This is something that is going to happen in any home that has drywall, a hole into the drywall. Sometimes it happens by accident (a little too much rough housing, door handle into the wall, really anything) but sometimes its on purpose (moving things inside the wall). The patch job I am sharing today was done on purpose because we needed to move a light box on a wall.
Believe it or not, I have never patched a drywall hole before, my dad always did it. So this is a first time for me and I found it to be pretty easy. There are some patches you can buy in the painting section of a hardware store but I thought they cost too much because I had almost everything on hand already.
– small piece of drywall (one that will fit the hole)
– drywall joint compound
– drywall joint tape
– taping knife
– 1″x2″ board (I used some that I had on hand)
– drywall screws
– razor blade
– drywall knife (not needed but helps)
– measuring tape
First I measured and sketched out the hole I needed to patch on a piece of paper. TIP: It will be easier to patch a square or rectangle, so cut your hole if you need to. Then I transferred that sketch onto the extra drywall piece in the actual dimensions.
I then used the razor blade and drywall saw to cut the patch out. TIP: You can trace a straight line with a razor blade (a couple of times over the same spot) then you can snap the drywall along that line. I cut my patch pretty rough the first time then went back and forth, until I had a pretty good fit.
Now I found a scrap 1×2 board that was about 3-4″ longer then my patch. I then secured the board to the existing drywall, like this.
PLEASE NOTE: Be careful when screwing the board down that you don’t break the drywall like I did. But mine still worked.
Then I attached the patch drywall to the board. Ideally I should have placed a screw where the old light box is but because of the box I couldn’t and I did not want to remove.
TIP: If you are patching drywall over a stud you will not need to add the board, just attach the drywall patch to the stud.
Next I took a #120 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the old drywall, this will rough up the paint and will help the drywall tape to stick. I then wiped everything clean, so there was not dust (I did use a Shop-Vac also).
I then took the drywall joint tape (the kind I used sticks by itself) and taped all the joints, plus I taped some other holes from our old light.
After I took my tape knife and joint compound, spreading it across the whole area. I did not put it on thick because I planned on adding compound at least two more times, my first coat was my base coat.
The compound I used takes awhile to dry, 24 hours (some take less time, I just forgot to look before purchasing). So after the first coat finally dried, we had this.
I then applied a second coat (I did not sand the first coat), hours later we had this.
I then took a #220 grit sandpaper (you could us a wet sponge for drywall, it is less dusty) and sanded the area with it, not using presser… You do not want to sand down to the joint tape. TIP: I had my Shop-Vac hose in one hand and the sandpaper in the other, I held the hose right below the sandpaper to vacuum up the dust as I sanded, this made it less messy.
I decided I would need one more coat of compound. A day later, I sanded everything again and we where left with a nicely patched wall.
Next I primed then painted the wall. After that dried, I install our industrial vanity light.
What do you think? Any tips or other ways to patch a drywall hole? This was not as difficult as I thought it would be, pretty easy. The longest part was waiting for the compound to dry.
Be sure to stay tuned for how we installed a recessed vanity mirror and added some shelving.