Purchase a container of premixed spackle or drywall joint compound and a roll of adhesive mesh tape if you have any holes larger than a dime to be patched.
Strip away any raised portions of the drywall paper or old paint at the edge of the hole.
Dust the hole with an old paintbrush to remove any lose drywall dust.
Wet the hole with a damp sponge or old paintbrush dipped in plain water.
Press spackle into open hole with a putty knife.
Smooth spackle with a putty knife until flush with wall.
Allow spackle to dry overnight, then sand and dust until smooth.
Repeat steps 3 through 6.
Things You Will Need
- Paintbrushes (old)
- Razor Knives
- Putty Knives
- Cover larger holes first with strips of adhesive mesh tape. The strips of tape should extend past the edges of the hole about an inch and adhere firmly to the wall. Repeat the process of applying spackle, drying and sanding until the desired smoothness is reached.
- Sand by using a sanding block attached to a handle. These can be rented at most rental centers or purchased at lumberyards and hardware stores.
- If ceilings are to be painted they should be finished as smooth as walls. If you plan on texturing, they don't have to be quite as smooth - they just need two coats of compound and thorough sanding.