(Closed) Hire Painters Or DYI?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
8609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Interior or exterior? I’ve done all our interior painting myself, but if I had really tall ceilings I’d probably hire someone.


Post # 4
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I always did it myself 

Post # 6
2435 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We’ve only painted 3 walls in our home and did it ourselves. If we needed more than two rooms painted I’d either hire someone or space the projects out a little and do it ourselves. Maybe that doesn’t help. We’re more DIY when it comes to the house stuff though and some ppl are all about hiring it out.

Post # 7
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@amazingbee:  I have always done it myself, but after the last time I did my condo myself I swore I would never do it again and hire painters. I had painters come in and give a quote to paint for this repainting. My condo is 870 sq ft and the quote was for 1200, which included paint. So anywho, that was way over our budget so I will be painting it ourselves. Boo!  

Post # 8
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Over the decades, I’ve done both.

DIY and Contracting out.

Hiring someone is good if …

You are in a hurry to get the job done.  Need a professional finish (painting before a resell)… OR if you’ve just tuckered out on the whole reno front (in that painting is typically the last thing you do)

Once before moving into a new home, we hired a paint team to paint all the main floor / common areas of our house… Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, Central Hall & Stairwell.

We hired professional painters… It was pretty expensive, but well worth it.

The next time was in our second house, and we were looking to give our Kitchen & attached Family Room a facelift before we had a summer filled with entertaining & visits from family.

We hired a co-worker who did painting on the side to earn some extra money.  He had been part of “College Painters” when he was younger… he did a great job, and charged us a lot less than if we had contracted out.

The latest time, was when I moved in with Mr TTR… that first year we gave the house a bit of a reno… including installing new hardwood, and buying some new furniture… as painting was the end of the project, and we had bitten off more than we could choose (4 rooms in progress over several months)… by the time we came to the end we were exhausted.

So we hired Professional Painters thru Home Depot to finish up the last room, our Master Bedroom (which included painting a popcorn ceiling and inside some closets). 

That project wasn’t cheap… think it cost us several 100 dollars (but less than $ 1000).  The guys fixed & primed the walls (they were pretty rough after all the 1980s wallpaper we peeled off) and then gave EVERYTHING 2 coats.  The job took 2 days… and looked (looks) amazing.  Well worth the investment.

Because painting isn’t a cheap expense, we don’t usually hire out… but do it ourselves.  Can be super cheap that way… but it is labour intensive.  There is a trade-off for sure.


Post # 9
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

at the point in my life I just write a check anf let someone deal with it!

the novelty of DIY wears off quickly, trust me


Post # 10
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depending on the area of the country and actual size of the room, but you can probably average about 250-450 per room for a single color.  (I ran a painting business in college with two crews and this is what it was about then 10 years ago, I adjusted a bit for inflation)


IE say you have 2 bedrooms, living room dining room comination, kitchen and a bathroom a fair estimate would be between 1100-1600 on a quote. 



If you want a dark color that requires primer or painting over a dark color go towards the upper end of the spectrum. If you want two colors on a wall, add even more.




Post # 11
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

DIY for sure, but buy the expensive paint that you only need to coat once.

Post # 12
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@deetroitwhat:  You actually do need two coats with that paint.

My Darling Husband does sales for large paint contracts so he knew some guys that could do the work pretty cheap.  We had them come in to do the new house since a. it was quicker, 8 rooms in about 5 hours, b. they are cleaner than DIY, c. they were not union and therefore a bit cheaper.  If its one room I would of done it myself but we decided to repaint 8 rooms and that would of taken months.  Instead we moved in to walls looking exactly what we wanted!

It was around $500 for the 8 rooms. 

Post # 13
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@baletrina:  I don’t know what paint your husband uses but I just painted 3 rooms with my dad in 2 days. $230 for 5 gallons. We did one coat and it looks great.

Post # 14
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

It depends are you painting one room at a time with months in between or are you painting a whole house in the same time frame?


If it was one room at a time as you saved up money and worked on each room I would paint it myself, if I was doing my whole house all at once I would hire painters.


My Darling Husband and I make settlement soon and the house is in very good condition but is outdated some since the home is 26 years old but its done in very neutral colors so we can live with it for now while we tackle the bigger projects, but will slowly update each room, so we will definitely paint ourselves since we will be working on a room or two at a time once we save up our pennies to renovate without using credit cards. 🙂


Post # 15
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My old house has plaster walls which needed skim-coating, so I hired someone. But if your walls are drywall and don’t need patching/sanding, it’s a super-easy job to do yourself in a day or two. 

Post # 16
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

pre kids – did it ourselves.

Once kids were born – hired someone. Our time was too precious and painters aren’t that expensive.

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