Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Are you guys ready to get your DIY on?  I hope so, ’cause Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont is here today to fill us in on one of the handy skills she’s learned by remodeling her own home.

Welcome to Heardmont

You’ve been following along with all of her renovations, right?  If not, then you’ve got to check out Meredith’s master bathroom to sneak a peek at her most recent project – I think you’ll be impressed!

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Hello It’s Great to Be Home readers! I’m Meredith Heard from Welcome to Heardmont and I’m so happy Liz asked me to be here today. My husband Stephen and I have been remodeling our 1980s rancher, lovingly nicknamed Heardmont, since 2008. We’ve done 99% of the renovations ourselves and three years later, we’ve learned a little about a lot of things, from installing can lights to remodeling bathrooms and beyond.

One room that required a lot of attention when we moved in was our VERY 1980s kitchen. To give you an idea of where we started, here’s how our kitchen looked the day we bought our house.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

And here’s how it looks today.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Some of the first projects we tackled in this room were scraping the popcorn ceiling and replacing the fluorescent light with four beautiful can lights. Can you blame us? That ceiling was pretty awful!

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Being the novice DIYers that we were, we didn’t realize they made light switch boxes especially for remodeling. So, when we installed our new lighting, we bought a “new construction” box and proceeded to cut a giant hole in our wall in order to hammer the box into the stud.

This is what I’m talking about. Nasty.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

We got an outrageous quote from a handyman to patch this hole and decided we’d figure out how to do it ourselves. Here’s how we did it!

Tutorial: How to Patch Drywall

Supplies:
1. Piece of drywall
2. Drywall saw
3. Utility knife with drywall blade
4. Scrap piece of wood or two
5. 3″ drywall screws
6. Glue (We used Elmer’s craft glue)
7. Spackel to blend the patch with your wall
8. Primer and paint to match your wall

Step 1: Using a drywall saw (like the one pictured below, found here) cut the edges of the hole you want to patch so that it is nice and square.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 2: If your hole exposes a stud, you can attach your drywall patch directly to that stud. If not, you’ll have to attach a scrap piece of wood to a neighboring stud as a brace.

Since we were working around a switch box on the other side of the wall and having to leave space for a new one, our brace (bottom left) isn’t ideal. If we were strictly patching the hole, we could have put 2 cross braces in between the studs and everything would have been hunky-dory.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 3: Cut a new piece of drywall so that it is several inches bigger than your hole on all four sides. For this you will need a utility knife with a blade made especially for your drywall like this one (found here).

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Here’s a good method to cut drywall. With your knife, score the drywall along the four sides of your square. Then “snap” it by folding it along those score lines. Flip it over and score the other side of the drywall along your creases. This will create nice clean edges on your patch that is now cut down to size.

Step 4: Score the BACK side of your drywall patch (the part that will be inside the wall) to the size of your hole.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 5: Snap the drywall along these four score lines and PEEL the drywall away from the paper backing on the other side. You can see I’ve done this on two sides already in the photo below.

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Here is what your patch should look like now.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 6: Test out your patch to see if it fits in the hole. If not, shave away at the sides until it fits!

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Since we knew we’d be installing a light switch box in this section of the drywall, we went ahead and cut the hole for the box in the patch.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 7: Put the patch in the hole. You’ll notice the paper we left along the edges overlaps the “good” drywall on the wall behind it. With your utility knife, score through the paper layer on the edges of your patch AND through the paper on the drywall behind the patch.

This is the very important SECRET step! It is how your patch will blend into your wall without looking lumpy around the edges!

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 8: Remove the patch and peel away the paper layer you just cut through on your wall.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

This is how the edges of your hole should look after peeling away the paper (and paint and bits of whatever else were on your wall!).
Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 9: Test your patch and make any adjustments. Then drill pilot holes through your patch into the brace (or stud) you will attach it to. Once you have your pilot holes, attach the patch to the brace using drywall screws.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Look at how pretty that fit is! See how the paper from the patch fits within the area we peeled from the original drywall?

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 10: Glue the paper along the edges of the patch to the drywall beneath it. We used Elmer’s glue because that’s what we had. Then spackel over the edges of your patch to hide any seams or screws.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 11: After your spackel dries, sand it down for a nice smooth finish.

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 12: Prime and paint!

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

Step 13: Enjoy your newly patched drywall and dare your guests to spot the patch!!

Guest Blogger: Meredith from Welcome to Heardmont

I hope you found this tutorial useful and that I made it sound easy enough for you to try it yourself. We actually saved ourselves over $150 doing this patchwork ourselves, and I don’t think a pro could have done a better job!

A huge thanks to Liz for welcoming me to It’s Great to Be Home today. If you want to see the other projects we’ve done in our kitchen click here, or go here to see a full tour of our home at Welcome to Heardmont. Thanks again Liz!

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Meredith, what a fab tutorial!  Thanks so much for playing with us today.  :)  Are you guys ready to tackle drywall now?

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Comments

  1. Emily S. says:

    Wow, what a handy thing to know! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us!

  2. Hey! I just came from the Heardmont blog… another one of my favorite daily reads… :)

    Great tutorial, but you still won’t find me patching drywall. I just don’t have the finesse. I’ll leave this job up to my husband… :)

  3. Katrina says:

    Your kitchen is really pretty – so looking forward to reading more about your before and afters – thanks for the dry wall tip :)

  4. christy says:

    Wow you are REALLY handy! And your kitchen before and after is really quite spectacular! I’d love to tackle something like that. Great tutorial; looking forward to perusing your blog!

  5. Aimee says:

    Wow Meredith! I just looked through the previous comments and mine is the THIRD that starts with “wow!” Pretty snazzy entry today, which was detailed enough with words and pictures to make me almost believe I could do this also! You kitchen transformation was fabulous!

  6. Jen Rames says:

    Gorgeous kitchen! Super impressed with the drywall…I would be terrified of such a big hole. Great tutorial!
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  7. I’m glad that I came over from Welcome to Heardmont. What a great tutorial, Meredith! I’m definitely bookmarking… although I don’t have any drywall holes… yet!
    -Andrea

  8. Thanks for all the lovely comments ladies! We are super proud of how our kitchen is coming along – especially since we haven’t replaced anything major like countertops, cabinetry, or flooring (yet)!

    It sounds like some of you might just be ready to take on drywall patching for yourself. Best of luck and remember, You Can Do It! :D
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  9. Kristy Swain says:

    Good to know the paper trick. I hadn’t thought of that!
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