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How to Replace Drywall in a Remodeled Closet

When working with plumbing in an adjacent room to a bathroom, sometimes you are required to remove drywall to access pipes. That hole has to be patched. Learn how to replace drywall with these easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Install Drywall Support

Install a couple of 2x4s between the studs and a couple of 2x2s on the sides of the 2x4s so that the drywall can be attached to the top cut of the drywall.

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Step 2: Attach the Drywall

Attach the drywall piece that you saved earlier with drywall screws.

Apply a thick layer of mud on the joint. Then apply drywall tape over the first coat.

After that dries, apply another coat. Spread the mud away from the joint so you can start feathering the seam.

wood is added between studs to hold new drywall

Step 3: Blend the New Piece of Drywall

Sand the joints down and blend the edges out.

Spray an aerosol textured drywall compound on the sanded wall. Let it dry out a little and then "knock it down" by placing a 12" knife and drag it in order to match the look of the closet wall. The great thing about working in a closet is that it doesn't have to match perfectly.

Tip: Whether your walls are faux finish or actual texture it is always best to practice the application a few times before you try to match the new application to the old.

mud joint and apply drywall tape over first coat

Step 4: Paint the Drywall

Give the wall a new coat of paint, replace the trim molding and put everything back in place.