This was a really thorough and great post! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Now I want to get to painting… amy February 25, 2015
Paint and primer will likely cost the same no matter where you live, but labor is another story. For one, hourly labor rates will be higher in big cities than small towns. Higher rates obviously make a higher overall cost of professional painting.
Painting your own house sounds fun since you could do it anyway you want. But I don’t think I would be able to do that though. Hope I could do that someday though 🙂 tisha February 26, 2015
But every old home needs maintenance, updates or a refresh every few years or so. Paint is one of the best ways to give an old home new life while still retaining the integrity of the home. Painting an old home, however, is often accompanied by its own set of challenges which can range from small (tricky corners and trim) to large (replacing and repairing damaged walls or wood).
When painting your existing home, your painter will have to come early to prep the area so that your personal belongings are protected. This includes taping the edges of walls, windows, and doors, laying a sheet down on the floor, clearing furniture and valuables out of the way, and more. Plus, the cleanup process is a bit more meticulous as your belongings will all have to be moved back into place, and there shouldn’t be any mess left behind.
These tips can greatly reduce any issues with interior air quality during or after a painting project and can help you take advantage of the savings associated with off-season bookings.
Specify whether the contractor or you will supply the paint. Check Consumer Reports’ paint ratings: In its tests, some relatively inexpensive paints performed better than more expensive paints and cost $10 to $20 less per gallon. But keep in mind that most paints will resist cracking, peeling, mold and mildew. Who does the painting — and how well they do it — is more important than what’s in the bucket.
Straight exteriors on a box-shaped house make painting work easier as compared to irregularly shaped homes with two or more stories. This means that if you were to undertake the work of painting your sophisticated home, you would need more than a ladder to access high nooks and crannies.
Another reason to request a delineated bid is simply to have in writing everything you discussed in the interview. With so many interviews, you may forget who said what. Ask him or her to include the following:
Kristie, Can you share the color and brand you used for the house and trim and the watered down blue. I’m in the process of building in historic St. Augustine and I try to never re-invent the wheel! 🙂 Becky
A typical one- or two-story home will usually take a pro several days (about 70 – 120 work hours) to paint. National average labor rates range from $26 to $79 per hour per painter.
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The average cost to paint a bathroom is $150 to $400, whereas a large master bathroom runs $250 to $650 depending on the prep work required. Bathroom painting is more costly because of the cut in work around the tub, shower, and vanity, as well as removing towel bars and toilet paper holders. Cost To Paint A Bathroom Type Average Cost Standard Bathroom $150 – $400 Master Bathroom $250 – $650
But until then, it is absolutely imperative to purchase a caulk that expands and contracts at an optimal rate. Allowing expansion joints to contract in the winter and expand in the summer without cracking is a reason to spend the extra couple of dollars on caulking.
Inching towards the cooler off-white exterior color spectrum, we have White Dove by Benjamin Moore. This very popular white shade has hints of gray that steers it towards the cooler side of things when compared to Sherwin’s Alabaster.
Another option for exterior paint build up is to have all the old paint stripped down to bare wood, primed and painted so all surfaces look nearly new and relatively smooth. This is a very time consuming, labor intensive and expensive process so your budget will drive the decision process.