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Patch Small Holes in Drywall
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Fixing physical damage to drywall is fairly straightforward, and you’ll find many drywall repair products available for sale in hardware stores and online. But most damage can be patched with just a small piece of drywall, some finishing supplies, and a bit of spackle and paint. The tricky part of the job is getting the repair to blend in with the surrounding wall or ceiling. Unless you have some leftover paint from the surrounding surface and the paint job is less than a year old, your finished repair may not blend in as seamlessly as you’d like. You can try to have new paint color-matched at the paint store if you bring in a sample of the wall color (not always easy to obtain). You can also feather in the paint around the edges, so the transition is less obvious. However, in some cases you may need to repaint the entire wall to the corners to hide the difference. Be careful here, as you’ll quickly face a slippery slope: do you repaint the adjoining wall to blend with the wall you painted to blend with the repair? The chain can go on for some time.