Not long ago a friend tripped in our hallway while wheeled his bike down it, leaving a handle bar shaped dent in the hallway plaster :/ We have a house inspection coming up soon, so I am wanting to patch the hole and looking at options. I have gotten a couple of quotes from tradies, but they are asking a fair chunk of cash including time and materials for a very small project, so thinking I might be able to do this myself and learn a new skill.
My main question is the cost of materials, particulalrly the colour matched paint. What is the smallest amount I can buy and rough price, possibly a sample pot, as I think this would be the biggest expense. After that I'm sure I can find a YouTube video on the process. If anyone has any advice, that would be appreciated!
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I'm sure all Workshop members will encourage you to tackle this one yourself as it's a quick and easy fix.
Take a look at this recent discussion from a member in a very similar situation - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Whole-of-House/Patching-holes-in-the-wall/td-p/19360
As I mentioned on the other post, I would recommend you start here - How to fix a hole in a plaster wall. It includes the tools and materials that you will need. I will also embed the video below.
I'll also tag one of our resident paint experts in @Simon who might like to share the best approach for colour matching the paint.
Definitely do it yourself @Fendogz. You'll be fine. I reckon only an hour or two of your time.
Shopping list for you:
Little tub of filler - $6 - https://www.bunnings.com.au/earl-s-multfill-ready-to-use-filler-0-140kg-white_p1661244
Paint scraper - $4 - https://www.bunnings.com.au/uni-pro-75mm-carbon-steel-filling-blade_p1670148
Paint roller kit - $10 - https://www.bunnings.com.au/monarch-230mm-pro-renovator-all-purpose-roller-kit_p1661273
Cutting in brush (optional, but makes things easier for getting a great result) - $11 - https://www.bunnings.com.au/monarch-50mm-cutting-in-and-framing-synthetic-paint-brush_p1660278
I'd suggest not getting a sample pot but something like one litre so you can do the entire wall. That way the paint match doesn't have to be absolutely perfect and you'll never be able to tell where the hole was. If you can dig out the indent then you could take that bit of plaster to the paint desk for colour matching.
Hope that helps.
+1 to the DIY approach.
Just make sure you get a big enough sample of the wall colour for the colour match. That 20c sized hole might not be enough. You might want to cut out something a little bigger.
Thanks for the reply and detailed list Marty. I reckon I'll give it a go myself. Not too sure if I'll go for teh full wall option, as I live in sort of a long skinny house so that wall is almost the length of my whole place!
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