We had a built-in ironing board in our mudroom that circa 1990-something that would never be used.
See that beauty back there on the wall?
I made the best of it and painted it with chalkboard paint to use as a calendar among other projects in here such as painting the cabinets and swapping out the tile.
Let’s be real- I was never going to use the ironing board so I removed it…leaving a gaping hole in the wall.
So, if you find yourself with a hole larger than a mesh patch kit can handle than this blog is for you!!!
- Wood screws
- Scrap wood for support
- Drill/screw driver
- Drywall tape
- Drywall mud or joint compound (I bought premixed)
- Joint knife- a wide and wider to spread mud
Here we go….
First step is to add a brace inside the drywall to attach the new drywall patch.
I envisioned horizontal supports but there wasn’t any space side to side.
Grabbed some scrap wood, cut it slightly longer than the hole vertically and used wood screws to attach it.
Secured the board at the top and bottom with wood screws.
I bought 2×2 Patch Panels at Lowe’s. It was just easier to bring home than a 4×8 sheet but will also need smoothing where my pieces meet vs one long patch. Measured the width of the hole and marked it.
Used my jigsaw to cut along the line then popped it into place. My cute supervisor was a bit of an obstacle.
Voila. I added 3 rows of wood screws securing the drywall patch to the board. Repeat sections or if you have one large piece attach it in full.
Next, take some joint compound on your joint knife/putty knife and spread it lightly across all seams.
Cut your drywall joint tape with scissors and press into the joint compound.
Spread the compound over the tape then use a wider joint knife to “fan” out the compound beyond the patched area.
Hole? What hole? This is after one coat of mudding before it dried (gotta use the right lingo🤣). Let it dry overnight then lightly sand and touch up.
I didn’t worrying much about sanding and blending to perfection because I created a faux brick wall over it.
Really not a bad process at all. I never knew it was this simple.