Content of the material
- 3 Reasons for Holes in the Wall
- 1. You Want to Hang a Picture
- 2. You Want to Mount a TV
- 3. You Want New Window Curtains / Blinds
- How do you drill a hole in a condo ceiling?
- Tools needed:
- Sandpaper (100-150 grit)
- Putty Knife
- Premixed plaster filler or “spackle”
- Drywall repair tape
- Patching Peeled Paint
- Is it OK to drill holes in rented apartment?
- Method 2: Fix a Hole in the Wall with Homemade Sealant
- What You Need To Fill Nail Holes
- Now, we wait
- How do you fill holes in wall without putty?
- Take photos
- 4. Floor & Carpet Stains
- Too big of a hole to fix?
3 Reasons for Holes in the Wall
1. You Want to Hang a Picture
Perhaps the most common reason you would want to put holes in your apartment walls is to hang pictures or other décor. This is a very legitimate reason. Hanging pictures, shelves or other decorations will help personalize your space to who you are.
The typical method for hanging pictures is to drive a few small nails into the wall. And, of course, this will result in holes in the wall.
In my opinion, it’s no longer necessary to use nails for small wall ornaments or picture frames, unless the frames are truly massive. That’s because we now have adhesive fasteners like Command Strips, that can do the job just as well without requiring holes in the wall.
If you haven’t used Command Strips before, I highly recommend them. I’ve used them extensively, across several different apartments, and they work really well. I’ve even hung a 2-foot by 3-foot whiteboard with Command Strips.
If you’d like to learn more about Command Strips, you can find them here on Amazon (note: we get commissions on Amazon sales at no extra cost to you).
One thing you should pay attention to when you get Command Strips, is to buy the right size for what you plan to hang. They make different Command Strips based on the weight of the picture (or other item) that you intend to hang, so just keep that in mind. Alright, now let’s talk TVs.
2. You Want to Mount a TV
Another common reason you may want to put holes in your apartment walls is to hang a high definition TV. I get why you would want to do that, because it can make your room look cleaner. Plus, buying a mounting kit can be cheaper than buying a TV stand that sits on the floor.
The downside is that TVs are often heavy, and the weight would make it necessary to drill holes in your apartment walls to secure the mounting kit (Command Strips can’t handle that much weight). The ideal way to do this is to drill into studs in your apartment walls and then screw-in the mounting kit.
This will most likely require you to drill at least four holes into the studs of your apartment walls to secure the mounting kit onto the wall. Then, you’ll have to hang the TV onto the mounting kit so that it doesn’t fall off.
I know that there are people who do stuff like that in an apartment, but personally, I would at least want to get written permission from my landlord before trying something of that scale.
Instead of hanging our TV, we actually just use a simple TV stand that I bought online about 3 years ago. It has an Oak finish that will fit in with a lot of different styles, and it has worked out well for us. They’re also relatively cheap, and they still sell the same model on Amazon here. (note: we get commissions on Amazon sales at no extra cost to you).
Alright, now let’s touch-on window treatments.
3. You Want New Window Curtains / Blinds
Apartments will typically feature the most generic, basic, and inexpensive window blinds that the landlord can purchase. This will save them money while still providing their tenants with the privacy that they require. However, this is not great for the design of your space.
As such, you may want to put holes in your apartment walls to either hang new blinds and/or put curtains up. While this will certainly spruce up rooms and make them more personal, we again have the problem of putting holes into walls and possibly into the window trim, which is hard to patch.
Curtains can also be a challenge to install, as you have to make sure the brackets on both sides (and sometimes the middle) are level, while also making sure that you drill properly into studs in the wall. Most curtain rods will require you to drill at least three holes in the wall and up to six or seven. This is a lot of work to install and repair.
The good news is that Command Strips can often take care of this problem. They make adhesive hooks that come in a variety of modern colors/styles, and they are strong enough to hold the weight of your typical window curtains. Check-out these metallic bronze ones that we are using to hold up the black-out curtains in our bedroom.
If you want to try something similar in your apartment, you can find this kind of Command Strip hooks on Amazon here. (note: we get commissions on Amazon sales at no extra cost to you).
How do you drill a hole in a condo ceiling?
Set up the overhead drill press. Secure the drill into the press and then raise it until the bit almost touches the ceiling. Move the overhead press to line the drill bit up with your mark and then lock the wheels in place to prevent movement while drilling. Raise the drill again until the bit touches the ceiling.
