Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

The past three articles in this short series on our new pivoting toilet paper holder has seen us reach the point where it is installed on the wall of our en suite potty room.

We obtained the new toilet paper holder, the type where it is super easy to remove and replace the roll of toilet paper, during The Home Depot’s  Renew and Redo Your Bath event. You can participate first if you want by entering our giveaway contest for a change to win your own $200 Home Depot Gift Card.

Now, this is where we finished last time with the pivoting toilet paper holder installation.

Potty Room Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Do you see those two small holes inside the right end of the bathroom accessory? I know, hard to consider a toilet paper holder of any type as a bathroom accessory, isn’t it? icon wink Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder While the above picture seems to indicate  all is well, see the picture below:

Small Holes in Drywall Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Now you can see the two small holes just inside the right toilet paper holder anchor.

Yes, we must fix it! icon smile Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder But, how, exactly, so it looks like those two holes were never there?

Drywall Compound1 Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Well, steps 1, 2 and 3 call for using small amounts of drywall compound, followed by light sanding.

Why the same step 3 times?

First Drywall Compound Layer Applied Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Well, drywall compound shrinks. So if you simply place one layer as in the above picture you will still have the indentations in the wall where the holes used to be because the compound will shrink as it dries back into the holes as shown below. Do notice that in the picture below there is a little less excess drywall compound on the wall. That is because I used a damp cloth to wipe away the excess .

Dried First Drywall Compound Layer Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

The first coat will shrink a lot. So, a second coat, followed by light sanding.

Sand Paper Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

Yes, you can of course obtain the drywall compound and sand paper at The Home Depot, even though these products are not part of the official Renew and Redo Your Bath Event.

And, notice what I did after the first drywall compound layer in the picture below. I removed the right end of the pivoting toilet paper holder from the wall anchor to give me both better access to the repair area and so it would not be possibly damaged by drywall compound or paint.

Second Drywall Compound Layer Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

So I now have two layers, dryed of drywall compound. Yet, when I (A) close my eyes and (B) run my fingers along the repair area of the wall I still feel slight depressions of the holes. So I applied a third layer, but not too much, of drywall compound.

Third Layer of Drywall Compound Applied1 Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

This of course was followed a few hours later by a light sanding.

Sanded Third Drywall Compound Layer Repairing Drywall Around New Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder

This time when I close my eyes and run my fingers on the area being repaired I feel a smooth and even surface.

Now we are ready to paint. Or are we?

Come see where we finish the job of installing a pivoting toilet paper holder.

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