Applying a new coat of paint is the best way to instantly update a room. It is affordable, and you can do it relatively quickly. People often want to know how long it takes. This will depend on how many rooms you are painting as well as the type of paint you plan to use.
If you plan to paint the room yourself, you will factor the time for you to do the entire job from setup to clean up. If you plan to hire a painter, other factors will come into play. You need to know how many painters will be working, and the company will be able to give you a realistic time frame.
For the purpose of answering this question, consider the average room size, which is 13’ x 13’. If your room is larger or smaller, you can include a little more or a little less time.
Before you start painting, you will need to prep the room. You should look at the walls and see if there is any damage such as holes that need to be patched. This will add more time. You should clean the baseboards, door trim, and window trim, and you will want to remove any outlet or switch covers. Then, use painter’s tape to protect the trim. Layout your drop cloths and get your paintbrushes and rollers ready. Open and stir your paint. This process should take an average of 45 minutes.
When you start painting, you will begin by cutting in the trim and the ceiling. This involves taking your brush to paint around the corner where the walls meet the ceiling. You will also paint the areas where the walls meet the trim. The average time that this takes is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or an hour and a half for each coat, depending on your level of experience.
This is the easiest part of painting a room, and as long as you pay attention, you can get the hang of it pretty quickly. In an average room, it will take around 45 minutes for each coat of paint.
The clean-up of your room includes taking the tape down, putting your outlet and switch covers back, and picking up your drop cloths. You will also want to look at your job and make sure you don’t need to touch up any areas. You need to clean your paintbrushes and your roller and tray as well. This entire process should take between 30 minutes and an hour.
It is important to give the paint a chance to dry before you paint your second coat. If you are using latex paint, you can recoat it after three hours. If you used oil-based paint, you will want to wait 24 hours. However, it is not common to use oil-based paints indoors.
The best way to determine how long your interior repaint will take is to look at the average time for an average-sized room and figure out how many rooms you have. If you have a 13’ x 13’ room, it will take between two and a half to three and a half hours, with three hours in between coats.