Paint a room
Painted room. (Olympic Paints / February 8, 2014)
A contractor will charge $1,874 to prepare and paint one coat of latex paint on the ceiling, walls and woodwork of a 15-by-20-foot room (900 square feet) with two windows and two doors. That includes the labor and material. A handy homeowner can buy the paint and equipment for $175 and do the job himself, saving 90 percent.
To get the most professional-looking results, plan to spend more time preparing the surfaces than actually applying the paint. Fill any nail holes or nicks in the walls with a wallboard repair compound and sand them smooth. Do the same to any damaged woodwork or trim using a wood repair compound. Apply a stain block primer like Kilz to any stains to prevent them from re-emerging through the new coat of paint.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$1,874 -- $175 -- 29.7 -- 34.0 -- $1,699 -- 91 percent
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