How to patch and repair a hole in the wall

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The repair of the hole in my freshly painted spare room has been on my to do list for a little while now, I’ve just been shutting the door and willing it away. Miraculously, it hasn’t gone anywhere.

It’s nearing on two months since the contractor who was installing the floating vanity in the bathroom (side note my bathroom renovation is now complete and you can check it out here!) Back to the contractor *cough cough. He’d inserted the vanity supports a little too far through the bathroom wall. So much so that they sprung out into the newly painted spare room! And just like an unwelcome house guest the supports had reared their ugly head through the wall and had left a lasting impression on my spare room wall.

You may find that you’re hole in the wall came about in a similar way or maybe someone got a little wild Christmas Day with their new set of golf clubs? Not a problem, I got you! I’ll teach you what you’ll need and how to patch and repair a hole in the wall in four simple steps!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. When sanding your walls you’ll need to opt for a less coarse sand paper, so a 120 fine grit will do just fine. You can check the grit by looking on the back of the sand paper. Tear off approximately 20cm from you sand paper roll and wrap it around your cork sanding block. Wrap it tightly and keep a firm grip to sand away any paint flakes or roughness in the plaster surrounding the hole in the wall.

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2. Wipe away any debris from sanding with a wet rag. Now it’s time to fill that hole in the wall! Gyprock is an absolute god sent and is really easy to work with. I’m not a spokesperson for Gyprock I just really like the product! It’s a premade solution so all you’ll need to do is open the lid of the tub and scoop out the gap fill with a flat spatula. Press the spatula with gap fill firmly onto where your hole in the wall is and sweep seamlessly across the hole to evenly dispatch the gap fill. Repeat until the gap fill is aligned just above the walls height. Leave to dry.

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3. Once your gap fill (Gyprock) is dry you’ll need to sand it back to get a smooth consistency between the gap fill and your actual wall. Remember the more attention to detail you spend here the better the result will look when painted and complete. What hole in the wall? With your sand paper and cork sanding block firmly press on to the gap filled area and move in an up and down motion. Run your hand across the patch to check for any un-evenness and once smooth clean the area with a wet rag to get rid of any excess dust.

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4. You’re on your last leg now! Make sure your sample pot of paint is the exact same colour as your walls to colour match. For me I’m using ‘white on white’ by Dulux. Mix the paint in the can with a stick to get an even consistency in the colour.  Then pour some of your sample pot into your paint tray, you can always add more later as opposed to pouring excess back into your paint tin. When paint is in the tray, load up your mini roller and apply paint in a zig zag motion where necessary on your wall.

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I hope this tutorial has been of some help to you and whoever came in like a wrecking ball and put a hole in your wall. Make sure you comment below what reno skill you’d like to learn next!!

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