One of the easiest ways to have the biggest change in a room is to paint the walls. You’ve heard that time and time again – and it’s mostly true. I say mostly, because even though I am a huge proponent of DIY work around the house, there are simply times when it is a better idea to leave the painting to the professionals.
Yeah, I know some of you are happy to hear that.
As I’ve shown you before, I have a two-story living room – with a vaulted ceiling. It was beige from ceiling to carpet. And it was the bane of my existence. I threw some stuff up on the walls when we moved into the house almost 6 years ago, and I pretty much left it at that.
I finally decided that enough was enough. My husband, Tom, and I looked into renting scaffolding, but that kind of scared me. And if we were to paint this beige area ourselves, it was going to honestly take us weeks…and might end in divorce. We were looking at painting the living room, the wall going up our staircase, the two-story entry way and the ceilings to boot. It was a lot of work.
I had been saving some money, and I decided that I had to spend it on a painter. I got several different bids from local painters, and I ended up using Brent from Anybody’s Painting (Austin locals – I totally recommend him!).
A two person crew got all of that work finished in 2 1/2 days. TWO AND A HALF DAYS, y’all. I’m not ready to show you pictures of the rooms yet because I haven’t started decorating in there, but this gives you a sneak peek. Yep, I was sitting there watching him paint, trying to learn some things. I’m sure he thought I was crazy.
And aren’t you glad this wasn’t me up there!
But through this process, I did a lot of thinking on when you should hire a professional painter. Sure, most of us are DIYers and we could do it ourselves, but we don’t always have to. Did you hear that? You don’t always have to.
Here’s when I think you should allow yourself to hire out:
1. Time is Money – How long does it take a typical DIYer to paint an average bedroom. A few days? What if I told you that a professional painter can do it in a few hours. I know a painter here in Austin that charges between $80-$100 for an average sized bedroom. So if you worked 16 hours on painting that room and paid yourself instead of a painter, you’d be making about $5/hour for it to only cost you $80 (does that make sense?). That is hard, physical labor for $5 an hour, and the pro can complete the job much more quickly than you likely can. If you have the money to hire a painter and are just doing something simple, like painting all four walls the same color, then don’t forget that your time has value.
2. Heights are Scary – As I mentioned, the thought of being on top of the scaffolding really freaked me out. Look at how high he is on the third level of that scaffolding! My paint job cost me more than a regular job because of the height of my walls, but it was well worth it to have a professional on top of the scaffolding instead of me.
3. Whole House Painting – I know a lot of people choose to paint their whole house – or large sections of their house – in the same color. My parents have actually done that with their last two homes. That’s a great way to do it if you don’t want to devote tons of time to picking out paint colors or want to keep your walls neutral. It’s also a ton of work, which may mean that a professional could complete the job faster than you could yourself.
4. Let’s Get Physical – Painting seems like an easy task, but it’s back breaking work. Sometimes you might be ill or have an injury that keeps you from breaking out your rollers. I couldn’t believe how the painting crew in my house worked so hard for so long. They are much better shape than me! I just kept thinking how I wouldn’t be able to move if I had been doing all of that painting myself.
Have you ever hired a professional painter? What was your reason? Please share below in the comments!