Calculating Your House Painting Cost

Cost of painting a houseOne of the downsides of home-ownership is the house painting cost you face when your home needs to be repainted. As this happens at least every few years, you could be looking at a large outlay over the course of the years. It’s important to factor this cost into your estimates when you’re looking at buying a house, as a larger house will cost you more each time you need to re-paint. That said, of course re-painting is an excellent opportunity to change the color and decorative scheme of your home. Consider your colors carefully; not only should one room be well put-together, you’ll also want your home to work as a unit. Don’t be afraid to introduce some bold colors as they will allow your home to speak out loudly of your character. That said, you’ll want the outside of your home to fit into the neighborhood to some degree. Standing out is wonderful, but check the rules and regulations set out by your local homeowners’ association to ensure you’re not about to break any of them. On the inside, on the other hand, you are completely free to do whatever you want and can let your hair down a bit more.

The interior house painting cost can vary greatly, according to how many rooms you need to paint and how big these rooms are. It’s a good idea to measure each room and buy more paint than you think you’ll need. Obviously, you could keep these costs down by buying cheaper paints, but it is not always a good idea to do so. You want the highest quality you can afford, because low-quality paints will let your old color scheme shine through and will not provide you with the coverage you need.

The issue then becomes what to do with your furniture while you paint. Moving furniture from room to room so you can paint without worrying about ruining bedding, sofas or tables is the best idea as a general rule. However, old sheets or polythene sheeting can help you keep the paint off your furniture too, if you drape them across the bits you need to protect.

house painting costMany thin layers will end up giving a much nicer result than few thick ones. You don’t want drips and runnels, after all, so take your time and, while it may take a bit longer, you’ll be able to enjoy the result far more. One-coat paints for interior surfaces are widely available, but don’t expect them to take only one coat. You’ll usually have to slap on two or three coats onto the walls regardless, as you want complete coverage. Again, taking the time to do things right will not only give you more pleasure from the end result but will also mean you can put off re-painting for longer as your paint job will last as long as possible.

Gloss paints will let you put a new coat of color on your woodwork, such as doors, skirting boards and banisters. Most people opt for plain white, and for good reason; not only is plain white a color to suit most schemes, it is also the cheapest option. As such, you could be reducing your cost by opting for white. However, if you can afford it you may wish to choose a more original color to suit your decorative scheme. Again, many thin layers will produce a better result than a few thick ones, and don’t forget to sand down your woodwork before applying the gloss; otherwise you will get bubbling.

In terms of exterior house painting cost, you’re looking at a sizable amount depending on the size of your home. It is usually worth it to let a professional painters paint the exterior of your home as you can be at great risk if you’re unable to use the correct safety gear. To find a good professional house painter, use all the tools at your disposal rather than choosing the cheapest one by default. You want someone who is good at his job and who has proven to be reliable; as such, you’ll need to look at such websites as Yelp and Google to ensure there are no clients whose houses were ruined or whose money mysteriously went missing without the service being performed. The painter will also be able to help you decide on a color scheme that suits your home, your neighborhood and your personal tastes.

Painting your house is a regular event. A good time to do it is in the autumn, to shield your home from the impact of cold weather, as the paint provides the wood with some protection. Alternatively, the spring or summer are good times too. Obviously, winter (or particularly cold or wet fall weather) is no good as the paint will never dry. You’ll want to be sure the weather is conducive to drying as your home will need to dry completely between each set of two layers.

Ventilation is very important, especially when using gloss paints inside the home. The cost of painting a house needn’t be prohibitive, but the build-up of fumes could lead to doctor’s bills which will raise the stakes considerably, so ensure you keep everyone healthy by leaving windows open and providing excellent airflow throughout your home and through the newly painted room or rooms.

house painting pricesPainting a kitchen, specifically, can be a bit of a challenge as you won’t want paint to be mixed into your food at any stage. Empty your kitchen of any and all edible goods as well as pots, pans and china. This will be especially important if you plan to paint cabinet doors and drawer-fronts, but the easiest way to ensure nothing is contaminated is by removing any and all foods you plan to eat during the painting from the kitchen before you get stuck in.

House painting prices may seem like a prohibitive cost, but this is not at all the truth. In fact, between the issues you may deal with after not painting your home for too long, and the low price of paint today, you can count on them to be far more reasonable than expected. However, if you don’t have unlimited means it is a good idea to be prepared by calculating the amount of money you will need in advance. This requires you to measure every room you plan to paint as well as gather details on the paint you intend to use. Look into the cost of local painters if you want to hire one; however, you can save quite a bit of money by putting in the elbow grease yourself. But how do you estimate the cost in advance?

