Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack

Unless you bought a new construction house from within the last five-ish years, the house you bought came complete with a sweet phone jack hookup for your land line telephone. Awesome! That’ll come in handy when you have some “Back to the Future” ordeal and need to call your Liz Frank ’90s loving self while twirling a phone cord around your finger. Home landlines are dead, but the ugly phone jack is still there. Luckily, they are easy enough to patch drywall over and you’ll never know it was there!

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

The first thing I did was remove the plate on the front of the jack, which exposes the wiring. I cut off the power to the jack and popped out the power cords that were connecting it.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Then I used electrical tape to wrap up each of the two cords just to make sure they didn’t touch anything and pushed them into the electrical box in the wall. Out of sight, out of mind.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next came patching the wall. Lowe’s sells an awesome drywall patch kit that comes with a 4″x4″ steel mesh patch, lightweight spackle and a putty knife. It’s perfect for this type of job. The patch sticks to the wall with a built-in adhesive.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next, lather up your spackle on the wall and smooth it out over the edges and let dry.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

This kit even came with a nice sanding block to smooth everything out once dry.

Finally, paint over the newly spackled area and voila you can’t even tell that the ’90s existed.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching drywall over an old phone jack is simple and easy and can be done quickly. It’s a quick and easy upgrade that makes your home look much more up to the times.

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3 thoughts on “Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack

  1. Thanks for this great information! In typical fashion, I looked up how to cover a phone jack AFTER I covered the phone jack. I did not use electrical tape but just coiled the wires and placed them back in the phone jack box, then used the wire mesh and speckled/painted. We do not have an active landline, but now I’m nervous about the wires touching . Do you think I should redo this? I have. O experience in this area (clearly). Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Andrea! Thanks so much for finding us. Here’s my thoughts- if you haven’t had them touch so far, they aren’t likely to move while inside your wall, so you’re probably fine. The only thing that could really happen would be that they would touch and POSSIBLY blow a fuse, but unlikely that they will at this point. If I was you, I wouldn’t tear it out what you’ve done. I think you’ll be ok. But hey, if your power randomly blows somewhere, you might know where to start 😉

      • Thanks so much for the reply, Sean! I think I will just leave it alone for now. Like you said, if the power blows I’ll know why 🙂 I appreciate your help, and have a great weekend!

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