By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Repairing a hole or damage to a textured - knockdown, orange peel, or popcorn finish - in a wall or ceiling is a challenge because it's not easy to replicate and match to the surrounding textured surface. The damage can be from a wayward doorknob that bangs into a wall or a hole left from replacing a light fixture or home electronics. Whatever the reason, there's a solution to fix the damage without a lot of time or money.
The repair is easy, even for a first-time DIYer. It involves first repairing and cleaning the hole or surface, and then applying patching compound to fill the void and sanding it smooth. If it's a deep hole, more than one coat may be needed to build up the repaired area to be flush with the surface surrounding it. When the hole is repaired, use a Drywall Repair Tool to match the texture of the surface around the repair. The tool is a template that comes in one of three textures: fine, medium or heavy. Place the template over the patched area and apply the compound, then remove the template to let it dry. When the compound is dry, lightly sand the area to blend in with the surrounding surface. At a home center you'll also find sprays and sponges designed to recreate a textured surface.
You'll need your own putty knife and sandpaper to do the job. A handyman will charge $203 to make the repair, which includes labor and material; but you can buy the materials for $40 and save 80 percent by doing it yourself. To watch a video of how the repair tool works go to www.drywallrepairtool.com.
Complete the surface with a coat of paint, matching what's there or repainting the complete wall or ceiling if you don't have paint to match or if the paint is old and discolored.
The average price to repair textured drywall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.