My walls are covered with family pictures, handmade quilts, sentimental stuffed animals, and hard-earned awards—so it's no secret that I love decorating. Nevertheless, those little holes left by pushpins and nails drive me up the wall. Luckily, I have a free weapon in my quick fix arsenal—toothpaste. Here is how you can fix all of those dents and dings on the cheap!

1. Squeeze and Scrape

Purchase a tube of toothpaste, preferably the same shade as your wall, or use your current toothpaste. Simply squeeze the toothpaste into the hole, and use your finger, a spatula, a playing card or the blunt side of a butter knife to scrape of the excess.

If you're pinching pennies, you can frequently find free toothpaste and coupons on our Deals page or under our Coupons section.

2. Reapply and Paint

Because toothpaste tends to crack and shrink, you may need to apply a second coat. Once the toothpaste dries, you can either leave the wall as is or touch it up with paint, nail polish, permanent markers or wallpaper.

Bonus tip: If the toothpaste is shinier than your matte wall, you can create a dull paste with aspirin. Crush a single aspirin into a fine powder. Then add a small drop of water. Mix the paste with your finger, smear it on the wall, and wipe away the excess.