A painting contractor will charge $513 to make minor repairs and apply a primer and latex texture paint finish to a 300-square-foot ceiling, or in a 15-by20-foot room. That price includes the material and labor. You can buy the patching compound, primer, paint and tools for $80 and do it yourself, saving 84 percent. The materials are sold at paint stores and in the paint sections of hardware stores and home centers. A number of different tools can be used -- including a whisk broom, putty knife, sponge, trowel, wallpaper brush or heavy nap roller -- to create different effects. Before working on the ceiling, practice and experiment on a scrap piece of wallboard to help decide what suits your ceiling best.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$513 -- $80 -- 7.1 -- 9.0 -- $433 -- 84 Percent