How to Repair Drywall for a Towel Rack

Drywall damage caused by removing or relocating a towel rack can be repaired with plaster of Paris or drywall compound.
Towel racks are usually mounted to drywall using drywall anchors and screws. If a towel rack is removed carefully, the drywall anchors can be pulled out with a pair of pliers, leaving only small holes. If the towel rack is pulled off the wall, the holes may be larger. Holes that are larger than 6 inches in diameter, or that go all the way through the drywall, should be repaired with plaster of Paris. Correctly repaired drywall is strong enough to support a new, or relocated, towel rack.

Step 1

Remove with pliers any plaster anchors or other fasteners. Clean all holes in the drywall with a stiff brush. Fill a hole larger than 6 inches in diameter with drywall mesh or crumpled newspaper.

Step 2

Mix drywall compound for small holes, or plaster of Paris for holes larger than 6 inches. Mix small quantities because either filling will dry quickly and be too stiff to work with.

Step 3

Apply drywall compound or plaster of Paris into holes, no more than 1/2 inch at a time. Allow each layer to dry for 10 minutes before adding another layer. Fill the holes until the repair is flush with the wall surface.

Step 4

Use a drywall taping knife and smooth a very thin layer of drywall compound or plaster of Paris over the repair. Allow to dry for one hour or longer.

Step 5

Sand the repaired drywall. Prime and paint to match the wall, or repaint the entire wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Stiff brush
  • Pliers
  • Drywall mesh
  • Newspaper
  • Drywall compound
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Trowel
  • Drywall taping knife
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint