Ceilings, Walls And Trim

Whether it’s getting a home ready for the re-sale market, your recent new home purchase, a custom paint project such as a bedroom, living room or an entire home, tenants moving in and out, investment properties and yes many small businesses and commercial operations Paint Saint Louis can facilitate any request for your residential painting needs on time and on budget!

If you want a super quick calculation on price you can use our bid calculator or download this quick form which can be used to gather some of the basic information we need to bid your project and give us a call or scan and send it back to us at sales@paintsaintlouis.com. Below is our basic pricing structure and how bids are calculated which should give you a good idea of the initial cost of your project.

Some walls in your home need to be repainted more frequently than others due to daily wear and tear. For example, if you only eat in your formal dining room a couple times a year during the holidays, you probably won’t need to paint the walls as often as those found in your kitchen, hallways, or bathroom.

  • Living Room & Dining Room: If you used high-quality, durable paint in these rooms, you likely won’t need to repaint for quite a few years. Even if you use your living room more often than your dining room, the durable paint and room decor can often protect it from wear. You will want to paint your house interior every 5 to 7 years. This frequency generally does the trick for both of these rooms.
  • Kitchen & Bathroom: Food splatters in the kitchen. Messy fingers on walls. Moisture in the bathroom. These factors and others require that kitchens, bathrooms (and laundry rooms) be repainted more often than dining and living rooms. Professional painters use the most durable, gloss paints on trim and satin paints on walls in these rooms to ensure the paint lasts as long as possible. You will likely notice that your kitchen and bathroom will need fresh paint every 3 to 4 years, sometimes longer.
  • Bedrooms: If you don’t have kids, you will find that the paint in your bedrooms can last a long time. Because adult bedrooms are typically used less frequently, you may find that you won’t need to repaint until you want to change up the color! But kids’ bedrooms are an entirely different story as they are used for both sleep and play. Professional painters often use an eggshell or satin sheen when repainting a child’s bedroom walls. This can ensure that paint will last longer even when it has to be scrubbed down multiple times over. Kids’ bedrooms usually need repainted every 2 to 3 years.
  • Hallways: The hallways and corridors of your home are walked through more often than any other space in your house. This means that you will see a lot more dents, scuff marks, and other wear and tear in these areas. Have professional painters paint these spaces every 2 to 3 years to keep your paint looking fresh and new.
  • Fresh paint always smells nice. 🙂
An awesome tri tone room – white wainscot, grey walls and a olive green/grey ceiling wrapped with white crown and trim. Pacific – 2020.

So.. I’m sure you want to know the pricing!

For most intents our basic approach to a bid begins with what is considered the standard size room or area which by measurements is 12 x 12 x 8 or less and has no more than two door and window openings. Since many people do ask smaller areas are still bid at the minimum price because of the longer dry times smaller areas experience and can take close to if not longer than a standard size bedroom. On larger jobs we may use excess wall space from big areas to compensate the bathroom being smaller but this is done on a job by job basis. The standard room price also does not cover closets or any space walled off as it’s own separate space and there can be varying styles and shapes of these area along with installed shelving units. 

With this said the area would run $185 for two coats of paint on walls, $80 for one coat on the ceilings and $45 for one coat of white on the baseboards or you can get all three for $300. 

Now comes the variables that could increase costs:

Kitchens: Kitchens may have less overall wall space than some rooms however are one of the two most complicated rooms in a home. Because of spaces above, below and around cabinets, appliances the amount of hand (brush) work is increased dramatically along with many items to protect and cover. Rolling walls is the fastest part of the painting process so the lack of open wall space is easily made up for in brush work time. Kitchens typically vary from the low end of $175 and the higher end of $250.

Bathrooms: Much like kitchens bathrooms are complicated to paint. The confined area does not dry as fast due to humidity buildup which causes the paint to dry slower which delays application of a second coat. Cabinets, sinks, plumbing, towel holders all increase prep time before painting. Odd areas to reach over angle tubs, small shower boxes, toilet rooms, spaces under sinks.. many things can tweak the price and why for most part bathrooms are a normal price room or slightly above. For most part bathrooms will only range from $175-200.

Two story atrium area in High Ridge completed in August 2020.

Heights: The single biggest driver of cost are height areas which is anything over 10′, vaults, two story rooms/foyers, atriums, stairwells. These are based on size, complications and requires two painters on that part of the project. Two story great rooms/foyers, foyer/stairwell combos, atriums and cathedral roof areas generally start at $1,000 and includes equipment costs (scaffolding) and all the setup and teardown time involved. Typical stairwells will run from $175 – $250 when enclosed or semi-enclosed. Normal vaults 12′ or less are typically at minimal additional cost.

Obstacles: The base price is always figuring the room or area can be completely emptied out because it is the easiest and fastest way to set up, paint and tear down on any room and provides the best protection as we can use solid one piece large tarps as opposed to runner tarps which do not cover the entire floor. It also eliminates worry having to work around or over furniture over damaging the item or injuring yourself. Any items that cannot be removed may affect the prices for that area. Another thing considered an obstacle are extra items such as extra windows or door openings (hallways are good for this), fireplaces, bookcases, extra woodwork features like crown molding, chair rails and wainscot, bay windows, painting over and around cabinetry.

Larger areas: In most cases extra square footage in a room won’t drastically alter the price and is only based on the extra time to paint out the extra space. In many cases this is where we take extra space from larger areas, use that to compensate a few smaller areas and can then evenly price every single area across the board making a bid simple and easy. Again the exception to this rule is any area over 10 ft high and especially anything over 12.

There are those smaller not so common items of course such as needing extra coats to cover crazy and vibrant colors, primer coats, sealing out stains and smoker damage and a laundry list of ‘don’t do that everyday’ kind of things and will be discussed if the need arises.

Closets: Closets are not included in the price of a room as closet types, sizes and shelving systems can vary wildly.

Custom wainscot paint using Tricorn Black and Pure White

What does it include: This is a labor cost however it does include all the normal tools and materials needed to complete a standard room except the paint itself. We supply the tarps, plastic, tapes, masking paper, brushes, rollers, buckets, screens, ladders and one roll of painters tape per room. Paints are purchased separately and done through our Sherwin-Williams commercial account obtaining you the full discount that we receive. Our discount covers their entire paint line from top to bottom as well as primers, sealers and many other paint related products as needed. We also perform a normal amount of prep filling small screw and nail holes and minor caulking but does not include more substantial repairs such as nail/screw pops, stress cracks, holes, missing plaster or other damage. If walls require work of this nature please let us know during the bid process so that pricing can be discussed with you.

Last but not least: Travel distance! These prices can only be guaranteed in what is considered our normal service area which is any location we can reach within a 45 minute drive which is the vast majority of the St. Louis Metro. We cover many destinations in  Jefferson County, the eastern half of Franklin County, the southern half of St. Charles and western St. Louis County (south of I-70) and I-64 through central St. Louis County, central and south St. Louis City and across the river through part of St. Clair and Monroe Counties. If you are outside of these areas there may be an additional daily travel charge to cover the travel but does not affect the overall room prices.

We hope this gives you a reasonable expectation of what costs are involved with most of our standard interior painting services and always feel free to ask us about anything we may have missed here because as much as we have tried to cover most of the bases here every job is a little different. For pricing on other services please check out those individual pages for more information or give us a call at 314-827-4401.

Pricing effective February 2021.