I have off-white walls and when I removed some pictures recently, I filled the holes with spackle but there are still some areas that visibly show where the holes were. I don't want to have to repaint. Any ideas?

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    Try to touch up with a color-matched paint? Might not be a 100% match, but it might look better than just the old spackled hole.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:13
  • Hang new pictures that utilize a larger frame. Or you could cover with wall paper. Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:15
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    This might be more of a "Life Hacks" stack exchange question. I know a lot of the home improvement guys here are more or less perfectionist, and short of rolling the whole wall, you'll be able to see the newly painted areas, since the color, texture and oxidation of the new paint will be visible compared to the existing, even out of the original paint (assuming you had some left over) Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:27
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    Simple - knock down the wall. If there's no wall there, you can't paint it. QED.
    – AndyT
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 14:39
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    No one has mentioned wallpaper. Wallpaper.
    – jqning
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 16:31

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As @jphi1618 said, if the spackle isn't a color match (and it usually isn't), a bit of local touch-up with paint of the right color can solve the problem.

If you don't have leftover paint stored away, hit the paint store for sample chips and use them to find a match. Once you know what color you need, and have figured out whether the surrounding paint is flat or semigloss, see if the store offers 8-ounce samples; those are cheap enough that you can afford to experiment if you aren't sure of your choice.

Try to match the existing texture, and to "feather"/dry-brush the edges of tge new oaint so it blends into what's already there.

It won't be perfect. But it will probably be good enough that nobody but you ever notices it.

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