Prices for painting
All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2015
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
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
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%.
Cost of painting house exterior
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%.
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.
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.
* 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.