A good way to get some idea of how much you’re going to need to spend on house painting is by using a house painting cost estimator. This will allow you to budget for your house and will let you input the measurements of your room. You’ll also enter a number of other details such as the number of doors and windows, the hourly rate you’ll pay a painter if you’ve elected to hire one, and the coverage provided by your paint. After you finish entering these details, the calculator will be able to tell you precisely how much you should expect to pay for the room in question. This is an invaluable resource, as it allows you to budget reasonably accurately. However, as you never know what may crop up during the painting process, it’s a good idea to budget an extra eur100 or so just in case of an emergency. For example, a bucket of paint may be knocked over, or the paint may simply not provide the coverage specified. For these contingencies it is a good idea to have some emergency money set aside for your painting project.

Ultimately, repainting your house seems like a huge undertaking. It’s a good idea to split it up into pieces. For example, one year you can re-paint the ground floor, then the next year you can re-paint the second floor and the year after that the outside gets a new coat. That way you won’t end up spending a huge amount of money all at once and you can spread the workload. Happy painting!


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Exterior Painting – Common Mistakes

Exterior Painting in Dublin – Common Mistakes

The outside of your house makes a powerful statement in terms of style and curb appeal. Don’t let a bad exterior paint job ruin the look. When planning such a project, try to avoid these common mistakes.

  • Hiring the wrong painting contractor–When looking for an exterior painting contractor in Dublin, make sure you call references and also go visit the work. You want a painting contractor with an eye for detail and a flair for color selection. It helps to get advice from someone who knows how to blend paint colors with roofing, sidewalk and patio materials.
  • Improper Prep Work–Detail is critical to a good exterior painting project. Look for a painting contractor who will properly clean, scrape and repair exterior materials before painting. Otherwise the exterior paint job will suffer and you’ll end up redoing the work in a few years.
  • Ignoring the Weather–While painters can paint in many conditions, there are times when they should not attempt the work. When the temperature falls below freezing for a few days or when rain is imminent, it often is best not to do exterior painting.
  • Using An Unattractive Color Scheme–While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, try to go with a color palette that would appeal to a wide group of people. Make sure the trim colors offer some contrast against the main house colors, for example.

Exterior painting is an intense job, particularly on houses that have lots of trim, shutters and other visual elements to highlight. Spend some time looking for the right painting contractor who will focus on the details. Then listen to suggestions on the color selection. You may find a new palette that takes your exterior painting to a new level.


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How to Store Paint

how-to-store-paintKnowing how to safely store paint is important since the material is among those that can potentially poison people and the environment. It is also very annoying to deal with dried out and caked paint. However, the harm that can be done to the body by such caustic substances is more serious. You can prevent it from happening to you and your family by following a few guidelines for storing paint and other hazardous materials. Avoid storing your paints in areas that are exposed to extreme temperatures since too much heat or cold can affect the quality of the paint. Too much heat on oil based paint can also cause a fire. If you are storing paint and other hazardous substances, do not put them on containers that are used for food or beverage. If they are ingested by somebody, the result could be fatal. Check the label of the container before discarding paint and other similar substances. Most of them specify a particular disposal instruction. You should not also bury or burn them.

Materials Needed

  • Rubber mallet
  • Paint brush
  • Permanent marker

Step 1 – Sealing the Paint Can

When you are resealing left over paint in the can, prevent air from coming into contact with the paint surface as it will form a skin. Get a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper and cut it into a circle. Put it inside the can and float it on top of the remaining paint. Wipe the rim clean of excess paint and put the lid back. Ensure a tight seal by tapping it with a rubber mallet.

Step 2 – Marking the Paint Cans

To indicate the level and color of paint in a particular can, use a brush to paint a line on the exterior of the paint can. Use the same color as the paint that is inside the can.  Use a permanent marker to write a note on the side of the can that will tell you when you bought the paint and where you get it. Include the room or wall that the paint has been used on as well.

Step 3 – Reserving Paint for Touch Ups

To have paint available for touch up jobs, pour a small portion of your left over paint on a jar. When there is a need to do a touch up in the future, you do not have to open and reseal the paint can. This will require you to do the sealing and marking process all over again. As with the paint can, label the jar with the color and mixing formula of the paint, where it was used and the date it was bought.

