There are a ton of reasons a homeowner might want to paint the
interior of their home. Repainting the space you live in can do a lot
for you. It can give your home a brand new look and feel no matter its
age. It can freshen the air in your home and encourage a cleaner
environment. It can make your décor fit in better or simply bring it all
into the 21st century. Whatever reason you have for doing it, painting
your home interior is well worth it.
But even after you’ve made the initial decision to have your
interior painted there are a few other questions you’ve got to think
about. Aside from the major task of choosing what colors you’re going to
use, you’ll have to consider things like, how long is this project
going to take? And that’s a pretty important question actually.
Having the interior of your home painted is very different from having the exterior painted. The process is the same for both but having the interior of
your home painted is going to more directly affect your life and day to
day activities. For example, if you hire a company to paint the
exterior, they can do it without any major changes for you. If you hire a
company to do the interior, they’re going to be painting inside your
home, furniture is going to need to be moved, light fixtures and
switches taken down and so on.
So for the purpose of your life and home getting back to
normal as soon as possible, how long the process is going to take is an
important one. So… how long does it take?
Will you DIY or hire a professional?
A big thing to think about when trying to answer the timeline question is who is going to be the one to do your interior painting.
A lot of people assume that painting isn’t as time consuming as it is
and decide they’ll do the project themselves. There’s nothing wrong
with this, but if you want it done efficiently and quickly then you’re
probably not going to want to do it yourself. You’ll probably want to
hire interior painting professionals who know what they’re doing.
The fact is painting can take a lot of time, especially for
homeowners who have their own busy schedules. Work-life and family-life
can leave you pretty tired at the end of the day and the next thing you
know your weekend project has taken you two months to finish. While you
may feel this isn’t the case for you, it’s definitely something that
can affect how long your interior painting job takes before it’s finished.
And if you hire someone to paint your interior for you, you
are often going to get three or four people to come out and paint. Three
or four painters who paint for a living are going to get the job done
much more quickly than one of you with other obligations in addition.
Is it the whole house or one room?
Obviously how many rooms you are having painted will
determine whether your project is done quickly or not. You can paint
just one room at a time which can be done surprisingly quickly or you
can paint the whole house, and often painting companies will give you
some sort of a deal for painting more than one room. Going hand in hand
with how many rooms you’re going to have painted, the size of the area
you want to have painted will basically determine how long it’ll take to
The time required for interior painting depends a lot on how many square feet are to be painted. It also goes
hand in hand with the question of whether you’ll be doing it alone or
not. One person will paint much more slowly than a team. A medium room
about 12’x12’ can take about 5 to 6 hours to be done to professional
standards, but that doesn’t always include preparation and trim
painting. On a larger scale, 12,000 sq. ft. home can take less than a
week to paint. If you want a definite number, we offer free estimates
that you can take advantage of.
Is the space old or new?
Believe it or not, the age of the area to be painted can be a
major factor when figuring out how long it will take to paint the
interior of your home. Painting the walls, trim and ceiling of a
new home or addition are easy to do. They don’t take long as they don’t
require much preparation. They’re new-ness means that they haven’t had
much time to acquire buildup of dirt and old flakey paint. They don’t
have layers of wallpaper and deep scratches and holes. Or rather,
hopefully they don’t.
Older areas though require more work. They need more
cleaning for those old stains and dirt to be removed. They need old
paint scrapped off and old wallpaper taken off. If those things aren’t
carefully removed in the preparation period then the paint can’t
properly adhere and your paint job was all for nothing. Lastly, if the
walls are damaged they’ll need to be repaired – whether that entails
caulking, patching and/or sanding – and that alone means you’ll require
Essentially, the older a home is the more prep work it’s
bound to need. Preparation requirements are factored into the cost and
the timeframe just as much as the square footage is. The more
preparation a place needs – the more time you’ll have to figure in.
What colors and designs are you using?
The colors and designs you use might not seem like they’d
really change much, but they actually do when it comes to your allotted
work time. If it’s an initial paint job it will take longer than a
touch up job, and it will require significantly more effort and time. A
basic paint job is usually one application of white paint on the ceiling
and then two coats of a colored paint on the walls. Some quality paints
include a primer, and some purport that they only require one coat. But
a lot of the painting coat requirements you will have will depend on
the quality of the paint.
If you’re painting walls in the same room different colors,
or applying different patterns and colors all on one wall – it’s going
to take more time. For proper application of the unique look you want,
the project will definitely need more time. Darker colors, like deep
reds, can need three or even four coatings which equals more time. In
other instances if you’re changing from a dark color to a lighter one
you will again need extra coatings. You already know what that means.
Talk to the Professionals
Ultimately, when you’re trying to figure out how long it will take to paint the interior of your home, you should just go talk to the professionals. It’s hard
to estimate how long it can take because, as you can see, there are a
lot of factors involved. Each project has a different size and level of
difficulty. Different paints do different types of work and sometimes
the preparation needed for the project can be on either end of the
scale. Sometimes you might need more than one person.
We can give you an estimate of how long the process will take for your home and how much it’ll cost. To get a free estimate, contact us here or call us directly at 239.600.1418.