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Brighten up a room with these painting and wallpaper tips.
You Will Need
- A utility knife
- Clean cloth
- Putty knife
- Spackling paste
- Fiberglass mesh with adhesive backing
- A drywall kit (optional)
- A wall guard plate (optional)
Buy a drywall kit
Consider buying a drywall kit. Sold in hardware stores, it contains almost everything you need to repair holes.
Smooth and clean location
Use a knife to scrape off any loose plaster and then smooth the area with sandpaper. Clean with a damp cloth.
If the hole is very small, like a nail or screw hole, fill it with spackling paste, let it dry, and sand it smooth.
Cover with mesh
If the hole is larger, place an adhesive piece of fiberglass mesh over the hole so it overlaps on all sides by at least an inch.
Cover with spackling paste
Use a putty knife to spread a layer of spackling paste over the mesh until the area is covered. Smooth it as best you can and let it dry overnight.
Sand it smooth
Lightly sand the area smooth.
Apply a second layer
Apply a light, second layer of spackling paste, let it dry overnight, and sand it smooth.
Paint the repaired area.