We recommend obtaining a written, detailed outline of the surface preparation process before you hire your next painter. Any good residential painting service worth considering should include detailed prep details in their estimate.
Before purchasing, hold the brush as you would when painting. Make sure it feels comfortable to grip. Fan the bristles, checking for gaps—bristles should fan evenly. “Bounce” the tip of the brush to test for springiness. Check the bristles of your brush for proper “flagging” (like split ends in hair) and consistent bristles. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips .
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.
Even so, you could still choose to go the DIY route and save yourself thousands of dollars in labor costs. All you’ll need are a few supplies and some cans of paint, all of which you can find at hardware stores or big-box home supply stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
To determine the number of coats your project requires, first examine the surface you'll be painting. A porous, rough, textured or previously unpainted surface will generally require more paint, as will a project that involves a dramatic color change. TIP: If you choose a deep, intense color, you may need multiple coats or even a tinted primer for the best results. Less paint may be needed if your color change is subtle, or your home has many "unpaintable" features such as window panes or decorative stone.
And if you’re mulling a landscape redesign, you may want to get that done after you have your house painted, so that painters don’t accidentally trample on young plants. 6. You may want to consider a color that will spotlight your garden. Above: For curb appeal, Sosa and Coe painted this farmhouse in “serene gray” (Benjamin Moore’s Platinum Gray), a nice backdrop for the row of white hydrangeas. Photograph by Mylene Pionilla, from Before & After: An ‘Ugly Duckling’ Landscape Transformed, in NY’s Hudson Valley.
The cost to paint the interior of a house ranges from $300 to $800 for a 10x12 bedroom, and between $2,100 and $3,900 for a whole house interior. Vanities, cabinets, doors, textured or designer painting, and artistic additions such as murals cost extra. Professional Interior Painting Rates Project Average Cost Bedroom Walls $320 – $850 Bedroom (Full) $1,340 – $2,580 Bathroom Walls $100 – $150 Bathroom (Full) $525 – $875 Kitchen Walls $150 – $300 Kitchen Cabinets $1,500 – $5,000 Living Room Walls $200 – $400 Living Room (Full) $800 – $1,200 Dining Room Walls $280 – $400 Dining Room (Full) $550 – $980 Accent or Textured Walls $32 – $80 Interior doors (each) $75 – $150 Fireplace $1 – $4 /SF Wall Mural or Trompe L'oeil $35 – $150 /SF Stairwell $16 – $27 /LF Full Apartment Interior $1,500 – $3,100 Interior House Walls $900 – $2,100 Full House Interior $2,900 – $8,800
The average cost to paint kitchen walls is $150 to $250 since cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances occupy most of the wall space. Professional kitchen cabinet painting costs $30 to $60 per linear foot, or between $900 and $3,800 on average. Cost To Paint A Kitchen Area Average Cost Walls $150 – $250 Cabinets $900 – $3,800
*Note: Nigel does not recommend a certain minimum or maximum number of bids. Instead he recommends letting your research be your guide. If you really like five contractors, speak to five. If only two, that may be enough to find the right fit. You can always go back and get more later. Above: My porch looking fresh after the Catchlight crew came through. Detailed work such as window mullions require a steady hand and a lots of time. Request a detailed proposal.
There is a lot of prep work that goes into painting. Patching and sanding costs $3.68 per square foot. Repairing cracks costs $0.30 per square foot. Drywall repair costs from $0.50 to $1 per sqft. Wallpaper removal costs between $0.30 and $0.80 per sqft. Cost To Prep For Painting Service Average Cost Patching and Sanding $3.68 /SF Stripping $1.91 – $2.38 /SF Re-plastering $200 – $400 Popcorn Ceiling Removal $1 – $2 /SF Power Washing $0.35 – $0.77 /SF Priming $2.63 – $7.05 /SF Repair Cracks $0.29 – $0.30/SF Installing Baseboards and Trim $2.60 – $4.74 /LF Drywall Removal and Replacement $1.65 – $3.62 /SF Drywall Repair $0.53 – $0.97/SF Cleaning Mold & Mildew $500 – $3,000+ Window Removal $32 – $103 EACH Window Replacement $163+ EACH Door Jambs/Hardware $21.50 /HR Moving Furniture $21.50 /HR Wallpaper Removal $0.31 – $0.77 /SF
So far our best purchase has been the shop vac sanding attachment (around $35 from amazon); with a HEPA filter in the vac, we’re getting no sanding dust in the house.
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Interior painting labor costs $1 to $3 per square foot of coverage area or between $3 and $7 per square foot of floor space. Painters charge $180 to $650 to paint a room or between $20 and $50 per hour for smaller projects. Interior Painting Labor Cost Measure Average Cost Per Square Foot of Coverage Area $1 – $3 Per Square Foot of Floor Space $3 – $7 Per Hour $20 – $50 Wall height Total project square footage and difficulty Quality of paint and materials used Oil-based paints take longer to dry which increase labor time Regional factors such as overhead and wages Major drywall repairs or wallpaper removal Changing colors between rooms Total time it takes Speed Factor
To figure out your home’s paintable surface area, first multiply your house’s exterior perimeter by its height. Then, measure the area of all doors, windows, shutters, and other parts of your house not included in the painting project. Subtract those numbers from the overall area of your house, and you’ll have a close estimate of your project’s size.
Your ABC painter will work quickly to perform the desired services. We’ll make sure to clean up when we are done.
Assuming you've properly prepared your surfaces for paint you're ready to begin. See our recent blog post for professional tips to prepare your walls for interior painting.
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