Is DIY Painting Worth It?

Home renovations can be a pricey business. But, as any good homeowner knows, a fresh coat of paint can add instant life to your shutters, your living room, or your front door. So, is it worth it to hire a professional for the job? There are a few things that you've got to keep in mind before you start the painting process. First of all – a room uses about 2 gallons of paint to cover. Depending on whether or not you're picking flat, semi-gloss, or high-gloss, gallons can cost anywhere from $30 to $60. You'll also need to allot for a paint primer, which will make the room's new look a lot smoother. Painting a whole room – or a whole house – can be very time consuming, though. So, should you leave it to the professionals? Check out these tips from our friends at Coinage to see if it's worth trying to DIY your home.


Coin it. Life well spent. Presented by Gieco. The appearance of a room can drastically change with a fresh coat of paint. The average room will take an average two gallons of paint to fully cover. If you're painting the room by yourself, paint generally costs between 30 to 60 dollars per gallon. Paints also come in three different finishes, flat, semi gloss, or high gloss. What you choose will affect the price. Before you paint you'll need a primer which costs about seven and $15 per can. By the time you purchase rollers and a drop cloth, homeowners can expect to spend between $200 and $300 refurbishing their room. Hiring a professional will give you higher quality paint job and it can save you more time. The price for an interior job relies on three factors, location, type of job and the painter's experience. On average, homeowners can expect to spend between $25 to $100 per hour. Generally, it takes painters two hours to apply one coat of paint. With two coats of paint and a primer, homeowners can expect to pay around $150 to $600 per room. When receiving the price estimate make sure to ask your painter if the rate also includes materials like paint. If they don't, expect to pay a little more. Whichever option you side, we are sure the new [UNKNOWN] spice up your living room. [MUSIC] Coinage. Life, well spent. Presented by GEICO.
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