Asked on Aug 7, 2020

How to I fix this damaged dry wall? ?

Agnes ChrzanowskaCynthia HDeb K


This is a doorway between a living room and dining room. We never framed it out & it became damaged from the dogs/kids knocking into it. I know my attempt to stick plaster in there is horrible, what else can I do before we frame it ?

The damaged spot
The cause of the damage, the framing/trim work we never completed.
18 answers
  • I would cut out the damaged section, cut a new piece of sheetrock to fit, attach it, tape it, mud it, prime and paint.

  • Michelle N.
    on Aug 7, 2020

    Thank you both! I will try this.

  • Redcatcec
    on Aug 9, 2020

    The damaged section needs to come out, to do this cut it away with a utility knife. Measure a new piece of drywall to fit the area and put it in. From there apply the tape for this purpose, cover with mud and smooth it out. Or if you think joint compound will fill it instead, use that. Apply it with a putty knife. Prime the area after letting it dry, paint to match the existing color.

    Another suggestion is to cover the area by framing it out with wood on all 3 sides of the wall.

    Either way with your busy family you might consider getting clear plastic corner strips with self adhesive to protect your repair. Best to you.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Aug 9, 2020

    Cut out the damaged section. Then cut a new piece to fit and screw in. Then mud and sand. Make sure to cut to mud stud do you will have a board to screw it to. You can put a criss board if needed.

  • Morgan McBride
    on Aug 9, 2020

    Hmm maybe you could use spackle to fix it?

  • William
    on Aug 9, 2020

    I would use no shrink drywall patching compound to fiil in the damaged area. If you cut the damaged area you would need to cut out up to the next stud. Which would be about 14" away. You need a solid backing for a patch

  • You could cut out the drywall and redo it in that spot. That might be the best way.

  • Mogie
    on Aug 10, 2020

    Or you could take this as a sign from the universe that it is time to remodel and do away with that by opening up the area.

  • Flipturn
    on Aug 10, 2020

    Often diy'ers try to save money by not completing a project thoroughly or properly. This example reinforces that in the longer run, these decisions save neither time or money. They create more work and more headaches.

    Sometimes there is no substitute for a project being finished off correctly.

  • Dee
    on Aug 10, 2020

    To do it the right way you will need to cut out the spot and replace with new sheet rock. Fast and easy way, use Bondo, Sand several times and prime and paint.

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Aug 11, 2020

    Use a paint scraper and sand it, then apply stain blocker and paint over it . Here is the link for stain blocker

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Aug 11, 2020

    I would completely replace the sheet rock, there is enough damage done that I don't think you could patch it up.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir
    on Aug 11, 2020

    This drywall repair kit works really well:

    Hope this Helps! Jeremy -

  • Deb K
    on Aug 12, 2020

    Hi Michelle, you will want to repair the drywall, then you can buy the metal corners for it, cover them in mud and you are good to paint, you can even put a guard on afterwards, hope this helps!

  • Cynthia H
    on Aug 13, 2020

    Hi! I've patched a few walls in my time. For the time and effort that would be needed to get a decent result with this, I would cut it out back to the studs, piece in new drywall and finish it. It seems like a lot of damage for that area, though. Even finished drywall can be dented and pushed in if it is in the way of stampeding kids (I learned that when one of my daughter's friends kicked a hole in an interior wall demonstrating a karate kick), so think about how they did the damage and how you can prevent future damage as you put it back together. Sometimes a doorway needs to be wider or placed differently. Or maybe it's just that it was unfinished. You'll be the best judge of that. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Sep 1, 2020

    I would just cut out that destroyed part and replace with new one to save some headache

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