Cost To Paint Interior Of A House – Estimate DIY vs Contractor Prices

It costs about $2,900 -3,500 to professionally paint the interior of a 1,500 sq.ft. house. If you do the all the work yourself, you can save up to 50-60% off.

Aside from the money, you need to consider how much time this project will take to do solo, your painting skills, and the quality of work you want to have.

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Painting a modern living room

We will break down the costs of hiring a painting contractor vs. going the DIY route, along with prices for tools, materials, and various paint brands.

Interior Painting Cost

Painting a room or the entire house on your own can be a good way to cut costs, but only if you’re sure you can get the job done right the first time. A contractor may be more expensive up front, but could save you money by avoiding the need for corrective painting.

Typically, the cost to paint walls only is about $1.40 – 2.10 per square foot. So for a 1,600 sq.ft. one storey house, your total painting cost will be $2,240 – $3,360.

However, if you want trim, doors, moldings, and ceilings done, expect to pay $2.95 – 3.5 per square foot . This is equivalent to $4,720 -5,600

If you have vaulted, tray or cathedral ceiling there will be about 10-25% up-charge, depending on the height, size and complexity of the ceiling construction.

Overall, the more square footage you want to paint, the cheaper your price per square will be. This is why hiring a pro to paint only one or two rooms is usually rather expensive, compared to repainting the entire house. For example it will cost you $380-565 to paint a 300 sq.ft. room (does not include trim, moldings, ceiling). This is equivalent to the cost $2.52 – 3.76 per square foot. . When you add all the extras, you total cost can be as high as $500-675

Additional Charges

Bedroom Color Ideas

You should be prepared for some additional costs that may come up during the projects.

Drywall Repair ($20-50 per hour): if your house walls have a fair amount of damage, it can take 4-10 hours to fix it.

Wall Paper Removal: if you want to get rid of old wall paper and repaint, the price of removing the wall paper can increase your total painting cost by 40-50%, because its such a time consuming process.

Paint Accent Wall: your cost will vary depending on the color used, the location and whether this color is being used in another part of the house. Expect to pay at least $80 for a small accent wall.

Moving Furniture: if you would like the contractors to move furniture expect to pay at least $100 – 150 for every room from which furniture needs to be removed.

Time And Effort Considerations

Once you get a professional painting estimate, you may start to consider getting the job done yourself. While your savings will be significant, you still need to invest in high-quality tools to mimic the results of a professional paint job.

Moreover, you need to be prepared to spend several days on this endeavor, which can be a challenge if you work full time. Working on weekends and evenings, it could take weeks to get every room in your home painted. If you need to do the renovation quickly and with minimal disruption, it may be justified to hire a pro. In a single day, a crew can finish a space that would take you several days or even weeks.

If you have never done this before, you may make mistakes when it comes to the finer details, such as lines between walls and ceiling, trim, etc. A DIY job may look sloppy upon close examination, and will ultimately not be satisfying. If you are planning to sell your house and painting it as part of a renovation, realtors recommend to hire a pro.

How To Prepare The Space

Neutral living room colors

Proper preparation can have as much of an impact on the finished project as the quality of paint and application. It’s important to prep all spaces very well before you paint.

First, you will need to remove all furniture from the room to make sure paint drips do not ruin it. Having an empty space is also essential to quickly move around the room. Next, you should clean all the walls and trim that will be painted, so that there is no surface dirt. You can use a water and detergent mixture for this purpose. Finally, remove all outlet covers and light switch covers, and fill any nail holes with painter’s putty.

Tools & Materials

If you choose to work with a professional, you won’t have to worry about getting the right tools and materials for the job. Your basic supplies will cost at least $150. Depending on the height of your ceilings, you may need a small stepladder. For taller rooms, though, you’ll most likely need a taller ladder.

Here is a list of supplies:

Patching Paste by UGL ($12.97): a fast-drying compound for patching large holes and cracks in plaster, drywall, wood, etc.

5 in 1 Tool by Hyde ($9): will help you scrape paint off the roller, pull nails, get old caulk out of joints.

No-Bleed Tape (Frog Tape) ($6): will prevent paint from seeping underneath.

Paint Can Opener ($1-2): use this tool instead of a screwdriver to avoid damaging the lid.

Flat Paint Brush Set (Pack of 2) ($5.50): if you are using latex based paint, it is best to select nylon or synthetic bristle brushes.

Paint Roller: $2-8

Paint Roller Flexible Extension Pole (2 – 4 ft): $20-40

Paint Roller Tray: $4-9

Roller Covers (4 pack): $4-5

Plastic Drop Cloth by Husky (Pack of 3): $4.97

Eye Protection Safety Glasses: $4-30

Protection Gloves: $1/pair

2-Step Ladder: $12

Ladder (4-6 ft): $30-50

Which Type Of Paint Should Your Use?

White Modern Living Room

One of the areas where you can control your spending, especially if you are on the budget, is the type of paint you use, as well as the brand. There is a huge selection to consider, ranging from as little as about $20 per gallon to as much as about $98 and up.

The reason for this drastic difference in price is the density and quality of base pigments. A bargain brand, such as Glidden, might only be made up of about 30% ground minerals for color. On the other hand, premium brands can boast a pigment content of up to 70%. While more expensive, this paint will require fewer coats, while offering a more lasting, saturated color.

High-end paint, such as Farrow & Ball costs much more up front, but is usually more durable and provides better results. While you may initially save with a budget brand, you may find yourself repainting a lot sooner.

Here’s a brief price comparison:

Flat and Matt Interior Paint

Glidden High Endurance Plus - $24/gallonValspar Signature Matte - $32/gallonSherwin-Williams Super Paint - $51/gallon
Ace Royal Interiors - $27/gallonBehr Premium Plus Ultra Flat - $32/gallonBenjamin Moore Aura Matte - $68/gallon
Valspar Ultra - $29/gallonBenjamin Moore Regal Classic - $40/gallonFarrow & Ball Estate Emulsion-$97/gallon

Eggshell and Satin Paint

Olympic Interior Eggshell Paint - $24/gallonBehr Premium Plus Ultra - $34/gallon Benjamin Moor Aura Satin - $68/gallon
Glidden Premium Eggshell Paint - $23/gallonValspar Signature - $34/gallonFarrow&Ball -$97/gallon
Kilz Casual Colors Satin - $30/gallonBenjamin Moore Regal Select - $ 39/gallonFine Paints of Europe Interior Satin - $230/gallon
Clark+Kensington Enamel - $32/gallonSherwin -Williams Cashmere - $ 38/gallon

Semi-Gloss Paint

Valspar Medallion Semi - Gloss - $20/gallonValspar Signature Semi-Gloss - $35/gallonBenjamin Moore Regal Select - $65
Behr Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss Enamel - $34/gallonZinsser Semi-Gloss - $46/gallonFarrow & Ball - $87/gallon
Clark+Kensington Semi-Gloss - $33/gallonSherwin-Williams Semi-Gloss - $56/gallonFine Paints of Europe - $300/gallon

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About Yelena G

Yelena G. has been working in the remodeling and construction industry for over 15 years. Her focus is on construction planning and design as well as project cost estimating. Yelena also has a personal interest in interior design, as well as in unique DIY remodeling projects. Read more about Yelena

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