How to Fix Nail Holes in your Wall

Now that I finally shared the beans on our new home, I’m in full on MOVING MODE! Cue the hyperventilating, mile-long to-do list, and chaos of trying to pack while still living in a tiny space. Eek.

Besides packing up boxes, we also have a few maintenance issues to attend to in our rental. And by maintenance I mean we need to make our walls look smooth, fresh, and gallery wall free. Because right now they’re full of frames and art…


As I mentioned in my “How to Decorate a Rental” post I’m all about making holes in those walls to truly make a space your own. Don’t be afraid of nail holes my friends. It’s well worth it to create a cozy, personalized home and spend some extra time before move-out fixing tiny nail holes. Today I’m going to prove to you just how easy it is to make those nail holes disappear!

Here’s what you’ll need…

DIY Suppliesnail-hole-supplies

Steps to Fix Nail Holes

take-nail-off-wall1. Take down your wall art and remove the nail. You may be able to do this with your fingers if not a hammer should work.


2. Now you’re left with an itty bitty nail hole that needs to be filled. Instead of taking a ton of spackle and smothering it all over this tiny hole (like most people do) just take a very small amount and put it on the end of your putty knife. You can even take some on your finger if you don’t have a putty knife on hand.


3. Fill the hole with spackle. Again, don’t coat the wall with tons of it. Instead just try to fill the hole. You can then wipe away any excess with your finger or a paper towel. nail-hole-filled-with-spackle4. Make sure your wall is smooth and the hole is filled all the way in with spackle. Let your spackle dry for an hour or so. You can simply go around your place and fill up all the nail holes and then by the time you come back around it should be good & dry!


5. Now take a small paint brush and dab it over the area. You can also put some paint on a paper towel and “feather” the paint out around the hole. That way it will blend into the wall a bit better.fixed-nail-hole

6. Let the paint dry and you should be good to go!



Can you see the nail holes? I sure hope not! See, that wasn’t so scary after all! Whether you’re moving out or not, you can easily fix a few nail holes around your home yourself!

Have a bigger hole? Here’s how to patch a large hole in your wall.


  • Wayne E Beachy

    I have nail holes in walls that are wall papered not painted. How do I cover those nail holes?

    • Hey Wayne,
      We’ve actually never worked with wallpaper before, so we don’t have any recommendations for you.

      Good luck!
      Bridget & Casey

  • The best way really is to use the same paint color. Even if you can just buy a small sample that will help! If you don’t have that, then try to use the least amount of spackle as possible so it isn’t super noticeable on the wall.

  • Joan

    Many years ago (40) we bought a home that was built in the 1900’s. The ceiling and walls were the old lath wood materials, not drywall. A radiator leaked in a bedroom and dripped down onto the kitchen ceiling. We didn’t realize anything until a good size chunk of plaster fell on the refrigerator. The kitchen ceiling had been painted with a thick textured paint so the hole was very big. We didn’t have the money to hire someone to fix it so I just tried to think of what to do. Finally I took a piece of Styrofoam and cut it and glued it in the hole. While it dried I looked for some paint but realized even tho we had the same paint used originally, the veiling had yellowed some. Then I found some spackling compound. Because of its thickness I could use it to make up the space needed to match the rest of the ceiling all the while matching it to the “texture” I needed. When my husband came in he thought I had hired someone to fix it. I just smiled and said no you just owe me!

    • Joan…that story is amazing! You are awesome that you fixed it in such a genius way. Love your husband’s response…too funny!