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How Much Should You Spend to Paint a Room?

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Americans who plan to apply a new coat of paint for their rooms this year should expect to spend between $380 and $790, which covers an average-sized, 10×12 room.

This excludes ceilings, the cost of paint or your choice of contemporary wallpaper. You may also need to spend an extra amount if you want to remove existing trimmings and old wallpaper. On average, it may cost you a total of $1,756. While there are several options to choose from, it can be quite confusing to pick a product that lasts for a long time. You should consult a professional when you are unsure about what kind of paint is a good fit.

Estimating Your Budget

Set a budget to narrow your choices for paint products, and you can start by getting an accurate size of your room. This is probably the single biggest factor for estimating your expenses, especially if you want a professional to perform the job. A gallon of paint would only cover around 400 square feet of space. For good measure, it’s best to include the ceiling when counting the required number of cans.

If your room has textured walls, these would also require more cans since it has more surface area, despite not expanding your square footage. The contractor may also increase their rate because of this, although their estimate should ideally cover between 300 and 350 square feet of additional paint.

Other Price Factors

Another thing to consider when hiring a professional is their experience. Some professionals would only take an hour to finish a paint job for up to 120 square feet of flat surface. Think carefully if you wish a faster turnaround to save on paying additional hourly rates. A botched paint job may hurt the look of your home interior, which is not something that you want when you plan to sell it in the future.

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The brand of paint will also affect the overall price. Behr and Valspar are some of the cheapest: $31 per can for a flat finish. For semi-gloss finishing, Sherwin Williams is one of the most affordable at $62 per can. High-gloss paint finish range between $20 and $120 per can.

DIY Project

A DIY project saves you money on hiring someone else, but it takes up your time and energy. Hence, you should be ready to free up your schedule. It would only cost you at least $200 for paint supplies and equipment.

Those who still can’t afford to spend that much should simply use wallpaper. There are a lot option available online, although pick one that can be removed easily by the time you wish to have the walls painted in the future.

In the end, a new coat of paint is one of the cheapest ways to change the appearance of your home, which should ideally make it brand new. For this reason, you should hire a professional for better results. If you still find it too expensive, consider installing a new set of wallpaper.

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