Cost of Painting a Bedroom
Bedroom painting guide and prices
Paint does not last forever so there will come a time when you, unfortunately, have to consider redecorating your bedroom! It may seem counter-intuitive to hire a professional painter and decorator if you are on a budget, but in reality, hiring a professional will often save you time, money, and stress. So, even if you’re worried about the cost, hiring a professional painter is often the best bet. Professional decorators will know exactly how to prepare the roof, walls and woodwork before they paint them to make sure they get a perfectly smooth finish.
Hiring a local painter and decorator is also a great way to avoiding DIY nightmares and avoid stress. When you get prices from painters be aware that they assume that you will remove all furniture from the room and there is no wallpaper to be stripped. Painting quotes will also assume that only very minor repairs needed to the existing wall and woodwork before painting, so small cracks in plaster or chips in woodwork are fine, but large holes or crumbling plaster are not!
Typical painting costs for a bedroom
Things to consider with interior painting
There are a number of factors which impact painting and decorating prices. First of all, with almost all painting and decorating jobs, almost all of the cost will, in fact, be for labour costs. This means that prices can vary considerably in different parts of the country and by the experience and quality of the painter. Quality paint is much more expensive than budget paint, but you use so little it makes hardly any difference to the overall costs. However, there are other extras which are usually not included in standard quotes yet can make a considerable difference to the price!
For example, very old and stained ceilings will likely need to be washed with sugar soap before they can be painted, peeling gloss on woodwork will need to be completely removed and if wallpaper needs removing, this will also take a long time so will add to the cost. In addition, when the wallpaper is removed this may reveal or even cause large patches of crumbling/missing plasterwork, which again will cost extra to make good before it can be painted.
Once you’ve hired someone, make sure you agree a fixed price for the work rather than a daily rate, this will avoid costs quickly spiralling if problems occur and the work ends up taking longer. Also, check whether or not the quote includes VAT before comparing quotes and also make sure all quotes are for the same quality of paint.
Doing it Yourself
If you’re looking for a professional finish then it’s best to hire a professional! That being said, if you have the time and patience to tackle the job yourself, all you need is a few basic tools and a day or so to finish the job without hassle or spending any more money than some paint and basic materials. You may not get the same finish as a professional, but you can get pretty close and save a lot of money! Preparation is the most important part of any painting job, so don’t be tempted to skip those steps, take the time to make sure the walls are prepared properly and the painting itself will be much easier! Start by removing anything in the way, the less clutter, the faster the job will be.
Cover any furniture that is not being removed with old bed sheets and cover your floors with plastic sheeting. If your walls are dirty or dusty, wash with a sponge to remove any dirt or grime, but don’t soak the walls or it will take ages to dry. Then, use painter’s tape to go around the edges of the room to create a straight edge for your paint along skirting boards, door and window frames, electric sockets and switches. If your walls have any holes or large cracks in the plaster, then these will need to be filled in first using ready-mixed filler and a scraper. Once the filler is dry, use sandpaper to smooth the area ready for painting. Now that the preparation is finished, you can start painting!
For best results use a primer or undercoat as a barrier between the old paint and the new paint, followed by two coats of your final colour. Paint the edges first using a small brush starting with the areas that you taped off, ensuring you do not go over the edge of the tape.Once your edges are done, use a roller starting in the middle of the wall and rolling away from you in diagonal directions until the wall is fully painted. Wait the appropriate time before starting the next coat and repeat the process. When the final coat of paint has been applied, carefully remove the painter’s tape before the paint is dry, then leave for 8 hours before hanging anything on the wall or moving furniture against the walls.
Bedroom painting checklist
- Most quotes will assume all furniture will be removed from the room by customer
- If you want wallpaper removed then this will add extra time and money
- The vast majority of the cost of painting will be labour
- Most decorators will include minor repairs to the walls in any quotes
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
If I want to paint one wall a different colour, how can I choose the right wall?
How do I choose the best interior colour?
How do I select the right brush size?
When painting a room, in which order should I paint the walls, ceilings, and skirting boards?
How much cleaning is necessary before painting?
Small stairway, 2 internal doors and fire surround.
Submitted by Cathy
Paint walls currently magnolia with powder blue. Paint small skirting, 10 bannisters, handrail and meter cupboard in white gloss. Ground floor hallway 12 ft, 12 stairs, 1st floor hallway 8ft. White emulsion to ceilings. Possible white gloss 5 doors.
Submitted by Janet
I want a wall decoration frame or even a cotton material for my saloon. I have a picture of what I want or anything similar would be fine. Thanks
Submitted by Elizabeth
Tall landing /staircase wallpaper to be removed, stripped back to plaster.
Submitted by Nick
Lounge, hallway, landing, kitchen area and second landing. Supply of paint