Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tip for filling all those nail holes:)

I have one more day to finish up the painting I was hired to do, I put the first coat on today and tomorrow I'll go back and finish up. The first room I painted was red, it belongs to a teenage girl who is going to have a Marilyn Monroe theme. The room I painted today is for her sister, who is also a teen. Her room will be painted turquoise and she is going to decorate it using vintage New York decor! Wish I were able to get pics of the "afters"!

I told you in my last post that I would show you my tip for filling nail holes. I know, it doesn't seem necessary to write such a post, but really it is. I have painted a lot of rooms and I always see previous attempts at covering these holes without luck. I don't think you realize what you are left with if you simply fill the tiny hole with spackle, sand it off and paint. 

When you fill that tiny hole you are left with about a quarter size (or larger) area that is spackled, the problem is when you sand the area down, you are also sanding the texture off around that tiny hole, OR if you are heavy handed with the spackle you won't be able to sand it off without sanding your wall texture off. Either way, you are left with large smooth area around that tiny hole. It may not sound like a big deal but believe me, when you paint your walls you will have polka dots everywhere you filled a hole.

My solution to this problem is even easier than sanding, and there will be no compromise to your wall texture and leave you with "like new" walls.


Spackling covering holes. This particular spackle is pink when you apply it and when it's dry it turns white. I love it:)

Wiping it off with a wet rag will remove all the spackle from around the area

Leaving the surrounding texture in tack, no sanding required and no dust to clean up!

That's it, that easy.

Again, it may not sound like a big deal, but the red room that I painted had to have nail holes filled...............tons of nail's a teenage girls room!! You can't expect anything less:)

And one more tip, when hanging paper posters light weight pictures, etc. use straight pins. Straight pins, when nailed into the wall will leave such a small hole that paint will cover them, and they are surprisingly strong if nailed in until about a quarter of an inch is sticking out to hang things on. Most of my gallery wall pictures are hung using straight pins.


  1. Those are great tips, Rhonda. I've used the pink stuff in the past and it does work great!

    1. Thanks JoAnne, just thought I'd throw that out there for the newbies that are just starting out:)


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