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Let me count the ways that I love you. I hope your landlord doesn’t visit often and doesn’t find your blog.
I know this is coming really late, but I just discovered your blog today (love it!) and found this post.
When I moved into my apartment 1 year ago, I had (and still have) the same issue—millions of small cords painted and stapled to the wall. I took many of them down, but have left a few because I really need some guidance on how to repair the walls once I’ve taken them down. Can you give some helpful hints/tips that made the process not so daunting? Is there a particular kind of sandpaper or sanding item that you recommend? Did you use wood filler,spackle, plaster or something else?
Anything you can suggest—I’d be very appreciative!
Definitely lots of spackle! The steps are basically:
1. Use a spackle knife (or razor blade if necessary) to chip away at remaining paint around where cord used to be.
2. Spread spackle over holes. Sometimes it’s easier to use your finger when you’re working in corners.
3. Sand spackle, I usually use a medium grit.
If you’re sanding on flat walls or moldings, sometimes it’s easier to use a sanding block (I like the kind with the handle that the sandpaper clips into, you can buy them at any hardware store), but not necessary. Sometimes, depending on the size of your hole, you’ll need to do a couple layers of spackle to get everything smooth and even!
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