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How to Cover a Damaged Wall

Whether a wall has excessive nail holes, dings, cracks or other cosmetic problems, there are several solutions that can be used to hide damage. If the integrity of the wall has been compromised, for example, if a wall stud has been broken, or if the hole is quite large, a professional repair may be required for safety. Damage that just makes your wall unsightly can be taken care of with a DIY cover up.

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  1. Apply a wall patch over small- to medium-sized holes. Even though the holes will be hidden, it is best to cover any jagged edges to ensure that the items used to cover it will hang properly. Wall patch kits are available at most local hardware stores and require only basic painting knowledge to apply.

  2. Sand the area down. The area that was patched should be completely smooth. Even though the colour of the patched area will be different from the rest of the wall, it should be as smooth as possible.

  3. Select a picture, wall tapestry or mirror to hang over the damaged area. Make sure that the wall hanging is large enough to completely cover the damage so it is impossible to tell that the damage occurred once the picture is in place.

  4. Install picture hanging brackets that are appropriate for the wall hanging. Heavier paintings and mirrors will need heavy-duty brackets that will not bend under their weight. Wall tapestries typically need to be hung on a rod and will require at least two brackets. Measure off the area, mark the spot where you want the hanger and hammer in the picture hanger.

  5. Install the wall hanging over the damage. Consider adding other pictures to that wall to balance out the room, especially if the damage being covered is near the edge of the wall or off centre.

  6. Tip

    Panelling, textured wallpaper and textured paint are other whole-wall solutions to covering a damaged wall.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wall patch kit
  • Sand paper
  • Painting or mirror
  • Picture hangers
  • Hammer

About the Author

Kate McFarlin is a licensed insurance agent with extensive experience in covering topics related to marketing, small business, personal finance and home improvement. She began her career as a Web designer and also specializes in audio/video mixing and design.

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