drywall texture flubWalking through a customer’s home, the drywall texture really stood out. They had obviously done some repairs, but didn’t do it very well. It looked like the holes they patched were very small, probably some nail holes or wall anchor holes. Anyway, it looked like they had just gone through the house and smudged a giant 2” swath of spackle across a tiny little nail hole. Boy did that stand out.

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I’m not sure why they didn’t just fill in the tiny nail hole; they could have just smudged a little joint compound on the end of their finger and filled the hole.

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The goal here is to minimize the visual impact of the repair. Even if you don’t have any experience, you don’t have to just smudge a glop of compound on the wall. Once the compound starts to set you can use a toothbrush and some warm water. You want to slightly soften the surrounding area and bring the texture back out. Right now the voids are all filled with compound, but you can use the toothbrush to open them back up. Use a light swirling motion to clear out the smooth swath of compound from the wall. Dip the toothbrush in the water and swirl lightly. Of course the other option is to spray some texture on the wall, but the job really tends to grow when you do this.

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