I was hired to paint a couple of bedrooms and have been spending the last couple of weeks trying to get the first room finished. It's taking me awhile since I can't be there everyday and because I'm painting it red (to be explained). This room is 10' x 13' with 8' ceilings and it has taken me 12 hours......12 hours to complete!! Typically, a room this size takes me four hours total, from start to finish, it takes me two hours to paint the first coat, I leave it to dry overnight and return the next day to paint the second coat, which takes me two hours.
I thought this would be a good post to write to talk about two things......painting a room red, and what to do to make this a pleasant experience for the painter (me) and to save your client a bit of money.
First of all, red is one of the hardest colors to paint. I mean, if you don't prime the walls first you will be painting forever, it is hard to get good coverage if you don't prime first. I am not an expert on paint, but I have been painting for forty years so I think I do know a few things. I told my client to get a primer tinted red, but I did tell her to talk to the clerk at the store to see what they recommend, I wanted to cover my bum:) The clerk told her she needed a gray primer, so she bought the gray primer. Well, two coats of primer and three coats of red paint later, the room is finally finished. Like I said, I'm no expert so if you ever need to paint a room red you need to experiment a little.
The next thing I want to talk about, how to save money if you are going to hire someone to come in and paint for you. Clear the room, clean dried goo off the walls, fill nail holes, vacuum the floors, dust the baseboards. If your painter has to do these things to get a nice paint job it's going to add to the cost of the job.
Clear the room: The job goes a lot quicker if the painter doesn't have to constantly move the furniture from side to side to get the ladder to the area to be painted. Less clutter means there will less likely be a terrible accident (spilling paint on the floor because you have to be super careful while navigating through the clutter) If the bed must stay in the room, put it in the center so the painter doesn't have to move it. And please take the bedding off, they would hate to have the roller spatter paint on the bedding.
Clean goo off walls: If there is something spilled on the walls it will show up if it's not cleaned off. You will have a nice big stain on your freshly painted walls.
Fill nail holes: This is the perfect time to fill any holes that you have, you will be glad you did, your walls will look like brand new. I will share in another post how I fill nail holes so you can't see polka dots on your walls:)
Vacuum the floors: I had to paint the baseboards red too and it would be a lot easier to do if the floors were vacuumed. Any fuzz or hair will no doubt get painted right into the woodwork if it's not vacuumed up first.
Dust the baseboards: (See vacuum the floors:)
Please, if you are going to hire someone to paint for you, be courteous and be prepared. And do your homework on primers before you paint a red room. Be prepared to pay a little more for the time it takes to prepare the walls for red paint. And it makes sense to me that if you tinted the primer red, chances are you wouldn't need to paint the room five times! And there is also paint that has primer in it so it would eliminate the primer steps altogether.