How To Deal With Those Pesky Blue Picture Anchors When Painting A Wall

Happy Friday! 

Last summer, I did a guest post for Debbie and shared a useful tip on making it easier to prep walls for painting.  Since some of you may not have seen that post, I thought I’d share it again today with you all.

How many of you have these blue picture anchors sticking in your wall?

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They certainly serve a purpose when hanging a picture, but if you are painting, and no longer want them in the same place, what do you do?

Your first instinct may be to try to get them out of the wall – but remember that the whole idea behind these is to anchor and stabilize, and not come out.  So, the result of removing them from the wall is usually deep gouges around the perimeter of the anchor, or a larger hole than what you started with – and a big problem to deal with.

Well, I have a tip that will prevent all of that from happening and make your painting project a little less stressful.

The answer?  Don’t remove them!

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First, get a hammer and gently hammer the anchor into the wall so that the rim is flush with the surface of the wall.  You can place a lightweight rag as a buffer between the hammer and wall to prevent dents from the impact of hammer.

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Spackle the wall in two or three thin coats.  This will allow it to dry faster and prevent the spackle from “caving” into the hole of the anchor.

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This is a side angle of the wall.  You cannot see the anchor.  You should be able to rub your hand across the surface and not feel anything.

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Once the spackle has completely dried, sand all excess off being careful not to sand deep into the repair. 

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You are now ready to paint your walls!

Have fun!

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Comments

  1. Great idea… they make a huge mess when you try to pull them out! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Thank you Shari! I’m always hesitant to hang things, because I hate dealing with the holes. Have a great weekend, hug Scout for me!

  3. With these plastic anchors, and the even-more-stubborn metal molly bolts, punch them through the wall instead of hammering them flush. Take a large phillips-head screwdriver, hold it on the anchor, and give it a sharp hit with a hammer. This leaves the same size hole on the right side of the wall, and no pesky anchor just below the surface to telegraph through your patch later. (like popped nail heads in drywall).