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Prices for painting

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2014

Read about remodeling costs and estimating labor expenses first

How much does it cost to paint a house?

On average, cost of basic single coat of paint application on walls and ceiling in one 150 ft2 bedroom vary from $125 to $165 excluding paint expenses and actual prices will be determined by a number of factors. Typically painting interior of three bedroom 2,150 square feet house will be estimated at $3,050 - $3,450 for labor only.

Cost to paint a room

Interior painting prices chart (cost per room to get painted)1
Room type, size
Labor cost to paint walls2
Labor cost to paint a ceiling3
Paint prices4
Total cost5
Bedroom, living room
Up to 11' x 11'
$55 - $75
$35 - $40
$55 - $70
$145 - $185
11' x 11' - 17' x 17'
$75 - $105
$40 - $50
$65 - $90
$180 - $245
17' x 17' - 23' x 23'
$105 - $155
$50 - $90
$85 - $140
$240 - $385
Bigger than 23' x 23'
$155 - $185+
$90 - $105+
$140 - $165+
$385 - $455+
Closet6
Regular closet 24" x 72"
$30 - $50
$15 - $20
$20 - $30
$65 - $100
Walk in closet up to 5' x 7'
$45 - $60
$20 - $35
$35 - $40
$100 - $135
Walk in closet bigger than 5'x7'
$60 - $90
$25 - $50
$40 - $60
$125 - $200
Bathroom
Up to 6' x 10'
$55 - $70
$25 - $35
$30 - $45
$110 - $150
6'x10' - 10'x12'
$70 - $85
$35 - $45
$45 - $65
$150 - $195
Bigger than 10' x 12'
$85 - $130
$45 - $70
$65 - $105
$195 - $305
Kitchen
Up to 14'x14'
$60 - $95
$35 - $45
$35 - $70
$130 - $210
Bigger than 14' x 14'
$95 - $140
$45 - $80
$70 - $95
$210 - $315
Hallway
Up to 5'x12'
$40 - $50
$25 - $30
$35 - $50
$100 - $130
Bigger than 5' x 12'
$50 - $140
$30 - $70
$50 - $95
$125 - $305
Staircase (per linear foot charge)
Walls both sides
$5.5 / Ln. Ft.
$2.5 / Ln. Ft.
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Wall one side
$3.5 / Ln. Ft.
$2.5 / Ln. Ft.
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1 Cost of painting rooms in the house calculated based on one coat of paint application on ceiling and walls only. Painting prices in the chart estimated accounting 4 rooms job order minimum excluding painting closets. Smaller projects will be priced at higher rate per room to paint.

2 Average labor costs to paint a room are charges for standard work to paint rooms with 8’ ceiling height excluding materials expenses. Walls or ceiling surface preparation will be quoted separately. Custom painting of a room with a lot of details including combination of a few colors on a single wall will result in extra fees. Painting accent walls will be priced at additional $35 fee per wall on top of its regular cost stated in the chart.

3 Painting cathedral, vaulted, tray and cove ceilings will be charged at 60% - 85% higher rate for one color of paint application. Combination of two or more colors on a coffered ceiling will result in double or triple the labor cost.

4 Paint prices identified as the cost of a paint contractor or painter will purchase at his own discretion. It is optional charge and will be excluded from the overall cost in case paint will be provided by a homeowner.

5 Total cost cannot be assumed as gross charges to get a room painted, but as a labor rate for one coat of paint application and cost of paint itself. Final price to get walls and ceiling painted will be adjusted depending on a number of coats applied.

6 Cost to paint a closet estimated based on same color of paint application on walls and ceiling and assuming there are no shelves on walls.

Cost to paint house interior

Interior painting prices chart (cost per house to get painted)7
House (apartment) size
Labor cost8
Paint prices
Total cost
1 story up to 1000 ft2 2 Bd
$1750 - $2300
$270 - $320
$2,020 - $2620
1 story 1001 ft2 - 1700 ft2 3 Bd
$2301 - $3150
$321 - $430
$2622 - $3580
1 story 1701 ft2 - 2400 ft2 3 Bd
$3151 - $3550
$431 - $540
$3581 - $4090
2 story 1600 ft2 - 2300 ft2 3 Bd
$3350 - $3750
$560 - $670
$3910 - $4420
2 story 2301 ft2 - 2900 ft2 4 Bd
$3751 - $4050
$671 - $780
$4422 - $4830
2 story 2901 ft2 - 3500 ft2 5 Bd
$4051 - $4450
$781 - $880
$4832 - $5330

7 Cost to paint house interior estimated as a charge for painting all rooms including closets and hallways. All prices calculated based on one coat of paint application on the ceilings and two coats of paint application on walls using a paint roller and brush with no custom work involved.

8 Labor cost excludes preparation work. Painting windows, doors, trims and moldings will be estimated as separate charges and typically will increase total cost at 25% – 40%.

Prices in charts are actual only for empty houses or rooms with no furniture.

Cost of painting house exterior

Exterior painting prices chart (cost per house to get painted)9
House size
Labor cost
Paint prices
Total cost
1 story up to 1500 ft2
$1200 - $1350
$250 - $350
$1450 - $1700
1 story 1501 ft2 - 2100 ft2
$1351 - $1600
$350 - $450
$1701 - $2050
2 story 1700 ft2 - 2200 ft2
$1550 - $1800
$450 - $500
$2000 - $2300
2 story 2201 ft2 - 3100 ft2
$1801 - $2250
$550 - $650
$2351 - $2900
2 story 3101 ft2 - 4200 ft2
$2251 - $2600
$650 - $700
$2901 - $3300

9 Cost to paint house exterior calculated based on one coat of water based exterior paint application using paint sprayer and exclude preparation work. Pressure washing house, cleaning and preparing the surface for paint application normally increase the total cost at 30% – 45%.

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Main factors affecting the cost to paint a house

Condition of surface

Painting primed ceiling and walls on a new construction typically will be priced cheaper for equal amount of paints coats applied because paintable surface normally without any damages. If it is a home renovation project some repair work such as patching holes, fixing cracks, and caulk application should be done prior to actual paint application. If it an exterior painting project old paint might chipped badly and needs to be removed. All extra work will result in final price increase.

Colors combination

Usually within one room ceiling is a one color, and walls are another. If walls in the same room have to be painted in different colors it will cost more. Applications of more than one color on one wall consider as a custom work and will increase total price as well. In some cases even the color is matter. Usually quality products needs to be applies twice (two coats) of colored paint, but really dark colors such as red or dark blue have to be applied 3 – 4 times in order to make the surface evenly covered.

Size of a project and work quality

Painting multiple rooms in the house will cost cheaper per room comparing to hire a painter for painting only one room. Local handyman might offer the best price on labor, but with a least expensive estimate always make realistic expectations about work quality.

Does the paint finish will affect the cost to pain a room?

It is doesn’t matter where it is flat finish or gloss - the cost of painting a house won’t be quoted based of paint sheen. But labor expenses might be different whether if you will use water or oil based paint. Many wood elements in the room like moldings, baseboards or doors can be painted using oil-based paint what might increase the labor cost.

Typical additional charges associated with painting a house
Trim or molding painting
$0.50 - $0.65 / Ln. Ft.
Door painting
$30 - $45 each
Wall paper removal
$0.60 - $0.75 / Sq. Ft.
Fixing walls
$35 - $45 per hour

How much did you spend or think it is a fair price to pay for house painting?

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.