My wife and I moved recently to a new flat and immediately started adapting it to our liking.

This process involved removing some shelves left there from the previous tenant on our living room wall.

However, as we did that, unfortunately, part of our wall was removed too, as you can see in this photo:

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Now, I must admit that I am a total noob when it comes to house repairs and DIY, but my first instinct was to use spackle, which I’ve used before to close some holes in the wall.

However, in this case, I am dealing with a bigger surface and not just a hole.

Therefore, I wanted to ask what is the best way to fix this and bring it as close as possible to its previous state?

Bonus points if you also know how I can find the necessary products in the German-speaking world :)


  • Looks like plaster over concrete. This will not be easy to duplicate as the texture is a bit of an art. But you can certainly patch it or make it look better.
    – DMoore
    Aug 5, 2020 at 17:56
  • Do you still have all the pieces?
    – JACK
    Aug 5, 2020 at 18:13

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Looks like paint or a light texture on drywall to me, but I agree with DMoore otherwise. You'll want to take a couple steps:

  1. Using a sharp utility knife, slice away the loose edge of the torn paint. Remove anything that isn't well attached, but don't cut through the paper on the face of the drywall if you can help it.
  2. Using a 6" or larger putty/drywall knife, skim the damage with general purpose or topping joint compound. (Spackle is usually very light and a little fragile for this purpose.) Press firmly with the knife laid over at a shallow angle. Don't let more material on the wall than it takes to fill the very thin void left by the removed paint/texture. Let that dry completely. A fan will make it quick.
  3. Using a foam sanding block or a drywall screen, very lightly sand the repair flat. Use long strokes with light pressure. Your main goal is to eliminate the line around the edge of your patch where it blends into the paint. Pay particular attention to that as it's the most frequent cause for disappointment in repairs like this.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 if needed to get a perfectly smooth repair.
  5. Using a heavy nap roller (say 3/8" or 1/2"), roll drywall primer over the repair. Blend outward with a relatively dry roller.
  6. Do the same with the paint topcoat (which may need to be applied to the entire wall section for color matching). Use plenty of paint and don't overwork it. You want the nap to leave a heavy stipple. This should be adequate in lieu of sprayed texture, assuming the wall ever had that.

If you find that the texture just isn't heavy enough to blend you may need to pick up a can of "orange peel" spray texture. Apply that between steps 4 and 5. Practice on a scrap of cardboard to get a feel for distance.

  • 1
    Dabbing with a tile grout sponge works too.+1
    – JACK
    Aug 6, 2020 at 12:35

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