Asked on Feb 1, 2020

How do I repair this corner of the wall so I can paint it?

DeeCynthia HSharon


Hi hometalkers. I don't have any access to builder/ diyers. I currently rent a rather old house with a tiny kitchen. My landlord doesn't live nearby and is not particularly interested in doing any repairs. She has given me the go ahead to paint the walls white. This corner of the kitchen is where the oven is. The corner that is shown in the photo has rippled and is tearing off and seems to have wall paper underneath that I'm wondering has been painted over. My question is how would I repair this without tearing off all the layers so that I can paint this?

6 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Feb 1, 2020

    Hello there,

    Use Polyfilla or Spackle to do the job, using a small trowel or wallpaper scraper. Fill it proud and wait until completely dry before sanding down flush. Then decorate over it. Best wishes.

  • Deb K
    on Feb 1, 2020

    Hi Lauriane, start by removing the loose stuff gently, then pick up a small container of drywall compound, and use a wide trowel to smooth it over the lower part where it peeled, remember less is better, and you may not even have to sand it if you make it smooth enough. Once you have fixed this, you will want to put a coat of primer on it, that way the paint will not get all sucked up by the dry mud. Pick your paint color and make it look beautiful! Hope this helps you!

  • Janice
    on Feb 2, 2020

    Hi Lauriane, here's two videos (Part 1 and Part 2) that may help you.

  • Sharon
    on Feb 2, 2020

    First if would use a scraper or sandpaper to remove all loose paper, then use joint compound with a drywall knife to put a thin coat over the area, let dry and then repeat until its smooth, then prime and paint.

  • Cynthia H
    on Feb 2, 2020

    All good answers. I would like to add, that you can use a damp sponge to "sand" the spackle to reduce dust. Also, don't put it on very thick. It will take a long time to dry, and will probably shrink and crack. I like the spackle that starts out pink and dries white, even though I have done plenty of drywall repairs - it gives me more patience because I can see if it's dry enough to sand without touching it. Sanding sponges are also great on corners.

    • Lauriane McMurdo
      on Feb 2, 2020

      Thank you I will be heading down to our diy home store Mitre 10 and ask for these products really appreciate you taking the time to answer this !

  • Dee
    on Feb 3, 2020

    I like the Spackle that turns from Pink to White, this way you know the area is dry. You will have to fill twice because that is a big area. When completely dry sand down and add another layer of spackle. When that is dry sand down again. Prime before you paint. Kilz or Zinser 123 are good primers. If you do not prime when you paint the wall it will look uneven.

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