This past spring/summer, my husband and I crammed a number of house projects into a span of about 3 months. I was pregnant and wanted to get as much done as humanly possible before the baby arrived in the fall. First, we moved my daughter into a new bedroom. (You can check out her new “big girl” room here.) Then, we redid our staircase and redecorated the entryway. Next, we painted and redecorated the guest room. And then, finally, we put together the nursery. Whew! I’m exhausted just recounting all of that on paper.
I love to fill my walls up with pictures and decor. So, when it comes to redoing a space, one of the first things we always do is fill in the existing nail holes. That way, if we don’t end up hanging things in the exact same spaces, we won’t have exposed holes all over the place.
It’s super easy to do and doesn’t take much time, or many supplies, at all.
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The first thing that needs to be done is remove the nails from the wall and find your holes.
Next, take the spackle, and fill the hole with just enough to fill it in. You don’t need a huge amount of spackle all over the wall – just enough to fill in the hole. (Although sometimes my husband gets a bit carried away. 😀 )
If you have a tub of spackle instead of a squeeze tube, as pictured, don’t worry. It’s still really simple. Just get a small amount of spackle on the end of the putty knife (or even just your finger), and smear it across the hole to fill it in.
Then, take your putty knife and scrape it flat across the nail hole to remove any excess spackle.
Let this dry for about an hour. Then, using a fine grade sandpaper (220-grit), lightly sand over the filled in nail hole until it is smooth.
If you aren’t repainting the entire room, all you need to do is touch up with a bit of the original paint.
This particular nail hole was in the room that we moved my daughter out of. We were transforming the room into my son’s nursery. So, we filled in all of the nail holes in the room, and repainted the whole thing.
The wall on the left in the above photo is the one I’ve been photographing – just to give you a better perspective on the finished wall. (To see the whole nursery, click here.)
As you can see, filling nail holes is so simple and definitely worth it!