How to Patch Drywall That has Texture

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One of the most common repairs in a home is repairing drywall. Walls are susceptible to dents, mars and holes, especially if you have children. Most anyone can easily complete minor drywall repairs. Textured drywall can be challenging to patch because you have to match the new texture to the old. This often takes several mixes to get the finish the same without noticing a drywall patch.

Things You'll Need

  • Drywall joint compound
  • Drywall tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray bottle
  • Cellulose sponge
  • Drywall pan
  • Finishing knives
  • Paint roller
  • Paint
  • Tape the hole or area that requires patching. For larger holes, fill the hole with wadded up newspaper and tape over it.

  • Apply a layer of drywall compound to the tape and smooth it with the finishing knife.

  • Allow the compound to dry overnight and lightly sand the compound until it is smooth with no rough edges.

  • Add a cup of drywall compound to your drywall pan. Add a few spoonfuls of water at a time and mix well until you have the consistency of thick cream.

  • Spray the patch lightly with water using a spray bottle. This helps the texture adhere to the wall.

  • Dip a cellulose sponge into the compound mixture and press it onto the patch. Pull up slowly in a rolling motion with the sponge to leave a texture on the wall. Experiment on a piece of cardboard until you get the right consistency. Changing the amount of water added to the compound will change the texture. For larger areas, use the same method with a roller. Place the roller on the wall and slowly lift up.

  • Paint over the texture once it is completely dry. If the texture does not match, spray it with the spray bottle and scrape it off. Remix the texture and apply again.

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