So if you couldn’t remove the anchor with pliers or a screwdriver and you don’t want to recess it, you’ll have to cut it out. (Just be warned, if you’re not careful, this could leave a rather large hole in the wall.)
Here’s how to cut it out:
Gently score around the perimeter of the anchor with a utility knife
Grab the anchor head with needle-nose pliers and pull it out using a gentle wiggle motion
If it doesn’t pull out, score a slightly larger area
How To Patch Drywall Anchor Holes
Once you have your drywall anchor removed, you’ll need to patch the hole. Luckily, this is easy to do, even if you’re a novice at home improvement projects.
To patch the hole, you’ll need the following:
Premixed joint compound
4-inch drywall knife or putty knife
Fine Grit sanding sponge
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Smooth The Hole
Tap around the edges of the hole caused by the anchor with the back of your drywall knife until it’s concave. You shouldn’t feel any frayed drywall paper after you do this.
If the area still feels rough after tapping, use your utility knife to cut off the rough paper edges.
Step 2: Fill The Hole
Now, put some of your premixed all-purpose joint compound on the center of your drywall knife. Put your drywall knife on the wall slightly above the hole at an angle.
Swipe it over the hole to fill it in.
Swipe your knife in the opposite direction, perpendicularly. This will smooth out the compound
Allow the compound to dry for at least one hour.
(Note: If you have a really small hole, you can use spackle instead of drywall compound.)
Step 3: Do A Second Coat
Next, follow the same steps and add a thin second coating of drywall compound to the hole.
Allow to fully dry.
Step 4: Sand The Wall
Once the second coat is dry, use a fine-grit sanding sponge to sand the compound until it’s smooth and even with the rest of the wall.
After this step, you’ll be ready to paint.
It’s a much more difficult DIY project to remove wall anchors than install them. Your first line of defense should be pulling out the anchor with needle-nose pliers.
If that doesn’t work, try screwing the anchor or slightly receding it into the wall.
After anchor removal, you can cover the hole by patching it with joint compound.