What to charge for Painting??

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Felder, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. Felder

    Felder Guest

    Howdy folks,
    Just wondering if any painters could answer a question for me.

    How much would you charge someone to paint a room, assuming they buy the
    paint. What would you charge to paint just the walls, or the walls and
    trim, or just the ceiling or maybe even just the trim. Also, let's
    assume 400 sq.ft. for the wall area.

    Many Thanks,
    Felder
     
    Felder, Sep 16, 2004
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  2. Felder wrote:

    >
    > Howdy folks,
    > Just wondering if any painters could answer a question for me.
    >
    > How much would you charge someone to paint a room, assuming they
    > buy the paint. What would you charge to paint just the walls, or
    > the walls and trim, or just the ceiling or maybe even just the
    > trim. Also, let's assume 400 sq.ft. for the wall area.


    $125 for walls/floor trim
    and *either*
    paint ceiling same color
    or
    ceiling trim out (no paint ceiling)

    $ 75 additional to paint ceiling different color (trim time)

    $ 30 for each door or "simple" window cut in
    (just to the outermost edge of molding)

    $ 30 additional for each "complex" window cut in
    (total frame to glass edges) [$50 if muttons]

    So...Room with matching ceiling, 2 doors, 3 simple windows
    = $275 Could knock it off in 6 hours.

    Same room with 2nd color ceiling, 2 doors, 3 old wooden
    multi-panel windows...cha ching! lol...= $500 But it *is*
    going to take a day and a half, roughly twice the time.

    When can I start? <g>

    --
    The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
    aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
    Accept no substitutes! [ Use all your well-learned politesse,
    $1 to Mick for the .sig ---[ or I'll lay your soul to waste.
     
    I-zheet M'drurz, Sep 16, 2004
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  3. Felder

    m Ransley Guest

    If you have to ask you dont know how to paint. If you dont know how to
    paint your work could be worth Zero. A poorly done job may have to be
    redone. If they buy the paint how would you know if it is right for a
    One coat job.
     
    m Ransley, Sep 16, 2004
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  4. Felder

    xrongor Guest

    12.43 or 14.53.

    depends on the color

    randy

    "Felder" <> wrote in message
    news:2f52d.878$...
    >
    > Howdy folks,
    > Just wondering if any painters could answer a question for me.
    >
    > How much would you charge someone to paint a room, assuming they buy the
    > paint. What would you charge to paint just the walls, or the walls and
    > trim, or just the ceiling or maybe even just the trim. Also, let's
    > assume 400 sq.ft. for the wall area.
    >
    > Many Thanks,
    > Felder
     
    xrongor, Sep 16, 2004
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  5. Felder

    m Ransley Guest

    12.4286 more likely
     
    m Ransley, Sep 16, 2004
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  6. "xrongor" <> wrote in message

    > 12.43 or 14.53.
    >
    > depends on the color


    You work cheap. I'd not touch it for less than $14.86 no matter what color.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 16, 2004
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  7. Felder

    Sean Guest

    (m Ransley) wrote in message news:<>...
    > If you have to ask you dont know how to paint. If you dont know how to
    > paint your work could be worth Zero. A poorly done job may have to be
    > redone. If they buy the paint how would you know if it is right for a
    > One coat job.


    Maybe he was checking to see if he was being charged the right amount
    by someone else who is going to do the work?

    Sean

    http://homedecorate.com
     
    Sean, Sep 16, 2004
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  8. Felder

    m Ransley Guest

    If he if checking prices , he needs to get bids.
     
    m Ransley, Sep 16, 2004
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  9. Felder

    Greg G Guest

    On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 20:18:06 -0500, (m Ransley)
    wrote:

    >If you have to ask you dont know how to paint. If you dont know how to
    >paint your work could be worth Zero. A poorly done job may have to be
    >redone. If they buy the paint how would you know if it is right for a
    >One coat job.


    Many years ago we considered getting some young men from my
    mother-in-law's congregation to do some painting for us. They quoted
    us what seemed like a pretty high price. When asked if the quote
    wasn't a bit steep, they said, "Oh no. We ASKED PROFESSIONALS and
    that's what they said to charge".

    Needless to say, they didn't get the job.

