How to Fix Common Wall and Floor Problems
By: Deirdre Sullivan
Although some maintenance projects are best left to the pros, these three easy DIY fixes will give you bragging rights.
We turned to three bloggers for ideas on how to tackle some little, but nagging, household wall and floor issues.
A Made-Up Drywall Repair
The problem: Concealing drywall damage is a tricky business that requires a handful of drywall tools and materials to make walls look like new. To fix coin-sized holes, many traditionalists use mesh or paper tape. But not Lesli DeVito, the DIY blogger behind My Old Country House.
The fix: Cosmetic wedges! DeVito first tried patching the two nickel-sized openings with cement board she had lying around, but the pieces didn’t fit as you can see in the picture below (left).
- Make-up sponges
- Putty knife
- Cut the wedges into pieces that are slightly larger than the holes.
- Spackle the drywall and wipe off the excess.
- When the spackle dries, sand the area until it’s smooth.
- Add a fresh coat of paint.
Now DeVito challenges people to find where the holes were; go ahead, take a peek.
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