Drywall can be a problem when it has a hole, dent or gouge in it. Besides looking unsightly, you can lose precious air conditioning and heating, invite bugs into your walls and make one big mess from loose gypsum pieces falling out. Besides the typical DIY patch job or hiring a professional drywall finisher, you can use these three techniques for fixing drywall instead.
Cover it up
While many solutions exist for fixing holes in drywall-like my article “How to Fix a Hole in Drywall”-they do little to help if you have no talent for drywall finishing. So after you patch the hole and it’s an ungodly mess of joint tape and lumped up joint compound, cover it up.
Many drywall holes can be finished lightly, and then covered up with a spray texture. A spray hopper and compressor makes quick work of larger areas while smaller texture sprays can be purchased in a large disposable spray cans for one time use. You can learn how to apply textures with a hopper gun and air compressor with my article “Using a Spray Hopper to Texture Drywall”. This article will get you started in the right direction for covering up drywall mistakes.
Texturing by spraying can be messy and isn’t the best cover up method for all drywall repairs. If you’re unsure of your skill set, then stomp it. A drywall stomper is basically a round brush used to texture drywall. Similar looking to a chimney sweeper, a drywall stomp is easy to use for covering up drywall problems.
Place the stomper into a wet mix of joint compound and press against the wall. Repeat and repeat until you have achieved the desired look. Let the mud dry for 25 hours and paint.
If drywall just isn’t your thing, don’t fret! You can still cover it up by installing tongue and groove veneered wainscoting. This easy to install wood panel is easily cut with a miter saw and attached using liquid nail. Panels simply slide in each other. It’s a simple yet elegant solution to drywall holes, mistakes and other blemishes.