In Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Tom tricks his friends into painting his aunt's fence. You probably won't get that lucky, but there are good reasons many homeowners keep their painting in-house. No building codes apply to interior decoration; if you do something dumb, you don't risk life and property as you would if you were, say, tackling a rewiring job; and because labor typically accounts for 80 to 85 percent of the price of a paint job, you'll save a ton by doing the work yourself.
Rolling, on the other hand, is better for more detailed work. It involves using rollers to manually apply the paint, so it’s more difficult and will take longer. Labor rates for rolling are usually higher than for spraying. .
Neutral colors make it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there because the paint goes with just about anything. Many buyers also don’t want to shell out extra cash to paint after closing.
Now, in the likely case that two coats are needed, you’d take the number of gallons and multiply by 1.7 for the second coat. This is the industry standard for second coat coverage, which normally takes 30% less material than the first coat.
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I ended up scraping off paint and wallpaper down to the plaster. It took a couple days to finish. I’m so glad they only did that in the one room! Again, moisture really helped in the process. The more I soaked the walls, the easier it was to scrape and remove the wallpaper and paint. After I had the entire room scraped down to the bare plaster walls, I realized I would have to repair some cracks and skim coat the entire room if there were going to be halfway decent looking walls.
Ask about certifications and training the company and its employees have. Many painting companies hold memberships with the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, which provides continuing education programs for its members. If you have an older home, built before 1978, look for a painting contractor that is EPA Lead-Safe Certified.
Ask companies to include all details in writing. Although that sounds simple enough, too many contractors submit offers such as “paint house for $5,000.” A friendly contractor may offer a reassuring handshake and promise that the crew will take care of all the details — starting on time, working every day, cleaning up, etc. That’s great, but why not include each point in the proposal? If it’s a challenge to get a written description of labor, materials and other details, things will probably get worse when the work starts.
Similar to adding ceilings, painting the trim makes for easier touch-ups and straighter lines where walls and trim meet. Painting the trim also allows for a full seal of any gaps or cracks that exist.
Square Footage of HomeCost to Paint Interior and Exterior1,000 sq.ft.$4,500 - $7,5001,500 sq.ft.$6,700 - $11,8002,000 sq.ft.$9,000 - $15,7002,500 sq. ft.$10,300 - $16,7503,000 sq.ft.$14,000 - $23,4003,500 sq.ft.$16,500 - $27,6004,000 sq.ft.$19,000 - $32,000
Over the years I’ve hired many painters—from Task Rabbit amateurs to professional tradesmen—for both interior and exterior projects. Yet for all my experience, I still feel like hiring a good painter is a crap-shoot, that I’m no closer to discovering that secret formula that guarantees a great paint job every time. Based on the number of friends who painstakingly share their own painting horror stories, I’m not alone. Luckily for me, I have finally found a great painting contractor, Nigel Costolloe, owner of Catchlight Painting, in Newton, MA. I wish I could say that I came to Nigel due to my superior knowledge of how to sleuth out and hire great painters. Alas he was the guy I called to fix a job-gone-wrong.
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In both bedrooms there were holes knocked in the walls by the door handles (easily avoided with a $1 doorstop.) The holes were too big to patch with just spackle, so I got a couple of hole patches. They are sold near the spackles in your home improvement store. The directions are easy to follow, and they work! After paint, you wouldn’t know there once were big ol’ ugly holes. We used spackle to cover nail holes, minor cracks, and imperfections throughout the house. I tried a lot of different spackles in this house. My favorite one for minor repairs is Fast N Final. It applies easily, dries in a few minutes, and doesn’t require a whole lot of sanding.
If you live in an area that experiences greater rain or storms, however, it may be best to go with an oil-based paint. These paints repel water and resist wear and abrasion more than acrylic paint can. Oil-based paint is also a great option for steel and iron railings or any areas like steps or porches that get a lot of foot traffic.
The Paintzen company website has a relatively spacious home page with information being summarized into tabs and thumbnails. Scrolling down towards the footer, you get to access previous customer reviews and tabs connecting to the company’s social media links.
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