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Home Improvement: Spackle and Paint

When you paint those walls (or have them painted) save a small container of your paint in an airtight container. When you are putting things on the walls – yeh, you can measure all you want, but sometimes that wire on the back of the mirror or heavy painting is just a little longer than it should be. It happens to everyone, even the pros.

When I was an Army wife, our houses had to pass inspection before we moved on. I was GOOD. I learned how to mix a little spackle and paint, and use a toothpick to seal the holes.

Once the hold is sealed, use a paper towel or kleenex or toothbrush (in a pinch your clean finger) to make the surface a little rougher, otherwise the spackled area stands out because it is smoother than the surrounding area. Using a toothpick works best for filling in small holes, if you have a larger area, use a popsicle stick or small spatula. Having a little paint of the original wall color mixed in to the spackle makes the fill invisible. 🙂

(Whenever I use spackle, I think of my sister Sparkle, who calls oatmeal ‘spackle’, LOL!)

July 7, 2010 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Experiment, Home Improvements, Humor, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Renovations


  1. As serial renters, we learned some of the same tricks. Amazing what can be done with almost nothing. lol

    Comment by DaisyMae | July 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. As I recall, many of my friends used white toothpaste. The AF didn’t want us to fill them ourselves so the white toothpaste made it easier for them to find the holes.LOL!!!

    Comment by momcat | July 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. DaisyMae – necessity being the mother of invention, LOL!

    Momcat 🙂 At first, I used toothpaste because it was usually available, but you are right, it leaves a shiny surface. It was in Navy housing that I learned the spackle trick, and about adding a little paint. I also learned about using nail polish to ‘heal’ a chipped floor tile!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. When it comes to home improvements, there are some things that you can also actually increases the overall value of your home. Well, there are plenty of big projects, like adding another room and the relief landscape can be done. Those that give a sharp rise in value, but that kind of money to improve a project, the house, just to increase the value? Most people want these tips and tricks that will not break the bank, but to continue to increase their value.

    Comment by | July 17, 2010 | Reply

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