Hey, folks. It’s Josh. I’ve been super busy these past couple of months working on our HFHS project house. As we mentioned in our last update, the house is coming along, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon. We’ve learned a LOT while working on this project! One task we recently completed was painting all of the interior. A lot more goes into painting than you might guess, so I thought it would be fun to share a thorough breakdown of everything we encountered and learned as we painted this house. If you have any big painting projects in your future, I highly recommend you check out some of these tips and lessons we learned so hopefully your project goes smoothly.
Curb appeal isn’t all about the walls. Other outdoor features — such as trim, doors, and gutters — need new paint every once in a while, too. Painting these parts of your house along with the siding can give the whole exterior a clean, put-together look. .
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Peeling paint, chipped siding, or other issues are often symptoms of underlying issues in the stucco or wood. A house's frame can become damaged by weather over time, which can bubble up into surface-level issues with the outer coats of paint. At SF House Painting, we recognize this, and prioritize carpentry and repair work which fixes the underlying issues. All of our projects start with this preparation phase, ensuring the longevity of your paint job. We even offer a free five-year warranty. We're that confident that our products will last. Contact SF House Painting if your house is in need of a new paint job.
Painting a 2,500 sq.ft. house will cost between $7,500 and $10,000 on average. You’ll need to hire professional painters and use between six to seven gallons of paint. This is generally the size of an average home. Prices for your project may vary depending on how complex the job is and if you’re painting your ceilings, too.
Painting the inside of a home requires attention to detail, a high degree of organization and neatness, and a great Team!
If you choose a higher quality interior paint from Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore, expect to pay $50-$70 per gallon. If choosing lower-grade paint for a big box store like Lowes or Home Depot, you can expect to pay $30-$45 per gallon.
Note on homes built before 1978: Lead paint application was outlawed in 1978. If your home was built before 1978 and needs significant scraping prior to repainting, lead abatement might be required. A widely quoted cost from the US EPA is $8-$15 per square foot for lead abatement which shows just how expensive this can be. Those costs are not included in this estimate of exterior painting costs.
If you want to save some money, you can choose to paint the house yourself. In fact, most homeowners decide to tackle an interior paint job more often than an exterior paint job. This is one of the reasons interior paint jobs are a bit cheaper than exterior ones.
You can make removal of chipped paint simple by using a scraping tool for quick removal, a wire brush to quickly dispose of leftover bits, and sandpaper to make the surface smooth again.
If the wall you’re painting is in good condition and you aren’t trying to cover up stains or a darker color of paint, you might be able to skip the primer altogether. You would save money in the moment, but the paint job would be lower quality and you may have to repaint sooner.
Painting Tip! Sometimes your painting company will leave you with extra paint leftover from your trim painting project. Use it to touch up major nicks and dings to prolong the life of your trim.
BEHR paints are available in quarts for painting a small area, and five-gallon pails for a very large area.
If you've ever tried your hand at painting your home yourself, you know that it can be a big job. There's a lot more to it than selecting a color and picking up a paint brush, so it's a good idea to hire a professional painter to achieve professional results. Plus, a new paint job can even boost the value of your home, so it’s extremely important to do it right.
The estimates given above should only be used for preliminary planning. All Wall Surfaces are figured for 8’ high ceilings.
Painting your house interior also includes ceiling painting. Repainting a ceiling can be a great way to brighten up any room of your home. Over time, white ceilings will show up yellow in spots due to sunlight, moisture, and other daily wear. Unfortunately, you may not be able to see the yellowing until it’s too late since the process is very gradual.
Ceilings may require just as much prep as the walls depending on the situation. Water damage and fixing cracks in ceilings is often a costly necessity. The added cost is due to the difficulty of performing prep work like sanding, patching, and priming an overhead surface and safe ladder work.