HOW MUCH TO PAINT A ROOM?

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I love decorating. It’s probably the best value for money when you want to get rid of a tired kitchen or living room and put some energy back into your home. Nice fresh paintwork with a decent bit of flooring and furniture will energise you life and make you feel invigorated.

The beauty of painting and decorating is that it is not a huge outlay to create a whole new look, a change in style or to create a new mood for any room. No other home improvement category will give you such a quick changeover and that is why homeowners actually love to get the paint brushes out or to call the decorators to create a whole new look for tired and dreary looking rooms.


SO HOW MUCH TO PAINT A ROOM?

To get an idea of how much it costs to paint a room we need to look at an average front room, reception, front lounge or whatever you want to call it. Lets say the size is about 12 ft x 11 ft and presently the ceiling walls and woodwork are painted.

Just repainting a room is the cheapest option as all it involves is a couple of coats of Painter Painting Windowpaint to all surfaces and you’re done. Depending on a few variables such as occupied or unoccupied, with or without a floor covering and the state of the existing decor the average price to repaint would be in the region of 300 - 450 inclusive of material.

Clearly if you have to move and protect furniture it will slow the job down. If you have carpets or a decent floor down they it will have to be protected which will also slow you down and involve additional costs.

Now suppose the walls were very rough and no amount of filling and sanding would make it look really nice then you would normally consider lining the walls with a lining paper before you paint. This would give the appearance of much better walls and a much nicer finish but would also involve additional costs.

Wallpaper is now making a revival and it may be that you would rather finish the walls by wallpapering rather than paint. This will shoot up the costs by at last the costs of the wallpaper and probably a few extra pounds on the labour.

In general you should be able to redecorate an average 12 ft x 11 ft room anyway you like for less than 500 so it does represent great value for money by comparison to other home improvement projects.

Most decorating projects like repainting a room can be done within 2 to 3 days and if you have the space empty out as much as you can in the way of ornamentation and small items of furniture to other rooms.

If you have rooms with curtains they will have to come down and it is also a good time to take them to the cleaners if they have been up for a long period.

It also usual to remove all picture hooks and hanging nails from the wall as part of the preparation as you are then left with a whole new blank space when the room has been completed.


WHAT PAINT SHOULD I USE INSIDE THE HOUSE?

When it comes to the paint finishes it is usually vinyl matt for the ceilings. With walls the main options are vinyl matt and vinyl silk with probably 75% of all walls being completed in vinyl matt mainly because the vinyl silk has a sheen to it and highlights all the defects on a plain wall. Other problems arise if you need to touch up after the job has been finished as the area you touched up usually remains visible if viewed from an angle.

When it comes to painting skirting, windows and door frames the most common indoor paint in use today is eggshell which is a tough semi-gloss paint.


HOW MUCH PAINT DO I NEED TO PAINT A ROOM?

When it comes to paint quantity for your average 12 ft x 11 ft room you will usually require:

If you have more than one room to paint it usually works out cheaper on the material as you buy larger tubs that are better value than the small ones.

 


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