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Small Hole in Your Wall? Here’s the Right Way to Patch It

How to patch a hole in the wall yourself
Natalie Paquin

Have you been putting off patching that small hole on one of your walls at home? Whether it’s from a hook or picture falling off the wall, or simply was caused by kids being rambunctious, we’ve got you covered. Follow these step-by-step instructions for the easiest (and fastest!) way to patch any small hole in your walls at home yourself. You’ll be everyone’s wall-patching expert in no time.


Personally, this hack has saved me several times 😅 #homerepairs #diypatch #wallpatching #homerenovation

♬ somebody else sped up – nat ⎕

Tools required to patch a hole in a wall
Natalie Paquin

Materials Required:

  • Drill
  • Drywall
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Box cutter
  • Joint compound
  • Stud sensor
  • Duct tape
  • Trowel
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (in the shade of the wall you’re fixing)

Assessing a hole in a wall in order to patch it
Natalie Paquin

Step 1: Assess the Hole

Take a look at the hole in your wall and check to see if there is a stud behind it.

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Step 2: Gather Your Tools

Ensure you have everything you’ll need handy (outlined above) to get this small hole patched.

Measuring drywall in order to patch a hole in the wall
Natalie Paquin

Step 3: Get Your Drywall Ready

Measure and then cut a new piece of drywall that is slightly bigger than the hole you are patching.

Cutting drywall to size when patching a hole in the wall
Natalie Paquin

Step 4: Put New Drywall on Hole

Trace the outline of your new piece of drywall over the existing hole using your pencil. Once it is fully traced, use your box cutter to cut along the traced lines and take out any extra drywall pieces (so that the new drywall will be able fit).

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How to patch a small hole in a wall.
Natalie Paquin

Step 5: Ensure It Fits Properly

Make sure the new piece of drywall fits properly in the hole, and if so, go ahead by screwing it into place using your drill.

Adding joint compound and drywall tape to hole in the wall.
Natalie Paquin

Step 6: Add Joint Compound & Drywall Tape

Apply a thin layer of joint compound and drywall tape over the seams of the new piece of drywall. Then using your trowel, squeeze out any excess mud (or use a mesh drywall patch).

Sanding a wall after patching a hole on it.
Natalie Paquin


Step 7: Sand the Area

Lightly sand any rough spots, then apply another layer of the mud. Once the second layer of mud is dry, you can lightly sand the patched hole again.

Painting after patching a small hole in a wall at home.
Natalie Paquin

Step 8: Painting the Patched Hole

Apply 2-3 coats of paint, letting it fully dry between each layer. Once the paint is completely dry, you’re all set! You’ve patched a small hole in your wall all by yourself, no expert help required.


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