the hole area. You will have to practice with the amount of mud and pressure but it won't take you long to work it out to where you leave a "skipped" mud trail. The result will be a fast method of repairing holes at minimal expense. This can work for holes up to about 2" by using the plaster mixed thick and pulled from the center of the hole towards the edge. Build up around the edge of the hole and then finally one last sweep across the entirety of the hole.

    The sponging is the important part so that there is no sanding and no mud anywhere but the hole.

    2 replies
    Withered Perceptionmrblixxx

    Reply 3 years ago

    yeah usually I'm more careful but we had 24 hours to do quite a dew projects... so I was basically just slapping plaster on holes and moving to the next hole. When finished I hit them with texture dry or not when done with texture hit them with a knife and moved on to painting. House wasn't worth taking my time on and sold cash offer in a week of listing for double its value so I'm not complaining that I did things fast not correctly??


    3 years ago

    OP, those wall texture spray bottles are expensive. Instead just put a plastic bag around something solid (brick, short cut of 2x4, float, trowel, anything wide and flat) and simply goop your spackle/compound on the plastic then press it to the wall. Pull off the wall, and press it again. The more times you press it to the wall the smaller your "texturing" will become, the less times the larger/rougher it will be. There's some great youtube videos about it. google DIY knockdown texturing and you'll find a few. There are legit tools sold for this purpose, but who wants to spend upward of $20 on a single use tool, just plastic bag something flat and it can come out looking great.

    1 reply
    Withered Perceptionslo5oh

    Reply 3 years ago

    Great idea! I'll have to look into it! this was a bit of a different story though. We had 48 hours to do everything from cabinets to paint and finishing touches... The bottle was worth it for this venture.