Whether you are planning to Sell your home, just bought a new home, or are redecorating your current home, you will likely need to patch up a few small nail holes in your walls at some point.


When you were in college, toothpaste may have done the trick, but you’re a grown up now, and holes in walls are unsightly and will be noticed by others, especially if you are selling your home.


If the holes are very small, sometimes simply using touch up paint can cover them.


If the nail holes are too big to easily cover with touch up paint, then follow these steps:


Pick up the following items at your local hardware store:

  • Drywall patching compound such as spackling
  • Putty knife
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Touch-up paint


Using the handle of your putty knife, press the raised drywall paper around the hole down so it is flush with the wall. Be careful not to break through the paper. Apply the compound into the hole by pressing it in and putting a small amount on the surrounding area. Using the putty knife blade, scrape away the excess compound. If you get the compound on the surrounding paint, wipe it away with a moist paper towel.  Allow the compound to dry. Once the compound is dry, sand it down so it’s level with the wall. Wipe the sanding dust away with a moist paper towel. Lastly, apply the touch up paint by dabbing it on the wall with a rag. Using a rag instead of a brush best mimics the surface texture of a paint roller.


Let the paint dry, and you are finished repairing the nail hole.


If you need any additional tips, or if you are looking to Sell or Buy a home here in the central Oregon area, please let me know. I'm always here to help! Thanks.