Terrified of putting nail holes in your drywall or sheetrock? Calm down. You too can have a gallery wall if you want it because fixing holes in drywall is easy but there is a right way to do it. And toothpaste ain't it.
People seem to be terrified of the strangest things. Green smarties, Sasquatch, ageing naturally and gracefully. I'm all for ageing in the most unnatural way possible by the way and am currently experimenting with red light therapy for an upcoming post.
The other thing people are unreasonably terrified of is putting nail holes in their walls. Your face I can understand, I mean a hole in your face is definitely going to be harder to fix than a hole in a wall.
With a hole in your wall you can stick a "Dogs Playing Pool" poster over it or the more refined "Naked Fireman Holding Rescued Kitten".
I mean, it'll look ridiculous, but not as ridiculous as if you stuck one of those posters over a hole in your face.
I've deduced, that people aren't terribly afraid of hammering the nail in, it's what to do when you take it out. Because once you take that nail out you are left with ... THE DREADED NAIL HOLE.
So what to do? Well, much like if your face has a big indentation in it, you fill it up with filler.
You can buy a tub of drywall compound at the hardware store for between $5 and $10. Premixed, ready to go.
You might even have some in your basement that you bought when you first moved into your house thinking you were going to be very handy home improvement whiz but instead - hung up fireman posters.
If that's the case your compound is probably dried out BUT you can fix dried up drywall compound. Just add water to it and mix it.
You'll also need a putty knife. That's what I'm using here. It's a flexible thin metal blade.
DRYWALL REPAIR TIP
If you're buying drywall compound and a putty knife make sure the putty knife you buy is small enough to fit inside the tub of drywall compound.
If you don't have one and you're only filling small nail holes you can use anything stiff but also flexible. Like your retired Blockbuster video rental card! Or any other plastic credit card type thing.
Don't worry, you don't have to do all this stuff you see in the photo above, this is me patching an entire wall with joint compound, tape, etc.
I have for you today a very, very short video on how to PROPERLY fill a small hole. That means there will be no use of drywall tape, toothpaste, cat hair, ski goggles, shaving cream or nail polish in these instructions.
Oh wait! You have a bigger hole? That's O.K. Those are easy to fix too. Have a look at my post on how to patch drywall.
So there you have it. Filling nail holes is not very hard, definitely nothing to be afraid of and the very first thing you should do before you paint your walls with a new coat of paint.
You may have noticed a small indent in the wall when I painted it. That was some other indent that didn't choose to reveal itself until I painted over it. It wasn't the nail hole. Just some angry, angry, vindictive wall scar impersonating as a nail hole. Mainly just for attention I think.
Now that you're not afraid of filling nail holes you might want to graduate to learning how to make a gallery wall.
Kitten and fireman posters are strongly discouraged.