These prices are current as of March 21, 2016

Customer is responsible for moving of furniture, belongings and wall hangings prior to the start of the days work! These prices are for labor only.


Surface and Area Preparation

It is expected unless otherwise specified that when we arrive surfaces are ready to paint other than minor nail holes that can be filled with spackling and no extensive caulking is needed. We will free of charge take care of these things for you. We also protect any non-moveable objects with plastic, mask off all necessary items and protect floors with cloth tarps and remove all switchplate and outlet covers.

The “Standard Area”

You will see us refer to a ‘standard area’ many times. A ‘standard area’ is defined as room or area up to 12′ x 12′ with 8′ ceilings and having one entry door, one closet door and one window with standard baseboard and door frame/trim which is void of all furniture. Prices are for labor only and the customer purchases paints and materials through our contractor accounts at Sherwin-Williams and we cover all the standard tools of the trade which does include rollers/covers, plastic, masking materials, brushes, etc.

Wall Painting

The base rate is $150 a room based on any space up to a standard area using a two cut, two roll process and using a single color of flat or matte paint. This is the minimum room price. As a norm most normal rooms can be painted for $150 – $250 a room. 

Using normal industry averages in the St. Louis area sq. ft commercial painters charge an average of $2.58 – $4.47 sq ft which would result in actual painting charges of $743 – $1,287. No, that’s not a joke.  You can see industry averages here: Now relax. No need to call the mortgage broker either… 

Other than the ‘standard area’ there are things that can increase that price…

  • Larger rooms
  • Higher/Vaulted ceilings
  • Stairwells
  • Presence of chair rail or crown molding
  • Accent walls
  • Textured walls or ceilings
  • Stripes/Designs
  • Abnormal colors that may require more than two coats such as dark/deep colors or extremely vibrant colors
  • Smoke/Grease/Water/Stain damage
  • Elevated sheen levels such as satin, eggshell and semi-gloss paints
  • Unexpected obstacles or furniture left in the room
  • Length of time a room can be ‘down’
  • Condos/Multi unit properties (due to lack of proper clean up areas)
  • Use of scaffolding or spray equipment

Now the good part – things that can decrease the price:

  • No baseboards to mask/protect
  • No flooring or being replaced
  • During parts of the year discounts are available based on distance from our shop
  • Priority – if you’re in no hurry and have a small project that we can do on short notice
  • Who knows… maybe you have a service that we can barter with!

It is important to note that one of the items that can change the prices of rooms as mentioned above is the sheen/gloss level since many higher gloss paints may require additional coats for optimum sheen levels. The four groups are flat (flat, matte), satin (low gloss, low sheen, high sheen, eg-shel, low lustre and velvet), semi gloss (semi-gloss, pearl, medium lustre) and gloss  (gloss, high gloss). Flat paint is recommended for walls with imperfections or high brightness areas and is normal for ceilings. Higher gloss paints can be used for high traffic areas and moisture areas like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Our normal recommendation is flat – velvet on most normal walls, satin for traffic areas, bathrooms and the such and semi gloss or full gloss for woodwork, doors and other related woodwork.

Single Coats/Primer Coats

A single coat of primer/paint in a standard area room will run $125 for walls and $65 for ceilings. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING SINGLE COAT WALL PAINTS EXCEPT WITH THE SAME COLOR/SHEEN.


A single coat of white or ceiling white paint applied to the ceilings of a standard area room will run $65 and a secondary coat for $25. Price assumes walls are also being painted – prices vary for ceiling only paints.

Things that can increase the price:

  • Higher/Vaulted ceilings
  • Textures (especially popcorn)
  • Stairwells
  • Smoke/Grease/Water damage
  • Ceilings are any color but white
  • Coiffured ceilings
  • Ceiling only paints (walls are not being done)
  • Can lights
  • Chandeliers
  • Ceilings fans
  • New construction/repair paints

Doors And Door Frames

There are several options when it comes to your doors – painting the trim, the facings of the door or paint the entire thing along with the frame. There are also many varieties such as flat slider doors, three and six panel and even french style doors. Assuming the door is a six panel white door and you just need the facing painted a single coat of white the cost would be $35 and only involve removing the door knob. To fully paint the entire door the knob, striker plate and hinges would be removed from the door and frame, the frame fully painted with a single coat of paint along with the facings and sides of the door and reassembled for $50. Some flat doors as cheap as $10.

Trim, Chair Rails and Crown Molding

Using the same standard room area we have in other examples crown molding would run $35-50, chair rail would cost $35 and baseboard on a tile or hardwood floor $35$45 if on carpeted floors and $40 if on a staircase.  As in other examples we are dealing with standard woodwork, already painted white and of a normal design. Just like doors there are a ton of different designs and sizes with all three types of woodwork prices can increase however about 70% of what we run across fits within the standard price range – the more expensive ones are highly ornamental. These prices are per coat white on white and assume walls are being painted. Prices may be higher for trim only packages.


