Mr. DIY installed recess lighting in our kitchen and one of the holes was put in the wrong spot. No biggy. Patching drywall is easier than it sounds. Please ignore the fingerprints. I always joke with Mr. DIY that he would not make it in a life of crime…he leave his prints everywhere! Our ceiling is plaster and lathe. We patch using drywall.
How to patch a hole:
1. Insert a scrap piece of wood into the hole (for new drywall to attach to). If you’re patching a hole in the wall, you’ll need to add support or cut around the hole to a stud so that there is a way to support and attach a new piece.
2. Screw the wood block into place.
3. To get an idea of the shape/size of the hole, use a piece of paper to do a rough trace and cut small matching piece out of drywall (we have a lot of scraps).
4. Secure the drywall into open hole using screws into the wood.
5. Thanks to our friends at True Value, we used a drywall patch kit which consists of aluminum sticky mesh tape to help the drywall mud adhere.
6. Smooth on drywall mud (joint compound) in two even layers, allowing time to dry in between skim coats.
7. Once dry, sand smooth.
8. Apply a coat of primer and clean fingerprints if necessary.
Can you tell where the mistaken hole was? We can’t!
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