We’ve done a good bit of patching lately. Here’s the tried and true method.
Step 1: make your ugly hole:
Step 2: make a template of the hole:
use any circles or other shapes you need to make it perfect
Step 3: Cut out template from drywall. We used a Roto-zip but a drywall saw works too.
Steps 7-10: sand, mud, repeat
Step 11: Prime
(Stefan’s blurry but look how good that ceiling looks. Also, this is THE book. I was holding it up so Stefan could see the diagram for how to wire a 4-way switch.)
And Voila… no more holes in the ceiling.
Oh, and I forgot to mention steps 14 and 15… vacuum, mop, repeat to get all that sanding dust off the floor… lots of dust…
The real key here is the sand, mud, repeat step. If you don’t worry too much about getting it perfect and plan on several rounds of sand-mud-repeat, you’ll end up with a nice smooth finish. It’s messy but once you’ve sanded once, another round isn’t going to add much in the way of clean-up.
We’d love to hear any of your patching tips in the comments!
Sarah (and Stefan, mudder extraordinaire!)