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TherapyChick

join:2003-09-19
Fayetteville, NC

How much would you expect to pay to paint a room?

How much would you expect to pay to paint a room?

I know prices vary, but roughly, for a 19'x14' room, nothing fancy, including paint, about how much would you expect to pay?

Edit: We're in NC if that matters.

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Midgard

join:2010-10-11
MA
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How many windows and doors? Height of the room? That helps determine how much paint you need. I'd guess with standard 8 foot ceilings, 1 doorway, and 2 windows you'd need 3 gallons of paint. Are they painting the ceiling and the walls? How about the trim? The next question is how well do you want them to paint? Do they do a good job taping the room or just wing it? Taping the room will make it look better but double the labor cost. You want them to use painters tape also not masking tape. You might have prep/prime required depending on what type of paint is on the wall now or what color is there now compared to what color/type you want to switch too.

»www.costhelper.com/cost/home-gar···ior.html

Quick guess is $500-700 for everything if you have licensed help that does the job correctly.


cowboyro
Premium
join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT
reply to TherapyChick
$80 in paint, rollers, brushes and tape plus a weekend.
Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

TherapyChick

join:2003-09-19
Fayetteville, NC
reply to Midgard
Just walls, not the ceiling or trim.

There is one door and two windows.

@cowboyro - I have done painting myself in the past, I realize it's something most people can do, but that wasn't the question. There are sometimes where you may just not have the time to do something that you could do yourself, and may be easier to just pay someone to do something for you. It's like saying cooking is the easiest thing in the world, why would you go out to eat and pay someone to do it for you? Anyway, thanks for your reply.
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Medisoft


Midgard

join:2010-10-11
MA
kudos:1
reply to TherapyChick
I'd be willing to pay someone around maybe $200-225 for labor and another $100-125 in paint and supplies. I'm in the Boston area if that helps any.

We used Behr Ultra at $35-37 a gallon in our new house. Just in paint there you'd have $100-110 right there. If you can buy the paint yourself you can get a 10% off coupon for Home Depot or Lowes to save a little.


ProtusMose
Immortal. Eternal.
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join:2001-10-03
Bellevue, NE
kudos:4
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reply to cowboyro
It may be the easiest, but it's also a giant PITA. My wife asked family for money to get the interior painted. The cathedral ceiling is pretty to look at (or will be once it's painted) but I'll be darned if I'm constructing some rickety ghetto scaffolding or paying to buy one for a one time use to paint it.


Msradell
P.E.
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join:2008-12-25
Louisville, KY
reply to Midgard
said by Midgard:

Quick guess is $500-700 for everything if you have licensed help that does the job correctly.

I've never heard of a painter or any health for in that field being licensed?


cowboyro
Premium
join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT
reply to ProtusMose
said by ProtusMose:

but I'll be darned if I'm constructing some rickety ghetto scaffolding or paying to buy one for a one time use to paint it.

There is always the rental option. Not expensive at all... Truck rental is also fairly inexpensive.


Jon
Premium
join:2001-01-20
Lisle, IL
reply to Msradell
said by Msradell:

I've never heard of a painter or any health for in that field being licensed?

What?


Sopper
Premium
join:2000-11-02
Rochester, MN
reply to cowboyro
said by cowboyro:

$80 in paint, rollers, brushes and tape plus a weekend.
Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

Painting is far from idiot proof. It takes skill, and plenty of practice, to paint well...


Sopper
Premium
join:2000-11-02
Rochester, MN
reply to TherapyChick
Depending on the number of windows and doors, I have seen painters charge $50-100 per wall as long as you supply the paint.


Jon
Premium
join:2001-01-20
Lisle, IL
reply to Sopper
said by Sopper:

said by cowboyro:

$80 in paint, rollers, brushes and tape plus a weekend.
Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

Painting is far from idiot proof. It takes skill, and plenty of practice, to paint well...

I won't let my wife paint. As much as I hate doing it, she sucks at it. I hate it but take my time and do a good job. My sister-in-law is a terrible painter too. So no, it's not idiot-proof.

dgoner
Premium
join:2002-03-08
Knox, IN
reply to TherapyChick
I just started a painting project. I'm being charged by the hour. $ 22 per hr. I've been told that most union painters working it as a side job will charge about $ 25 per hr.

dgoner
Premium
join:2002-03-08
Knox, IN
Just to add this does not include any of my supplies. I'm buying those.


Midgard

join:2010-10-11
MA
kudos:1
reply to Jon
said by Jon:

said by Sopper:

said by cowboyro:

$80 in paint, rollers, brushes and tape plus a weekend.
Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

Painting is far from idiot proof. It takes skill, and plenty of practice, to paint well...

