How to Repair Walls Seamlessly

When I shared my bathroom updates last Fall, the posts became too long to share tips for wall repair.

Sometimes I avoid making repairs after moving a single picture, and I wait until I have several to repair.  But, when you remove a bathroom mirror that covers the entire counter-top wall, there are too many holes to ignore.  (Click image to see post.)

Antique Mirror

Bathroom Changes for Major Impact

Bathroom #2 Updates for Impact

Bathroom #2 Updates for Impact

Even though it’s a little work repairing holes it creates, I definitely recommend replacing your mirror wall with any large mirror you have in your home.  It cost me nothing, and I’m so pleased with the results!

This wall in HH’s office has a faux finish I repaired a long while back after moving the curtain rod.  You’ll see, I’ve collected examples for you from all over the house.

Faux-Finish Wall Repair

Let’s get started, shall we?

Sometimes when you remove a screw, you’ll find a plastic tap-in type of wall anchor behind it.  Easy Tip #1:  leave the screw partially inside the anchor, you can easily remove both screw and anchor with pliers.

Pliers Removing Anchor

Get a good grip and pull it straight out, wiggling a tiny bit at the beginning.

Anchor Removed

My preference is using Zinc heavy-weight anchor screws, which un-screw to remove.  Either way, the reality is that wall anchors leave a large hole.  Pulling straight out on the plastic anchors minimizes the damage.  Now to repair.

Easy Tip#2:  around the rim of the hole, push the edges to the inside with your fingertip or a philips-head (star-tipped or crissy-crossy thingy) screw driver.  The goal is to remove any protrusion out from the face of the wall.

Hole in Wall

Step 1:  Fill the hole with joint compound and let it dry completely.

Hole Covered with Joint Compound

Step 2:  Sand smooth.  For a large hole like this, you’ll have this indention when dry, so step 3 is needed.  For small holes, you’re done.

Filled Hole Shrinkage

Step 3:  Repeat steps one and two.

Here’s the wall in the bathroom after I filled the holes with joint compound and let it dry.  It’s so easy to do many holes at once.  Easy Tip #3:  with spackling in hand, go throughout your house, filling every hole you see.

Spackling on Nail Holes

With the waiting time between steps, you may as well get them all.  Remember when I discussed that in Tips to Tackle Tasks in a Timely Way?

Step #4: paint with primer.  (I use Kilz oil-based primer.)  This seals the spackling. If you skip this step, you’ll see dull spots when the light hits the re-painted wall at certain angles.  Here are the spots after Kilz and paint shown in Bathroom #2 Updates for Impact.

Bathroom #2 Updates

There is an exception, though.  When repairing a faux finished wall, don’t prime.  (More to follow.)

Step #5:  feather the paint into the existing wall to eliminate color variations between old and new paint.  Stroke brush lightly in different directions out from repair area one to two inches onto the wall.


You want to minimize the area to cover with paint in the repair.  Fill only the hole, and don’t spread spackling everywhere.  (Or, if you do, wipe with wet cloth to remove dried spackling around the hole repair.)

After the filled hole is dry, paint a base color that matches the wall fairly well.  I used a craft paint for this repair.

Repainting Repaired Anchor Holes

For the dark tones, I dabbed the area lightly with charcoal color craft paint after dabbing most of the paint onto a paper plate.

Dabbing Paint

Another thing is to try to match the sheen of the wall.  Faux-finishes are normally mixed with a glaze, which gives the wall a sheen.  My camera flash picked up the shiny craft paint and not the sheen of the wall, but in person, they are a close match.

Faux Finish Wall Repair

If the repaired spots are visible with the naked eye from standing on the floor, go back over the spot with flat sheen paint and blotch again with the dabbed-off dark color.

Repaired Nail Holes in Wall

Does this give you any new pointers for repairing walls?  Any other issues you’re having with wall repair?

Happy Friday, y’all!   See you Sunday ~



I’m sharing this post with Metamorphosis Monday.  🙂


  1. Robin says

    I will be doing a LOT of this VERY soon! LOL
    Your tips are much appreciated…especially the one about using Kilz oil based primer. I always hated those “weird” spots when the light hit those fixed spots.
    the tip for fixing a faux finished wall is a great one too. Often times people don’t keep any “extra” paint after they do abig painting project. (I do. I even keep the formula for the color in case I need more one day. Learned my lesson the HARD way yrs ago. LOL)

    • says

      Thanks, Robin. We moved into a home with the existing faux finished wall. The original paints were in the attic, dried up. I had the color numbers to buy new cans, but why spend that money when we can use simple craft paint? Good luck with your projects!

      • Robin says

        Yeah, why spend a TON on paint when craft paint does the job?! Especially when you don’t need but a ‘lil bit! 🙂 I will be sharing this idea…let me tell ya! 🙂 Again…AWESOME idea!!!! And a REAL money and time saver!!!

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Now this is really valuable advice. And you reminded me of my tiny, just behind the front door holes that I need to finally get busy and patch. I broke a large and very expensive full length mirror while playing with one of my little furry, brat kats…. lol……. yes, I know I am stupid and it was totally my fault. I will be replacing with the cheap door mirrors….. when I get the money for those. And I decided to put some glaze in the craft paint after the initial hole plugging thing. I have that awful fake wood, but fairly new paneling in my front room…… sigh…. someday I hope to paint it.

    • says

      It’s always something, isn’t it? I’m sorry about your mirror…but I know you’ll come up with a perfect replacement. 🙂

    • says

      Thank you! Just sharing a few little “cheating” tricks. I hope you’re having a great weekend – enjoying the warm-up!