How to Fix a Hole in the Wall with Spackle

Two Holes in Plaster Wall

A hole in the wall is an easy fix with a Spackling compound and spatula available at any home improvement or paint store.

Whether the hole is small, medium, or large, a spackling compound can quickly fill in the area and make it appear new. Spackling is basically a soft paste-like substance that is readily available in either tube and/or tubs. It can also be purchased in powder form but will have to be mixed with water to make a paste if you choose this option. Most homeowners or do-it-yourselfer purchase the pre-prepared Spackling because it is quicker and easier.

Larger Holes

Note that larger wall holes may need some form of wall backing placed behind the hole first or the Spackling compound will most likely cave in because it will have nothing to adhere itself to.

Here is how to Spackle a hole in the wall using a Spackling compound.

Prep the Area

Be sure to spread the newspapers, towels, or an old sheet or a drop cloth below on the floor and against the baseboard where the hole is. This will keep bare floors as well as carpets clean and free of any loose wallboard or Spackling compound.

Clean Hole

Using a damp cloth, clean the area where the hole is and make sure there is no lingering dust or debris that can get caught in the Spackling compound. Remove any drywall pieces that may have been left behind or that are showing along the edges of where the hole is.

Mix the Spackle

After the area to be repaired is completely dry, either mix the Spackling compound powder as per directions or if you have the pre-prepared Spackling material, place just a small amount on the tip of Spackling spatula or similar tool that you have chosen.

Spread the Compound

Spread the Spackling compound slightly above where the hole is or at least at a 45-degree angle and then move downward with the spatula to cover the hole with the Spackling compound.

Let Dry

Let the hole dry completely. If you need to add more Spackling compound, spread it on again lightly with the spatula and let it dry. You will most likely need at least two coats of Spackling to fill in the hole.

Sand Down

Once the area is thoroughly dry, using a piece of fine-grade sandpaper smooth the area and make it as flat as possible. You do not want to see any lumps leftover from the Spackling compound.

Damp Cloth

Run a damp cloth over the repaired hole after you have sanded it down to your satisfaction. Let it dry.

Add Paint

Next, repaint the area or add a texture accordingly to match the rest of the wall.