Other hazardous materials such as thinner or kerosene should be stored in a tightly sealed container. Label the containers prominently and store them in a cool and well ventilated location. They should also be kept in an area that is separate from the house. If you have a storage shack or a detached garage, it would be safer to keep them there than putting them in your porch or basement.


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How to Strip Wallpaper With a Smile

stripping_wallpaperThe secret to stripping wallpaper lies in the correct use of water, patience and a good scraper.

Firstly you need to peel off the top protective layer to reveal the backing paper beneath. I would advise lifting the bottom corner and carefully peeling the paper up slowly until you have about 12′ completely flapping. Then you can pull a bit harder for a bit of fun!

What most clean freaks forget – leave the dry strippings scrumpled up on the floor (to catch any splashes of water).

Second, load a sponge till it drips a little, then lightly scrub a patch a foot square. Keep rubbing gently till the sponge is dry. Repeat this on the next adjacent patch and the next, until you notice the first square drying up. This is your natural break, so return to the first patch – rinse and repeat the whole process three or four times until the paper is absolutely sodden and ready to almost fall off.

Some say it is best to start soaking from the bottom and work up, but there seems to be no difference either way. Regardless of where you start, keep working steady and sure, not in mad bursts.

Finally, when the paper is clearly ready to fall off with a little help, use a proper scraper – get rid of that traditional blunt scraper, and use a long handled professional scraper (from Stanley) with a 4 or 5′ razor blade. Patience and a steady hand and the well soaked paper will come off very easily. There is no reason (nor excuse) for gouging the surface with your scraper.

If it gets too hard to strip – let more water do the work.

Wallpaper stripping problems occur when you try to take short cuts.

Steam strippers – No!! I have childhood memories of my parents struggling with steam strippers, filling the house with condensation, scalding their hands and literally blowing cracks in the plaster by holding the steam plate in one place for too long! I can’t recall any place for a steam stripper in a decorator’s tool kit.

Slashing the top layer of vinyl paper with a knife – No!! Professional painters also make mistakes, like slashing the top layer with a knife, supposedly to let the water penetrate the surface paper. In my experience, water does penetrate faster, but it creates hundreds of little pieces and overall, slows down the stripping process.

Using more than a sponge – Maybe!! Rollering water onto the walls is fast, but you need the floor covered (or ideally carpet-free) in readiness for a big soaking. Airless spray is the fastest way to blast wallpaper off, but not everyone has a big enough wallpaper job to make it worth working that way.

Water and patience can strip anything

Given enough time, water can dissolve diamonds, so clearly, old paste behind wallpaper is no match for water. In general terms, the correct balance of patience and water, and of course a good scraper, can make for a wonderful, gleeful experience.

Taking it steady, I would be surprised if I couldn’t completely remove 8 rolls of wallpaper in a day, check the walls for filling – and still be smiling, ready to rub the walls smooth, and hang some more wallpaper the following day, hopefully!


Josef Volf – managing director of
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Wallpaper steamer is a good tool for stripping wallpapers.

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Home Decorating: Time Or Money?

home-decoratingOur homes may be our castles, but when it comes to decorating them, many of us choose to take the DIY option rather than pay expensive decorators’ fees. Much of the time there is an obvious financial motivation for this – you’re effectively paying someone’s wages while they decorate your home, so the costs soon add up.

However, many people genuinely enjoy doing their own decorating. For many people, it’s a fantastic way of making a house a home. It’s natural to want to make the places we live visually our own. It’s one of the ways that we communicate our identities to others, showing people who come to visit who we are.

This doesn’t necessarily imply DIY – any good professional painter and decorator will be able to follow instructions and put our ‘identity stamp’ on our homes for us, but it’s undeniable that there is a strong sense of satisfaction to be gained from doing the job without help. From the initial stages of choosing papers, paints and effects, through to establishing themes and coordinating different elements – with so many property shows and magazines around, we’ve all become designers.

Despite all this, sometimes, it’s good to enlist some professional help. It might seem as if decorating’s a simple task, but few DIYers will be able to do as efficient or speedy job as a professional decorator. While some people might find they take naturally to pasting wallpaper and painting stencils, not everyone’s blessed with practical skills. If you can afford it, it can often be worth paying for a quality, quick job.

If you have the skills to do a good job, and the spare time to do it in, then doing your own decorating can be a great, satisfying experience. If you’re not so skilled, or have a busy life, then consider paying to get some help from a professional if you can afford it, or you might find yourself regretting a botched job.


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