When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, the key to success is preparation. Here are some tips, tricks, and insights you need to know in order to achieve a long-lasting exterior paint job. By following this advice, you can extend the life of your home’s exterior significantly, saving time and future long-term expenses.
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Thank you for sharing these tips, Josh! My boyfriend and I are about to embark on a major re-design of our condo and I am not looking forward to all the painting prep work. It does make a huge difference if you do it right though! Stacia February 25, 2015
If you want to hire a journeyman painter, you can expect to pay between $45 and $70 per hour. Journeyman painters know how to complete most residential, commercial, and industrial paint jobs with a variety of tools and equipment. They can use brushes, rollers, sprayers, and power equipment to prep and paint any surface. This level of expertise will be useful for many jobs. You can expect the job to be completed correctly. The cost of professional painters at this level will be middle of the road, and you can still expect quality service.
BEHR paints are available in quarts for painting a small area, and five-gallon pails for a very large area.
Painting can be one of the easier building trades to get into because you probably don’t need a license. Here in Florida, most work that doesn’t involve structural components of a house doesn’t require a license.
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Don’t use cheap trim paint. You will not be happy if you do. Cheap trim paints tend to hold more dust and lose their natural sheen sooner.
As careful as you may be, there most likely will be a few spills during the painting process. Cover patios, decks, landscaping, and walkways to keep spills at a minimum.
It looks great! We have a small 1901 farmhouse we would love to paint white. Can you please share the paint and finish yo used for the house & trim? Thank you.
Thank you, Jean. I’m really pleased with how it turned out – can’t wait to show the interior!
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This post couldn’t come at a better time! We are about to reprint our lounge after our toddler decided to do little Picasso crayon drawings on the walls, and discovering that the painter and decorator used the cheapest paint, it comes off with even a baby wipe! My top tip would be to use the most expensive paint you can afford, the cheap stuff just doesn’t hold up to day to day life with mucky little toddlers, this time I’m getting the Scrub proof paint! Tammi February 25, 2015
Because painting more detailed features is different from painting a simple wall, the rates are varied. We have listed below the costs you can expect to pay for painting the most common exterior home features. Add any relevant costs to the cost of painting the walls to estimate the price of painting everything at once. FEATURECOST TO PAINTSoffit and fascia$1 – $3 per linear footGutters and downspouts$1 – $4 per linear footTrim$1 – $6 per linear footPorches$2 – $5 per square footShutters$60 – $80 per shutterDoors$125 – $150 per door Interior painting
You may need to do this sooner in a child’s bedroom since the walls will most likely encounter more wear and tear. Areas that experience more foot traffic, like hallways, need to be painted more often —generally between two to three years. This will keep them free of scratches, scuffs, and other blemishes.
A 2,000 sq. ft. home usually consists of two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen, depending on the layout. If you live in a home this size, you can expect to pay between $6,000 to $8,000 to paint the interior and between $3,000 and $7,700 to paint the exterior. The cost to paint the entire house from the inside out costs $9,000 to $15,700.