Oops! The Case of the Runaway Hole in the Wall

So there I was, sitting in my living room staring once again at that little bulging hole in the wall underneath the window. It was about the size of a thumbnail, with a couple of cracks running about three inches out from it.

Its location under the window made me concerned that the window might be leaking water and causing the damage. But aside from my water concerns, that little hole just irritated the heck out of me every time I looked at it.

For some reason this year I got it into my head that I was going to be some kind of do-it-yourself super warrior. So even though I’d never done any type of wall repair before, I set out to fix that annoying anomaly.

First I took my handy dandy utility knife (I absolutely LOVE my utility knife; it’s just so… utile), and cut out some of the wall sheetrock to see what I was dealing with.

Then I accidentally cut into a prior mesh patch (oops!) and ended up removing it. So I had a bigger hole to fix.

This was more than I had bargained for. I paused to consider my options. While pausing, I made a temporary patch using a pizza box and duct tape (I absolutely LOVE duct tape. It’s just so… ducky).

At least I didn’t have to look at that little hole in the wall anymore.

As the saying goes, “In for a penny, in for a pound.” I forged ahead, replacing the pizza box with sheetrock, and taping and mudding and sanding the new repair. The offending little hole spot now looked like this:

A little texture spray and new paint, and the wall under the window looks as good as new, except for the missing baseboard that I tore off. But that’s a totally different do-it-myself super warrior story.

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About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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24 Responses to Oops! The Case of the Runaway Hole in the Wall

  1. honestme363 says:

    That’s a great story! Reminds me of one of my DIY mishaps. Somehow when I cut the drywall the hole turned out to be as big as a t.v.?? My patchwork was less than stellar. There is a very big picture hanging there instead 😊

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  2. That’s brilliant, and so well told! I’m a big fan of the ‘pizza box and duct tape’ approach to DIY too. 😉

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  3. aekshots says:

    Good job Maggie, nice post.

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  4. Cris says:

    Great job in undoing an oops. 🙂

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  5. This is funny! 😉 Don’t know what to say. Congratulations?

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    LOL, of course it reminds us of all the old stories about calling a plumber instead of asking your husband to fix the little leak!! Very funny, thanks for sharing.

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  7. Tom says:

    I would see this as a real “wall”.

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  8. aj vosse says:

    From little holes come big repairs!! o_O

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  9. athling2001 says:

    Good for you! Don’t you just hate that moment when the simple little job snowballs into something way more?

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    • Maggie C says:

      It’s kind of turning into a game. Peeling a little chip of paint off the wall becomes a project of repainting the entire room when the “chip” turns into a big strip.. An expensive game, but fun as long as I can undo the damage. Thanks for commenting!

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  10. Arati says:

    Huge chuckle of delight in your finding the humor in all this 🙂

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