Room Painting Costs

Room re-painting typically requires more preparation work than will new-room painting, but likely less paint. Re-painting a room is a special activity that improves the living space while protecting the building surfaces.

You will find that the cost to re-paint a room depends upon surface material, surface area, preparation and recoating requirements, accessibility, equipment rental rates, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete application.

Room re-paint: prepare and re-paint 200 sq.ft. room including 480 sq.ft. of walls and 200 sq.ft. of ceiling; match existing sheetrock coatings; include waste and misc. materials.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Walls: 480 sq.ft. single coat latex on existing same.$0.10per sq.ft.538$53
Ceiling: 200 sq.ft. Stipple primer and second coat texture on existing smooth latex on sheetrock.$0.22per sq.ft.220$49
Equipment rental: paint sprayer, half day rate.$120per day0.5$60
UPGRADE: second coat on 480 sq.ft. walls.$0.08per sq.ft.538$44
Equipment and Material Cost$1.03per sq.ft.200$206
+ Labor Cost$36per hour6$216
+ Labor Cost (upgrade)$36per hour1$36
Total Cost$2.29per sq.ft.200$458

Other considerations and costs

  • Preparation includes minor scraping, masking and tape, and otherwise protecting nearby objects from paint spillage.
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • The work area must be free of all objects including furniture, rugs, and etcetera.

DIY considerations

  • This project may be suitable for the able DIY persons.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.            

Cost to paint a room in my city

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