Homemade spackling saves the day

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Patch up cracks and holes in your walls with homemade spackling. That’s right, hidden in your kitchen, you'll find a cheap way to repair your walls.

  • Mix together four tablespoons of white flour and one-third teaspoon of salt, then add in enough paint or primer until the concoction has a doughy or putty-like texture.
  • Smooth it over small cracks and dents with a putty knife. Let dry until the surface is completely hard before painting or sanding.

For oil- or lacquer-based paints, leave out the salt. Don’t make a batch bigger than you can use in one day.

This flour mixture works best for small cracks and dings in the wall.

If you’ve got some Plaster of Paris, use that for bigger imperfections. Mix one-quarter cup of vinegar for every pound of plaster. This will keep it from drying before you finish applying it. Then add enough water to make a paste.

 

 

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