Wall safes are often installed in homes so they can house valuables from fire, floods, and theft. Sometimes, you’ll find a wall safe that is installed at an inconvenient location. In this case, you can remove the wall safe and place it somewhere else.
This tutorial assumes that you have access to the wall safe: it will need to be open for the first few steps. If you inherited a wall safe without a key, you may want to call a locksmith who can open the safe for you.
Step 1: Look for the screws that attach the wall safe to the surrounding studs and remove them with a screwdriver. Sometimes, the screw heads will be concealed by a decorative panel or watertight inset. The door should be open to the wall safe for this step.
TIP: You may want to have someone holding the wall safe while you remove the fasteners. This will prevent the weight of the wall safe from damaging the surrounding drywall, or possibly falling out of the wall cavity once a few of the screws are removed.
Step 2: Carefully ease the wall safe out of the drywall. Reinstall at a more convenient location or discard the device.
Step 3: Use a drywall saw to enlarge the hole in the drywall until the studs are exposed on either side of the hole.
Step 4: Cut a patch out of a sheet of drywall that matches the size and shape of the hole you have just created. Screw the patch into place with drywall screws through the surrounding studs.
Step 5: Fill the screw heads with joint compound using a wide bladed putty knife.
Step 6: Add a thin layer of joint compound around the perimeter of the patch with a putty knife. Press strips of drywall tape into the joint compound to create a patch over the seam of the drywall patch you installed.
Step 7: Add a layer of joint compound over the drywall tape. Allow the joint compound to dry completely.
Step 8: Sand down the area with the drywall tape until the seam blends in with the surrounding wall. You may need to add several coats of joint compound with a wide bladed putty knife for this to occur.
Step 9: Prime and paint the area as necessary to blend with the surrounding wall.
TIP: It is very difficult to paint one large area on a wall and have it blend with the rest of the wall. You may want to prime and paint the entire wall of one room. Even if there are slight color differences between walls, they will not be nearly as obvious.