How to Repair Drywall the Right Way

Whether you’re renting or owning, we’ve all had a gallery wall or a shelf installation go wrong. One mis-measured anchor and now there’s a golf-ball sized hole in the drywall. A stud-finder could have saved the day, but we’re here now. Good thing it only take three steps to repair your drywall. It’s so easy you can make a drywall day out of it! Here’s how.


  • Putty Knife
  • Mesh Patch (Fiber or Aluminum)
  • Sandpaper
  • Color-matched paint
  • Spackle

    Step 1:

    Cut your mesh to fit. Layer the mesh on top of the hole to see how much extra to remove. There should be about an inch around the hole. Apply a bit of spackle to the back of the mesh patch and adhere to the wall, pressing it on. Let dry.

    Step 2:

    Generously apply spackle to the patch and about a three inch circumference around it. Let dry.

    Step 3:

    Sand the spackle lightly until smooth. Blend the edges into the wall, careful not to sand down to the patch. Repeat step 2, as needed. Paint over the area with matching paint.

    TIP: For easy color-matching cut a small piece of paint near the hole. You’re going to repair it anyway! You can bring the chip with you to the paint store and match it directly to samples in-store.

    Repeat as many times as you need to refresh your space and get back that security deposit. Next time, a stud-finder can help you anchor your heaviest pieces without sacrificing precious drywall.