How to Patch 3/8″ Holes

When I moved into my house, I had four shelves awkwardly hung on one of my closet walls. (I have now moved them to my garage) They stuck out farther than the door which made them always be in the way and did not have much storage space.

I quickly decided to take the shelves down and put a shoe rack against the wall instead but taking the shelves down meant having many pretty large holes in the wall.

Lucky for me, I always have Spackle around the house.  Typically, I buy the Spackle that goes on white because I like that it seems to have a more gritty texture.  Although that may be my imagination. But, last time I went to the store, I actually got my Spackle from Walmart and pink is all they had.

Good news though, pink Spackle makes for easy demonstrations.

Step 1: Put a small amount of Spackle on a putty knife or your finger.  I prefer to use my finger for these small jobs and only use a putty knife for large holes.

Step 2: Fill the hole with as much plaster as can fit and smooth as much as possible.  If the hole is large, it will not fill all the way at this step. Just add as much as will fit without making a bump on the wall.

Step 3: Repeat the process for all holes and then let dry.  With this Spackle, I knew it was dry when it turned completely white.  



Step 4: Add a small second coat to completely fill the holes. Notice that I didn’t go out nearly as far because I was applying significantly less Spackle for the second coat. I also used my finger to add a little texture to the patch rather than making it smooth.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 for all holes.

Step 6. Let dry overnight (or at least until dry and hard)

Step 7: Take a piece of high grit sand paper and lightly buff over the tops of all of the patches so the texture will look more uniform.

Step 8: I will eventually get to this step…  But, the wall now needs to be painted.  If you have touch up paint, great!  That makes this really easy.  For me, the house was all painted in flat paint when I moved in and I’ve since changed to semi-gloss but have yet to paint the closet.  I guess this will be a winter project.  But what color?  Anyways…to paint the wall, I’d suggest putting a quick coat over the patches first since they will soak up a lot of paint.  After they dry, paint the entire wall including the patches.

Did you notice the jewelry hanging?  Here’s how I’ve got it laid out.  They are hanging with clear push pins. 🙂

 

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Master Bathroom Upgrade – On a Budget!

Master Bathroom Update On a Budget

When I bought my house, one of the major downfalls was that the Master bathroom was extremely small!  I quickly looked the other way though as I was delighted to have a walk in closet in two bedrooms and that the laundry is upstairs between all of the bedrooms.
After living with the small bathroom, I knew I had to make a change.  I didn’t have any storage except for a small square on the bottom of the cabinet for cleaning supplies (the first picture is from the previous owner’s listing of the house. I didn’t have a shelf for above the toilet), the sink was extremely high for my 5’2″ stance, and you couldn’t have the cabinet and the door opened at the same time.
So, I took to the books to figure out how I could make my bathroom more functional and on a budget!  The standard cost of remodeling a small bathroom is 5% of a house’s value or approximately $10,000 for my house.  Since I didn’t replace the toilet or shower/tub, one would expect to spend quite a bit less.  Let’s say staying under $3500 would be considered a win.  How much do you think this remodel costs?  Leave a comment before reading further!
Master Bathroom

I completed my bathroom project a few steps at a time and ended up finishing under $500.

Here’s how I did it!
  • To purchase most of the materials for Step 1, I opened a Home Depot credit card to get the discount. They offered 5% off originally but I knew better as I had seen other’s get more off for opening a card.  I ended up getting 25% off.
  • I got out my pink tools and DIY’d my way around having to pay a contractor (Tutorial to come with bathroom #2’s remodel).
  • Paint:  Now here’s the cool part.  I had a ton of leftover paint from other projects, so I mixed some green, blue, white, and gray together and came up with Kari’s Crystal Castle!  My home-made recycled color!  I actually fell in love with this color and had Home Depot match it for me and make a few gallons for other areas of my house.
  • I waited to redo the floors until I was redoing all of the floors in my house.  I’m estimating that the bathroom used 1 box of wood an the underlay an protector. All when in comparison to the rest of the house, should be around $75.  The floor is the only part I hired out.  There is no way I was about to cut around all of those edges!

 

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The Front Porch

May 30, 2013 – Day 57 continued

When I moved in to my house, the front door was painted red and very faded so I bought some semi-gloss exterior brown paint.  The addition of the screen door allows so much light into the house and provides security.  I of course was not the one to put up the door.  However, I did put the swing together and it didn’t fall apart when I sat on it!

 

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