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|Painting a bedroom||£75||£188||£115||£280||£150||£375|
One of the variable costs associated with painting your bedroom will be the paint you choose to use. These vary in cost and quality from supermarket own brand, through trusted paint brand names, to designer labels with those unique shades that interior design magazines feature. As a rule, you generally get what you pay for as regards to the quality of paint, but an experienced painter and decorator should be able to advise you on brands (including trade brands) as well as on colours and finishes. These vary from matt to silk and various levels of gloss paint.
The painter will also have the expertise to tell you how much paint you need for the size of bedroom you are painting, as well as if undercoats or other preparations may be needed. Many decorators will be happy to either buy the paint for you or work with what you have. You should always ask whether the quote for painting a bedroom include or exclude paint and other materials. Brushes, rollers and other standard tools should all be held by your tradesman and not be charged as extras.
With painting, a good amount of the time you will be paying for is the preparation work. This means that you will get a great finish, which has sharp edges where needed and a consistent look. At this stage your painter may suggest skimming the plasterwork on your walls or ceilings to get an even surface, which will be an additional cost. The preparation for painting your bedroom will mostly involve masking areas such as skirting boards, coving and period features.
Your decorator will also lay down dust sheets to protect carpets, bedding and furniture. Larger items or valuable pieces should be removed from the bedroom beforehand as advised by your decorating professional. Painting large areas of the wall is fairly simple for your painter, but a room that is broken up into small areas, or which has fiddly ornamental decoration to paint around, will take longer to set up and paint and will thus be more expensive.
If you have good quality flat walls then your painter may paint straight over existing paintwork. If the walls are not as true then they may suggest a lining paper is put up to paint over. This also depends on the kind of finish that you require. Always ask your painter what method they intend to do, as there will be a charge attached to putting lining paper up.
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