Sometimes a drywall repair is easily covered with paint and no one’s the wiser, but this isn’t always the case. If you have a drywall repair that stands out like a sore thumb and painting doesn’t cover the repair, you can disguise it instead. Textured paints, fabric and furniture are fast, temporary options for disguising a drywall repair, or you can use joint compound to smooth out imperfections.
Sometimes a drywall repair simply needs refinishing to blend in with the rest of the wall. Spread a smooth, thin layer of joint compound over the repaired area with a joint knife. Extend the compound past the repaired area and feather the edges to smooth the mud so it is level with the surrounding wall. Let the joint compound dry for at least 24 hours. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper, such as 220-grit, or a drywall sanding block. Wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove the dust. If there are cracks or imperfection, you may have to repeat the application to smooth these out. When you’re done, prime the wall and paint, and your repair should be invisible.
Textured paints can hide a lot of imperfections and they’re easy to apply. The spray can label will typically have a picture of the finished texture to help you decide which you prefer. Before you spray, test the texture on a piece of cardboard. This helps you get used to the spraying action so you can get a feel for proper application. Apply the texture to the repaired wall beginning at the upper corner of the wall and working your way across and down in 4-foot-square sections. Spray in a smooth, continuous motion rather than starting and stopping. Once the wall is covered, let it to dry. If you’re not comfortable using a spray paint, texture paint is also available in brush-on formulations that mix paint with sand or other solids to create a range of texture effects. Each has its own recommended roller type. For example, some textures require a looped roller while others can be applied with a standard paint roller. Read the label to make sure you use the right one.
If budget constraints prevent you from refinishing the wall to disguise a drywall repair, furniture provides a quick and free option. The type of furniture to use depends on where the repair is. Repairs that are on the lower part of the wall are easily hidden by a sofa or chair, while those higher up can be concealed by folding screens of bookcases. If you’re working with a small space, pictures, artwork or mirrors hung over the repair provide a quick disguise and won’t take up valuable space.
Fabric offers a simple solution to disguising drywall repairs that can also add some visual interest and texture to your décor. Create a curtain wall to give the illusion of an extra window in the space. Install a curtain rod near the ceiling and hang your curtains, making sure that the fabric just brushes the floor. Depending on your décor, you have several options for fabric and color. Lighter colors and fabrics will brighten a small space, while dark or bold colors or patterned fabrics can create an accent wall to bring everything together in a large space. Hanging a large mirror over the repair behind sheer fabrics gives the illusion of an extra window.