Bedroom Painting

Cost and Time for Painting a Bedroom

When looking at any decorating job around the house you should consider the material costs, the time it would take to do the work and the complexity of the work involved. You can then balance this against the typical charges that a painter and decorator would charge you for doing the same work.

Here is an example of painting a bedroom size 3.6 x 4.2m. The work consists of:

PAINTING TASK
Units
Time (hrs:min)
Material Cost (£)
Complexity Level (1-10)
Painter Charges (£)
Scrape off existing Wallpaper
30m2
5:00
-
1
60.00
Hang vinyl-surfaced wallpaper (£7.00)
30m2
7:30
54.00
6
174.00
Wash down existing paintwork and rub down on general surfaces prior to painting
4m2
&0:40
-
1
8.00
Wash down existing paintwork and rub down on frames and rails prior to painting
22m
1:50
-
1
22.00
One coat undercoat paint and one coat gloss to general surfaces
4m2
1:04
2.00
5
18.00
One coat undercoat and one coat gloss to skirtings
15m
0:45
2.25
5
19.00
One coat undercoat and one coat gloss paint to frames
7m
0:28
0.98
5
6.30
Two coats emulsion paint to ceilings
15m2
4:15
2
5
79.5
TOTAL

21:32
61.23

386.8

 

This example shows that it should take just over 21 hours to redecorate a bedroom and the materials cost is £61.23. On the other hand, the cost of employing a painter would be just under £400, so a saving could be made of over £300 by doing the work yourself.



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