Sandpaper (100-150 grit)
The sandpaper will help you smooth everything out before you paint. You will only need one sheet of sandpaper to complete a small repair project.
Putty knives are not knives, but a flat piece of metal you will use to apply and smooth out the plaster. It is helpful to get a wide one, like this, to create a seamless patch.
Premixed plaster filler or “spackle”
This premixed plaster or “spackle” is what covers the wall, making a nice smooth surface to paint over.
Ask your landlord what color and finish of paint is on your walls, as you will have to paint over the patched-up wall to make it look like nothing ever happened.Roost Tip! Take a paint chip to a paint store to color match the original paint. Or ask your landlord for the color. If you paint with a different shade, it may not be good enough to get your security deposit back because your property manager will need to re-paint to remove the noticeable spot.
Pick up a cheap paintbrush at the store. You do not need an expensive paintbrush since you are only going to use it once.
Drywall repair tape
If you need to repair large holes (up to two inches wide), you can use drywall repair tape. This tape gives the plaster structure to adhere to when covering larger than nail-sized holes.
To save time, you can simply purchase a drywall repair kit.
Patching Peeled Paint
I want to share one other small patching project you might encounter: peeled paint. This has actually happened to us a few times, most recently when I went to remove the towel bar above the boys’ toilet.
The boys can’t reach the towel bar and don’t use it, so I thought it was a great place to hang some art. Lo and behold when I remove the towel bar, I discovered that whoever painted this bathroom didn’t bother to take the towel rods down, leaving white patches under the bar returns. Unfortunately, my frame wasn’t big enough to hide the mess, so I had another patch job to undertake!
You might encounter similar peeled paint when removing art that’s been on the wall for a while, shelves hung really snug on glossy paint, vinyl decals, Command Strips (if not removed properly) and more. Although you may be tempted to slap some paint on the gash and call it a day, using the same patching method can help create a smoother, cleaner result.
After sanding the raw edges with the cap of the same 3M tool, I used more putty along the peeled paint edges and across the entire gash to create a smooth surface.
Although we will have to hang the towel rod back up before moving out, at least we don’t have unsightly gashes to look at in the meantime!
There are lots of ways to fill holes in your walls. We love the quickness and ease of the 3M All-In-One Patch Tool…especially when we’re moving out and have lots and lots of holes to fill at one time. My goal with this post was to show you how really easy it is, so you won’t be scared to actually hang stuff on your walls and make your home more YOU!See You Soon! Megan
Is it OK to drill holes in rented apartment?
Generally, rental contracts spell out what you are and aren’t allowed to do to decorate your apartment. The don’ts typically include painting walls, removing or painting kitchen cabinets, drilling holes in the walls or altering flooring.
Method 2: Fix a Hole in the Wall with Homemade Sealant
For an even stronger, faster way to repair a hole in the wall, add a little baking soda to a drop of super glue to form a super-strength sealant. Use a toothpick to combine the two, then follow the steps below:
Next, follow the steps below:
- Put on rubber gloves to be sure that this super-strength, fast-drying glue never comes in contact with your skin.
- Immediately apply the mixture directly to the wall.
- After it dries, start sanding the hard, plastic-like finish until it’s flush with the wall.
Not only is this fix effective for small holes, but it can solve cracks in corner walls too!
What You Need To Fill Nail Holes
There are lots of ways to fill nails holes in your walls, but if you’re looking to get the job done with the least amount of time, effort, and supplies, here is what you need:
- 3M All-In-One Small Hole Repair Tool – This one item has everything you need: putty, scraper, and sander in one handy, inexpensive tube!
- Matching Paint – Usually, small test jars are more than enough.
- Paint Brush or Small Roller
- It’s important that you consider the existing paint “texture” on your walls when determining what paint application method to use. If your walls are super textured or your nail holes are small, a paint brush is likely sufficient. If you need to cover larger areas and/or your walls were painted smooth or with a slight texture, make sure you use a roller with the matching texture.
Now, we wait
After a few hours, inspect the spackled area. If the drywall surface area still seems uneven, you can add another coat the same way — again, use the putty knife and spread the spackle over the area and let it dry for a few hours. You can repeat this as many times as necessary until you get a flush layer to the rest of the wall.
Once you’ve finished applying the spackle and it’s dried, you can use the sandpaper to smooth out any bumps in the drywall before you paint over it.