I won't let my wife paint. As much as I hate doing it, she sucks at it. I hate it but take my time and do a good job. My sister-in-law is a terrible painter too. So no, it's not idiot-proof.

It's the opposite for me. I hate painting and the wife loves it. She'd prefer me not to paint. She takes FOREVER to paint since she tapes the $%#^# out of the room then paints the ceilings. Let's it dry for 48 hours then removes the tape and re-tapes the %$^# out of it to do the walls. She does great work but it takes over a week for her to do a room.


The Pig
I know you want to be me
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join:2009-09-11
reply to TherapyChick
Should be around $225!
If they are just doing 4 walls it should take longer then 4 hours double coat!


Ken
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join:2003-06-16
Markle, IN

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reply to cowboyro
said by cowboyro:

Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

I'm not trying to put you down so don't take this the wrong way. But usually when I hear someone say something about how easy painting is I can go in their house and tell immediately they have no idea how to paint. Roller marks, drips, paint on the trim, poor cut in along the ceiling, dirt and lint in the paint, etc. Again I'm not singling you out specifically, but easily 90% of the time when someone says painting is easy it's because they are doing it wrong. I hate painting, and it's because I know how incredibly difficult it is.


cowboyro
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join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT
said by Ken:

said by cowboyro:

Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

I'm not trying to put you down so don't take this the wrong way. But usually when I hear someone say something about how easy painting is I can go in their house and tell immediately they have no idea how to paint. Roller marks, drips, paint on the trim, poor cut in along the ceiling, dirt and lint in the paint, etc. Again I'm not singling you out specifically, but easily 90% of the time when someone says painting is easy it's because they are doing it wrong. I hate painting, and it's because I know how incredibly difficult it is.

If you do it right it's easy. Of course if you soak the roller until it's dripping because you're too lazy to touch the paint tray it becomes difficult and the result is ugly. Same if you try to squeeze the roller at the corners because you're too lazy to use a brush. I've painted my entire house with my wife and she is a neat freak... she sanded all the drip marks from the previous owners' painting...

joewho
Premium
join:2004-08-20
Dundee, IL
reply to TherapyChick
For decent paint think $70 for 2 gals. An average painter with a good reputation should charge 200-225 plus the 70 for paint.
2 gallons gets you one coat without much left over. There's about 500 sq. ft. of walls.


CylonRed
Premium,MVM
join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
reply to Jon
I have color issues - the first coat as long as the difference in color is pretty large I am ok - second coat I am useless. I don't paint - I hate it and I hate cleaning my glasses off.

Was painting our bedroom before we moved in - when doing the second coat my wife kept yelling at me that I missed a spot - I could not see where I missed.
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Brian

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horsemouth1
Please Clarify My CSP
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join:2002-03-13
canada
reply to Ken
said by Ken:

said by cowboyro:

Painting is about the easiest, idiot-proof DIY job...

I'm not trying to put you down so don't take this the wrong way. But usually when I hear someone say something about how easy painting is I can go in their house and tell immediately they have no idea how to paint. Roller marks, drips, paint on the trim, poor cut in along the ceiling, dirt and lint in the paint, etc. Again I'm not singling you out specifically, but easily 90% of the time when someone says painting is easy it's because they are doing it wrong. I hate painting, and it's because I know how incredibly difficult it is.

LOL so true. I spent 24 hr working time painting my living room.
Day 1
Disconnect all electronics and move to spare room.
Move all art and small treasures to a safe place.
Move all big furniture to the center of room and cover it up.
Remove all switch/plug plates and soak them in soapy water.
Lunch.
Set up fans
Sand all walls and trim.
Wash all walls and trim with TSP.
Rinse all walls and and trim with water.
Rolled the ceiling with stain blocker.
Mixed up Durabond 90 to patch holes.

Wife comes home from work and says her friends husband painted their living room in 4hr. "what did you do all day?"

Ronhel

join:2001-11-09
West Warwick, RI
I hate painting but paint loves me.
I open the can and it jumps out all over me like a magnet.


natedj
Elected
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join:2001-06-06
Columbia, SC
reply to Jon
said by Jon:

I won't let my wife paint. As much as I hate doing it, she sucks at it. I hate it but take my time and do a good job. My sister-in-law is a terrible painter too. So no, it's not idiot-proof.

Hope your wife or sister-in-law doesn't read this and find out they fail the idiot test
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RWOTB
Premium
join:2002-12-04
reply to Ronhel
said by Ronhel:

I hate painting but paint loves me.
I open the can and it jumps out all over me like a magnet.

ROFLOL!