If you choose to take on a painting project, it is also known as a do-it-yourself (DIY) method. The only advantage of do-it-yourself painting is a large cut in the cost of accomplishing the job. In which the only expenses are for the supplies of items such as paint, brush, clothes, tapes, etc.
You will need to buy a variety of items such as paint, brush, sandpaper, and tape to get the job done. The first and most essential item you will need to purchase is the paint. Its cost is dependent on its durability. The greater the durability of the paint, the more the price.
The quantity of the paint you need also determines the amount you would pay for it. You can get paint at a rate that ranges from $15 to $30 per gallon. At least two or three gallons of paint is apt for an average-sized bedroom.
Meanwhile, the color of the paint you wish to use is not the only thing you should consider. Choosing the right kind of paint sheen or finishes should be your priority because it determines the final look of your bedroom.
The disadvantage of the DIY painting of your bedroom is that it won’t look as elegant as a professional’s work. Also, you might not be knowledgeable about the type of paint to use and the preparation needed before painting.
When it comes to preparing the wall to be painted, professionals know they would have to scrape off loose paint, sand the surface to improve the paint-to-wall adhesion, and take other obstacles out of the way.
These are few factors amongst many that contribute to the success of this project. Meanwhile, not everyone is cognizant of the preparation and processes needed to achieve an elegant result. Hence, without the expertise of a professional that is knowledgeable about the steps required to produce the best quality painting concerning aesthetics, your painting job might be dull.
The types of paint finishes or sheens best for your bedroom are:
– Flat paint or matte paint
– Eggshell paint and Satin paint
Flat paint or matte paint: Flat paint is a type of paint finishes that provides a non-reflecting appearance and smooth surface that covers the blemishes present on the surface, such as nail holes and patches. This type of paint sheens does not allow the easy cleaning of marks or scratches made on it due to its porous nature, except you repaint the wall.
Eggshell paint: These are the most popular types of wall paint. It makes the surface reflect light (glossier) and are also more washable than matte finishes. Marks and scratches do not need repainting before you can clean them. (they are a bit easier to clean than flat paint)
Satin paint: Satin paint is glossier than eggshell paint. What makes Satin paint stand out from flat and eggshell paint is that it can be wiped clean.
The next item you will need is a paintbrush. There are different types of paintbrushes that vary in both price and quality.
– Natural bristle
– Synthetic brush
The cost of a natural bristle is about $22, which is more expensive than synthetic brushes. Also, Natural bristle is best used with varnishes, polyurethanes, and oil paints.
Synthetic brush costs about $17 and is best used with acrylic paints.
Furthermore, another type of brush that is cheaper to use is rollers, especially those that are lint-free. All you need to do is always change the fabric rolling head after use.
Sandpaper and Painter’s tapes: You need sandpaper of about 120 to 150-grit to remove the imperfection from the surface you plan on painting, which also increases the rate of adhesion between the surface and paint. While the painter’s tape, also known as mask tape, is used along edges to mask structures you do not intend to paint.
If you do not wish to do it yourself, you can hire a professional painting contractor. Hiring a professional painter comes with many advantages, including:
– High-quality work way above the dexterity level of an amateur because they would be well equipped with painting equipment. Unlike DIY methods that use just a painting brush, professional painters sometimes use painting applicators, and spraying tools for specific tasks mere brush can not sort.
– Timely completion: Hiring a professional painter completes the job that would take a DIY painter a week in approximately two days because they are experienced.
– Professional painters guarantee their work against impromptu mishaps
– Professional painters make use of durable paints that give the best result in terms of aesthetics
– They can tell the exact amount of paint is needed. But if you Do-it-yourself, you tend to buy more or less
The difficulty, experience of the painter, and location of the job are the factors that can alter the labor cost of hiring a professional painter. They charge per hour and the average labor price for hiring one ranges from $25 to $100. If there are flaws, holes, and blemishes on the wall, you would be charged extra for its repair. Also, if you want a special kind of wall design, textures, or other effects, you will need to pay more for the custom paints.
However, hiring a professional painter would cost more than when you do it yourself. Still, you can expect a high-quality job with uniform painting and no brush marks, especially if you are doing intricate work that requires special textures, effects, and detail on the same wall or if you are planning to paint more than two bedrooms. You do not have to waste a lot of time finishing a job that could be efficiently done by a professional who specializes in such work.