Dings, dents and other damage to the drywall in your home are a fact of life. Whether it’s a necessary part of home improvement or the inevitable result of everyday clumsiness and rambunctious children, your home’s gypsum panels will take a beating. Thankfully, fixing drywall is a do-it-yourself repair. Small holes, such as those created by errant door knobs, can be mended with a drywall patch kit. Here’s how to use a patch kit to make your drywall damage fade away.


  • Drywall patch kit (available at hardware and home improvement stores and online retailers such as Amazon), should include mesh patch, joint compound, drywall knife and sandpaper
  • Drop cloth or plastic sheeting
  • Primer and paint to match surrounding wall

Step 1

Lay a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect the work area from joint compound and dust. Apply the self-adhesive mesh patch over the hole.

Step 2

Use a drywall/putty knife to cover the patch with the joint compound in a crisscross pattern, blending the edges in with the wall. To blend the edges, apply more pressure and use a sharper angle with the drywall knife on the edges of the patch area to thin out the joint compound.

Step 3

Wait for the patch to dry, and apply another coat of the compound if needed, then sand it smooth.

Step 4

Repaint the patched area with the same paint as the surrounding wall. Priming before painting will produce a better result, particularly with semi-gloss or shinier paint.

With these steps mastered, you’ll be a pro at smoothing away life’s dings and dents – at least as far as your drywall is concerned.

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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