Creative DIY for the Newly Handy

Drywall Patch Made Easy

When we were completing our Board and Batten project in the Guest Bedroom/Baby’s Room (post coming soon!), we ran into a place in the drywall that we needed to patch.  There was a spot where we needed to put a batten, but it would partially cover up a hole in the wall for the cable line.  We decided that we didn’t need the cable line and we would patch the wall (we left the line in the wall so that if we needed it later, we would know where to find it!).  The previous owner of our home did NOT do drywall patches well and it really shows (they are not flush with the wall or texturized).  I wanted to make sure that my drywall patch blended in so well that you would never know that it was there.  Here’s how I did it!

Materials:

-Box Knife
-Extra piece of Drywall board
-Drywall Putty/Mud
-Putty Knife
-Sandpaper
-Wall Texture (if needed… my section wasn’t textured)
-Primer and Paint for finishing

Procedure:

1.  Cut a clean hole in the drywall so that you can fit the patch easily and to eliminate any tags that may stick up past flush.  We cut ours a little bigger to expose a stud to screw our patch to for extra support.

2.  Cut the Drywall Board to fit in the hole, leaving a little room around the edges for the Drywall Mud.  Do multiple fittings to ensure that you have the right fit before you start with the drywall mud.

3.  Before you insert the patch, butter the edges of the hole with drywall mud.

4.  Butter the edges of the patch with mud and then place the patch in at an angle (see below) so that you get the most “mud to mud” contact.  Then push in the other side to position the patch.

5.  After flattening the patch, screw to the stud (if necessary) and make sure to adjust the patch so that it is a bit below flush with the wall.  It is much easier to add a bit of mud and sand than it is to try to sand down some of the patch.  Scrap the extra mud around the edges.

6.  After letting the mud set/dry, sand down any spots that are sticking up and add another layer of mud.  Let dry.  You may have to do this step a few times since the mud sinks in when it drys, but this way it will be perfectly flush.

7.  Finish the patched area as needed.  I didn’t need texture for this one since it was on a part of an untextured wall, but I primed it before installing the batten over part of it.

Things I Learned:

-Even though a large hole in your drywall seems really bad (and it is scary to make it bigger!), it really isn’t that difficult to patch and is well worth the extra time to get a great looking wall.

-If you are patching a spot that you want to remember its location (like we did since the cable line was there), write the spots location down!  We did such a great job patching that I couldn’t, for the life of me, find it by looking.  I had to do some investigative work with photos I had taken to remember the location.

-Be patient with adding mud, letting it dry, sanding, and then repeating.  I wanted to get it done in one shot so that I could move on with the project, but really taking my time gave me a great result.

I hope this helps you to tackle some daunting patches with confidence.  I know that I am way more confident after just going for it and taking the time to do it right.  Please leave a comment below if you have other tricks or if this post was helpful for you!

You can check out the Board and Batten Project here or see the Before and After for this bedroom here (Coming Soon)!

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