    Greg Guarino
     
    Greg G, Sep 18, 2004
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  10. Felder

    felder Guest

    Sean () wrote...
    > (m Ransley) wrote in message news:<>...
    > > If you have to ask you dont know how to paint. If you dont know how to
    > > paint your work could be worth Zero. A poorly done job may have to be
    > > redone. If they buy the paint how would you know if it is right for a
    > > One coat job.

    >
    > Maybe he was checking to see if he was being charged the right amount
    > by someone else who is going to do the work?
    >
    > Sean
    >
    > http://homedecorate.com
    >


    No. Actually, I was thinking about doing my in-laws' neighbors room. I
    certainly wouldn't charge $125. Even if was to do the whole room. My
    only painting experience is in painting the rooms of my own home. I have
    done seven rooms thus far and find myself getting better and more
    efficient each time. To top it off I sort of like painting. I like to
    take pride in the work I do, so I do a good job. I just finished doing a
    room for my in-laws. Ceiling, walls and trim. I did it for free, but
    really it was a pay back for a summer vacation.

    -Felder
     
    felder, Sep 18, 2004
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  11. "felder" <> wrote in message
    > To top it off I sort of like painting. I like to
    > take pride in the work I do, so I do a good job. I just finished doing a
    > room for my in-laws. Ceiling, walls and trim. I did it for free, but
    > really it was a pay back for a summer vacation.
    >
    > -Felder


    Doing what you like is a good way to pick up a few bucks. I don't mind
    painting, it is the prep work that I dislike.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 18, 2004
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  12. Felder

    Felder Guest

    Edwin Pawlowski () wrote...
    >
    > "felder" <> wrote in message
    > > To top it off I sort of like painting. I like to
    > > take pride in the work I do, so I do a good job. I just finished doing a
    > > room for my in-laws. Ceiling, walls and trim. I did it for free, but
    > > really it was a pay back for a summer vacation.
    > >
    > > -Felder

    >
    > Doing what you like is a good way to pick up a few bucks. I don't mind
    > painting, it is the prep work that I dislike.
    >
    >
    >


    No doubt. Guess that's one of the many reasons I have a wife :)
    Speaking of prep work. I got away from masking stuff up once I found out
    I can cut in around trim pretty darn good with just the brush alone. Is
    this unusual or is it a common practice?

    -Felder
     
    Felder, Sep 18, 2004
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  13. Felder wrote:

    > ... I got away from masking stuff up once I
    > found out I can cut in around trim pretty darn good with just
    > the brush alone. Is this unusual or is it a common practice?


    See, I could never get any good at it that way. I use the
    "rolling masking" technique: metal straight edge butted up
    against the target area, pressed in tight, and slid along as
    you paint. pull off and wipe as needed. They sell bigger,
    clumsier "tools" meant for this in most paint depatments, but
    they tend to be too big, IMHO. I have a few trusty drywall-
    mud-spreaders of various widths that I use. Nice when it's a
    big outer frame and I can use the 10-incher, but on those
    &*#@ multi-panel windows, I plod along with the little 2"er.

    --
    The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
    aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
    Accept no substitutes! [ Use all your well-learned politesse,
    $1 to Mick for the .sig ---[ or I'll lay your soul to waste.
     
    I-zheet M'drurz, Sep 18, 2004
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  14. Felder

    m Ransley Guest

    A pro does not need to mask. Exceptions are painting to wallpaper to
    keep roller splatter off or tight carpet hitting baseboards . Charge
    what is fair but do good work, prices can differ to much by area for
    anyone to answer
     
    m Ransley, Sep 18, 2004
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  15. "Felder" <> wrote in message news:cdP2d.103
    > No doubt. Guess that's one of the many reasons I have a wife :)
    > Speaking of prep work. I got away from masking stuff up once I found out
    > I can cut in around trim pretty darn good with just the brush alone. Is
    > this unusual or is it a common practice?
    >
    > -Felder


    I mask the natural wood trim but I do cut in the ceiling with a brush. It
    takes a steady hand, but it also take a good brush to hold the right amount
    of paint. Cheap brushes don't save anything; they just make a simple job
    more difficult.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 18, 2004
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