Whether it's from hanging artwork or shelving, nail holes always need to be repaired. Fixing nail holes, especially before painting a wall, will make the wall look much nicer. This is a guide about filling nail holes in a wall.
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To fill nail holes in your walls where pictures once hung, mix up a couple of teaspoons of cornstarch and add water until it's a putty-like consistency. It dries relatively quickly and works like a charm.
When you want/ need to cover up a nail hole on your wall, use white toothpaste. Put a little bit on the tip of your finger spread it smoothly over the nail hole. When it dries you can paint over it or leave as is.
If the nail hole is big enough, use a toothpick to fill it, break it off, sand lightly, and cover with the white toothpaste. Or you can use Elmer's white glue to cover the toothpick. Toothpaste may fall out but the glue will stay. Just make sure you wipe off the excess.
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I'll tell you one thing, don't patch a hole in the wall when your step mom wants to sell the house and only wants to paint over the holes.. You get all kinds of hell even if you think you did good.. Make sure they want them filled first, I learned the hardway.