Windows – much like doors – cannot be defined by a set price because of the very wide range of designs.

Wallpaper Removal

Wallpaper removal is a difficult area to estimate properly because so many factors that influence the successful completion of the job are unseen and can’t be observed until work is begun. For this reason, when we quote a price for wallpaper removal, the following factors are used to establish the estimated cost.

  • We assume that 1 layer of paper is to be removed.
  • We assume that the surface was properly prepared with a sealer before the wall covering was applied. This means that the paper or wall covering will release relatively cleanly from the surface.
  • We assume that standard wallpaper glues were used, and no especially difficult or troublesome glues or adhesives were used to apply the wallpaper.
  • We assume that some scarring will occur in the removal process, but no excessive damage will be done in removing the wallpaper. (In other words, the majority of the wall surface will be intact, with no large gouges or holes caused by extremely tight adhesion, improper surface preparation or a deteriorated wall surface.)

If we get into the project and find additional layers of paper, extremely durable glues, sloppy surface preparation (like wallpaper glued onto bare drywall or plaster) or a deteriorated wall surface, additional charges may apply. The charges will only increase if it makes the job more difficult. (For example, if there are two layers of paper, but they are bonded tightly together and come off easily, you would likely see no increase in cost.)

If the wallpaper removal portion of a project is much more difficult than anticipated, your estimator will let you know and try to give you an estimate on any change in cost. We are not drywall contractors so while we will repair small areas of damage in some cases it may be necessary to have the surface of the drywall repaired and/or floated by a professional drywall contractor to achieve a perfectly smooth surface prior to painting. If this occurs we will let the customer know before we begin further work beyond the initial paper removal. We do have a drywall guy who we generally refer people to in these situations who is reasonably priced and highly qualified who can return your walls to a perfect condition. 


All woodwork to wall surfaces caulked prior to painting for an additional $10 for the average size room. Remember – minor caulking is included. You would only need this if almost all your woodwork needs caulking.


Customers purchase all paints directly from Sherwin-Williams. We do this to avoid having to charge deposits to begin work and so the customer can pick out and verify color correctness directly with Sherwin. These purchases are made through our volume discount to get you an ultra low price on one of the best paints in the industry.

We will cover a normal amount of prep materials such as those we will need to patch minor nail holes, some small caulking, one roll of painters tape, one roll of masking paper and two plastic covers per room. This is normally enough to do any standard size room however there are cases where more is needed which the customer may be responsible for supplying. We will always discuss this with you during the bidding process.

Customer supplied materials may include:

  • Primers
  • Caulk
  • Patching compounds
  • Masking tapes
  • Carpet/flooring protector
  • Plastic coverings

As a norm we will cover materials for minor patching, caulking and cover the first roll of painters tape, masking paper and painters plastic.

We supply the tools such as:

  • Plastics
  • Masking materials
  • Floor tarps
  • All the normal brushes, rollers, frames, buckets, screens

We can also supply the following at an additional charge:

  • Scaffolding
  • Spray Equipment
  • Carpet Protection film (always recommended)

Paint Saint Louis recommends the use of quality Sherwin-Williams paints and discounts are available when purchasing through our account at local Sherwin-Williams stores. Use of any other paints must be approved before use. We will recommend the product line to use based on your project to ensure the best possible results for the color, sheen and areas being painted. If you are on a budget we can discuss all options because we have access to paints as low as $15 a gallon for rental properties. 

As mentioned the customer bears all responsibility in moving furniture, belongings and wall hangings from the work area prior to us starting work that day. Because we work in very small crews as few as one person we do not have the manpower nor the insurance coverage to be furniture movers. We strongly recommend moving ALL furniture from the designated work areas so floors can be properly protected with room size tarps. When furniture cannot be removed from an area the customer is responsible for proper protection of the items which is generally done by fully covering the items in a plastic cover that reaches the floor. When items must remain in the room we have to use runner tarps which are only a few feet wide and do not provide full protection of the wall edges since the thin tarps can easily move while painting. In these situations or for guaranteed protection we recommend the application of carpet protection film to the entire outer perimeter of the room. This will provide the added protection needed in these situations and prevent any accidental drips from coming in contact with the flooring surface. For tile and hardwood floors we would use painters tape and Kraft paper for the same result. Customer does purchase these materials however we are happy to apply them for free.

It is also very important that no one other than the painters walk through or in any area with tarps on the floor. The tarps are there to catch paint drips and splatter and people walking in, through or on those tarps risk paint on their shoes and that can travel off the tarps and into other areas. Children, pets and all individuals should be kept as far away from the work area as possible to mitigate this risk. If someone needs to enter the area please get the painter to accompany you to ensure no damage is done in this manner. Carpet protection film can also be used to protect areas in and out of the work areas and is always recommended.