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Question DetailsAsked on 5/1/2015

How much would I expect to pay to have elaborate decorative wood molding, columns, and ceiling painted white?

Home built in 2000 with decorative medium wood panels/moulding/trim throughout the foyer, formal LR and DR, and around the floor to ceiling windows. Not happy with the wood color, and would like all to be white. The wood takes up at least 80% of the wall space, but would like the current white space painted a neutral color. The ceiling piece is enormous and also would need to have this painted white. How much time would this take?

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Depends of course on your area for cost and whether you take the low bidder or a more detail-oriented higher cost bidder, and timne depends a lot on whether roller and brush or spray painting.

With a 2 man crew and a mixture of spray painting for the bulk areas and hand painting maybe some trim, might get it all done in 2 days - but much more likely 3 not full work days separated by a couple of days each to let the paint dry between coats and so they can mask some of the newly painted areas to paint the rest the other color.

Since you are talking white over wood, will almost certainly need a primer and at least one and maybe 2 coats to cover that - also depending largely on whether spray or hand painting and what type of paint finish you choose - gloss and eggshell for instance commonly take more coats to cover right than say a stain or semi-gloss.

Cost - probably in the order of $2-3/SF (that is SF being painted, not room floor square footage) for painting that can be readily bulk sprayed. If suitable for just a single coat without needing priming (like maybe ceiling) then more like $1/SF for that area. If trim is being painted with trim paint rather than wall paint (looks better and keeps its appearance better), then add $1-2/lineal foot for that. Personally, unless this is really fancy or antique quality trim, I would probably spray prime everything, white coat all ceiling and wall surfaces as the first coat (and probably last coat on non-wood surfaces), spray or roll the neutral color area, then hand-paint the finish coat on the trim. Depending on wall and trim condition after cleaning, might well eliminate the priming except on the unpainted or dark painted wood/trim. Those ballparks all assume no major cleaning, no smoking residue on walls, no repairs other than a few scattered photo/picture hanger type holes.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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