Labor typically represents more than half of the expense of having a house painted professionally. By doing the work yourself, you will save this half. But painting a house can be a big job, especially if the house is in shoddy shape that would require considerable preparation. In addition, a house more than one story tall or built on a hillside guarantees a high level of difficulty. Comfortable with heights? That is often a prerequisite when DIY painting. ©HannaMariah / Shutterstock.com
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Every paint manufacturer has raced to the marketing of paint and primer in one. However, primer is still needed for raw unpainted surfaces. The primer will act as a base coat for the exterior house paint to adhere. It will also help (bridge) or smooth out any surface imperfections. If you decided on acrylic latex paint, you can use either water or oil-based primer. But you should definitely use an oil-based primer if you’re using oil-based paint for your topcoat.
While you can pick up disposable painting brushes for under a dollar from home improvement stores, reusable higher-end brushes cost as much as $20 to $75. It is usually preferred to use higher end brushes or rollers versus cheaper ones. The specific ones you choose will depend on the type of surface you’re painting and the size of the area. You should always do your research beforehand to see what the best fit will be for your project. You can also chat with a contractor to get their opinion. A standard roll of 1-inch painter’s tape (60 yards) costs from $3 to $7. Equipment such as ladders or scaffolding can be rented for a small cost. An interior scaffold with adjustable platform heights from 2’ to 12’ in 2” increments can be rented for around $15 to $50 per hour or $40 to $150 per week.
The cost to paint the exterior of a 2 story house varies and depends on many factors. Painting a 2 story exterior residential home in Florida costs an average of $2.50 to $5.50 per Square foot. Again, the cost depending on the 3 main variables listed above. Those are 1. texture and or condition. 2. Height. and 3. Difficulty or access. The national avg cost for painting a 2 story house is between $3500-$17500 and up.
If you have a showy garden that you’d like to highlight, choose a paint color that will do it justice. For instance, architect Kelly Haegglund chose a bright green door (see first image), because “it’s modern, and a complement to the greens and purples in the garden.” And I’ve noticed that darker house colors often make the colors in a garden pop. 7. But white will never be a bad choice. Above: For this house in Connecticut, Brooklyn’s O’Neill Rose Architects used low-luster Benjamin Moore Brilliant White, which principal Devin O’Neill calls “a standard that always looks good.” The firm worked with Donald Kaufman on the palette for the house and chose Donald Kaufman Color DKC-44 in semi-gloss for the porch and ceiling. Photography by Michael Moran, from Curb Appeal: Architects’ 10 Favorite White Paints.
While exterior paints cost more, it costs a bit more to paint a home interior versus the exterior. This cost difference is due to the complexity of the different rooms and the number of different spaces that need painting versus a consistent exterior wall. Plus, interiors usually have to be painted by hand or by roller, which is more labor intensive. Exterior paint can be sprayed. It costs approximately $8,700 to paint a home interior and about $5,500 to paint a home exterior.
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In 2014, we added a tool to each of our 11 trucks that changed paint preparation and cleanup forever. That tool is the dustless sander, technically known as the Festool Rotex RO 90 DX Multi-Mode Sander. In addition to being expert painters, now we are also all experts at painless paint preparation.
Depending on the curiosity level of the kiddos, it may be a good idea to make sure they’re out of the house while the painters are present.
For the finish, apply one or two coats of premium 100% acrylic latex paint made for metal siding. In most cases, satin or eggshell finishes look good on metal siding and offer longevity. Apply the paint with a paintbrush, as discussed above, under “Wood siding.”
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.
Color can be fun, so don’t be scared to add some to your home. Even if you only paint one accent wall in a bold hue.
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.
wow – I’ve never done any sort of intense painting like that before (as a renter) but it just goes to show that there is so much to consider that I wouldn’t have thought of. Thank you for laying out these steps like this!
Then on the day that painting started, I met 2 wonderful gentlemen who also walked my property and verified what was to be painted. The were very professional, respectful and provided the highest level of customer service. My house has now been painted snd looks wonderful.