How do I fix damaged drywall in my bathroom?

  10 answers
  • Can you post a photo? Sometimes the damage is too much, cheaper and easier to remove or cut out the damaged area and install new. What exactly is damaged and how much?

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 06, 2020

    Hello could you possibly post a photograph to better see your current drywall situation? Having a visual might be best guidance to a help find the best suggestions or potential solution to offer. Its best know what you are dealing with before offering broad suggestions

    What is the damage from— if it’s water damage it might be all it might need to be all cut away and replaced versus patching a small defect. It’s hard to know how extensive your drywall problem is or how to offer repair advice.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jun 06, 2020

    A photo of the damage would help. However, the damaged section needs to be cut out and a patch placed in the hole. Create the patch first and trace around it to mark where to cut. Stores sell drywall saws that do a good job. The patch needs solid support. If your patch doesn't span 2 wall studs, Insert thin strips of wood into the hole and use drywall screws to hold them in place. Insert your patch and screw into the supports. Add tape and drywall mud to complete the patch. Sand and repaint. There are You Tube videos showing how to work with drywall. The home improvement stores sell small sections of drywall.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 06, 2020

    Without a picture we don't know what needs to be fixed.

  • Renae Renae on Jun 06, 2020

    Here's the picture

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 06, 2020

    Hi Renae, here is a video showing how to do drywall patch using a new piece of drywall, hope it helps you out!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 07, 2020

    Hi Renae: This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, yeah, it's long, but not complicated. I've done this a lot of times:

    Most times you can get scrap pieces of dry wall at your home improvement store free. Just ask if they have any. A no is better than a missed yes:) It's not as hard to do as it seems, even though this looks long, and you can do this for any type of hole in wallboard, on the wall or ceiling.

    Here's what you need.

    A piece of wallboard that is about 3" bigger than your hole,

    a pencil,

    A pieces of string about 3 feet long with a knot at one end

    2 pieces of wood, like paint stirring sticks, 4" longer than the hole


    something to make 2 small holes in the new wall board and sticks


    A can of fruit, soup, beans or something, doesn't matter.

    Now, the destructions:)

    Cut the drywall so that it will cover your hole with a couple of inches all around. Now, draw around this piece of drywall, onto your wall. Remove it carefully, straight out, don't turn it around at all. With the pencil, make a mark on the inside back of the drywall to show which side is up. Make a mark on the wall too, where you made this mark, the mark you just made, so you can match the marks. You're probably going to paint the area anyway, so the outside mark won't show. This way, you will have a perfect fit. Now, cut the old drywall out along the pencil line, and if you're lucky, you will have the size of the new patch left in it, or at least close. Get the sticks and poke a hole in each one, in the middle at the centre. They should be longer than the hole by 2 or more inches. Make a hole in the middle centre of your new wall board, to match the holes in the sticks. You can poke a nail through the holes in the sticks and make a hole in the drywall piece at the same time. Run the string through each of the paint sticks with the knot coming out of the back, facing the inside of the hole, and the string hanging on the outside of the wall. Glue the sticks firmly, to the inside of the wall, gluing at the top and bottom of the sticks and facing opposite of each other, making a +. When they are fairly well set, put some spackle on the rough edges of your patch, the sticks and the hole in the wall. While that is drying a bit, pull the string through the back of the patch where you made the hole. Pull it all the way through, noting (ta da!) the position of the arrow! :), and push the patch into the hole. It should fit perfectly! Now, get your cans of fruit, beans, whatever and tie the string around the can. Let the can dangle, it will pull the paint sticks to the wall and secure the patch to the wall and sticks. This way, your patch won't push back inside if you push on it. Let this sit over night. When it seems secure and dry, (push it a bit) then you can cut the string close to the patch and maybe sand the end off if it is sticking out. Put the cans back where they came from. Spackle the edges of your patched area, feathering the spackle out and let it dry. Wipe with a damp cloth, or sand, your choice, and put another thin coat of spackle all over the patch and edges, feathering the edges, and let dry then sand or wipe. Paint to match and there, you're all done! :) It's not as daunting as it seems. You can do this, I have faith in you. Heck, if I can do it, anyone can!:) Good luck

  • Em Em on Jan 02, 2021

    Since we don't have any idea how badly it is damaged we can only guess. If it is a small hole patch with spackling/joint compound, sand and repaint. If it is a much larger piece, cut a new piece of drywall and cut the old area out to a stud on either side. The adjoining piece should rest halfway on the stud and the new piece should do the same. Add dry wall tape to the edges and spackle the seam, sand smooth and repaint.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi! I saw your picture in the comments section. If the sheetrock isn't crumbling or loose in any way, you can usually smooth out a rough wall with spackle, a sponge and a scraper/putty knife (I prefer damp sanding with a sponge, to sanding, when I can). The biggest mistake most people make with spackle, is trying to put too much on at a time. For a nice finish, you want to fill it in a layer at a time. It will shrink a little as it dries. Put too much on at a time will also result in cracking. Sanding should be done when the spackle is completely dry. A wide scraper and a narrow scraper will give you control. Smooth it with each layer, and it will cut down on the sanding. It's easier to replace a large section, unless you have trouble getting a sheet of sheetrock (a full sheet, usually 4'x8' is awkward, heavy for some people and requires installation in the opening, a vehicle large enough to handle it). A plus with replacement in a bathroom, is a sheetrock made for damper areas like bathrooms. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 12, 2021

    Use a filler from DIY store for small areas or patch with new dry wall or replace all dry wall.