Now that the area is smoothed out, you can go over it with the paint. Using a paint brush or a paint roller, cover the surface area evenly with one coat of paint. Wait a few hours for the paint to dry, then add another coat. To ensure that the drywall spackle is completely covered and blends into the rest of the wall, you’ll want to do at least two coats of paint.
This process also works for old nail holes, or small cracks or openings in your drywall.
How do you fill holes in wall without putty?
Top DIY ways how to fill nail holes in the wall:
Toothpaste works best for small holes in the wall, particularly because it tends to crack. To avoid cracking, crush up some aspirin into powder, and mix it with a bit of toothpaste to create a paste. Then, apply the toothpaste-aspirin mix to the wall and let dry.
This isn’t a repair but is crucial to getting more of your deposit back. Take photos of the current state of everything in the apartment that you couldn’t fix yourself.
Having this documentation helps as a later defense, in case your landlord takes too much out of the security deposit. Having photos will work much better than your word against theirs in case things end up in front of small claims court.
4. Floor & Carpet Stains
Nothing says “good party” like stains on the floor and carpet. The one right there was the first spilled beer. That one was where Matt puked, barely missing the poker table. And the one in the corner you’re trying to forget, so please don’t ask. Yep, “good party.”
However, these stains also have a tendency to make your landlord say “I’m keeping your security deposit.” So let’s see what we can do about getting rid of them. As we’ve already mentioned, the best way to cure a stain is to prevent it. That is, by cleaning up a spill before it has the chance to become a stain. This is easier than you think. Here are the basic supplies you need:
A bunch of shop rags. Hardware and auto parts stores sell bags or boxes of towels & rags. These come in handy when the need arises to sop up a mess. If you don’t have — or run out of — shop rags, any of the following will do in a pinch: paper towels, napkins, bath towels, newspapers, etc.
All-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle (Simple Green is my personal fave). Great for preventing stains, especially on floors.
Baking soda is the duct tape of the cleaning world. It has so many uses you will want to keep some right next to your pillow. Well, maybe not tha close. Use baking soda to soak up colorful stains, like red wine or coffee, or in any cleaning emergency.
Carpet cleaner. This stuff is good for getting messes out of the shag (hairs) of a carpet. It works well for just about any kind of spill — even nasty stuff, like urine or poo from your pets. Or from your drunk friends.
Tip: If your friends take drunken poops on your carpet, they may not be your friends. Even if you personally invited them to the party, they may not be your friends.
Keep all this stuff in a handy spot, like under the kitchen sink. When something spills, the first thing to do is soak it up. Put some shop rags down on the spill and let it soak into the rags. This is called blotting. It’s better than wiping, because it soaks the stain up, rather than rubbing it in.
If the spill is something solid, like a turd or a gooey chocolate brownie, pick it up as best you can without wiping. Wiping only spreads the mess into the carpet. Once you’ve soaked or picked up the mess, put some cleaner down. Carpet cleaner on the carpet, all-purpose cleaner on the floor. If you want, throw a little baking soda down there too. Let the cleaner soak in for a bit, then put some more dry rags over it. In the case of carpet cleaner, you normally wait till it dries, then vacuum it up.
Tip: Red wine spill? Rubbing salt into the spill will prevent a stain. Should work the same with grape juice. If you still drink grape juice.
But who are we kidding? You didn’t clean up the stain right away. You let it sit and fester, and it turned different colors. Now it looks like a clown had food poisoning.
Removing stains once they’ve set in is basically the same, just a little harder. If you spilled something on the carpet long ago, and the stain is already set, there is still hope. Go rent a carpet cleaner from your hardware store. This is basically a fancy vacuum cleaner, except that it washes your carpet. Follow the instructions that come with it (don’t worry it’s easy).
As for the floor, most stains should come right up with a mop, a bucket of strong all-purpose cleaner (diluted with water, like it says on the directions), and a bit of good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Tip: A very effective and all-natural household cleaner can be created with baking soda and household vinegar. When combined, they create a chemical reaction and fizz up, like your 3rd grade science fair volcano. All this activity is good, because it shakes things loose. Things like dirt and dookey and pizza and beer.
Too big of a hole to fix?
Sometimes a hole is too big or in too difficult of a spot for you to fix it yourself. If the hole is more than a foot wide or is bigger than you think you can handle, you might not want to fix it yourself. The hole could also expose pipes, wires or studs; in which case, you could end up causing more damage by trying to fix it yourself. If any of this is true, it might be a good idea to contact your landlord about the problem. Getting your security deposit back is nice, but you don’t want to end up in a worse situation than you started in.