repairing damage from trim removal

candicekDecember 1, 2010


I'm new here :)

We are doing a lot of work on our house right now and this place appears to be a great resource. Forgive me if I've lacked in my searching skills to find answer on this topic...

When our home was built, the builders used a 1x4 MDF board to trim the entire house... baseboard and door casing. It's horrible. It's also been painted multiple times and when they painted it the first time it appears that they didn't bother to dust it off first.

Anyhow, we are starting to paint the walls and I decided that since we're painting the walls and replacing the floor, it just makes sense to go ahead and rip out the old trim too.

We carefully scored the trim, but when removing it, still managed to do quite a bit of damage to the drywall by peeling off the paper where the paint/caulk stuck.

The baseboards don't concern me as I'll be putting up something taller anyhow and that will cover it. However, the door casings... it appears that the typical width for trim there is only 2.5-3 inches. The damage is 4 inches out from the edge.

Is there any recommended method or products for patching this so it looks neat and tidy? I've floated drywall patches before, but only in new construction so I'm just terrified that I'll never be able to get the texture to match.

Any ideas on how I can fix this? (I'm no remodel guru, but I'm willing to attempt most things)

The wall texture is orange peel by the way.



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Consider making a wider door trim?

The main trick to making a texture match is to retexture more than just the damaged spot ... do several inches outside the damage, feathering the new texture out.

And to steal a trick from pro make-up artists, if you retexture on the left side, make a patch on the left. The eye is drawn to the singularity far more than the balanced set. If the damage occurs at regular intervals, texture a few random spots to break up the pattern of patching. has good instructions.

I pat slightly thinned drywall mud onto the wall from a sponge in a random pattern, let it dry a bit and then strike off the peaks with one quick swipe of a steel drywall knife.

And PRACTICE on something first. it's easy after the first couple of tries, but you don;'t want them on your walls.

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