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|Painting a dining room||£150||£375||£225||£565||£300||£750|
The size of your dining room, as well as the shape, will determine how much it costs to paint. A simple box shape will make it easy for your painter and decorator to finish the job rapidly, whereas extensive ornamental features to paint around, or exceptionally high ceilings, will all add to the time and therefore the cost. The paint itself will make up a proportion of the cost, but how much will depend on what kind of paint you choose. You can go from a DIY store’s own brand to well-known names and onto heritage colours from designer brands.
You usually get what you pay for, but your painter should be able to give you the inside track on what is most durable, will work best on your walls and offers the best value for the space. They will also be able to tell you just how much you need, so always buy after you have spoken to a professional. They will also tell you about the different finishes that are available and how they will change the look of your dining room. In some cases the painter will buy the paint for you, but they may charge you for that trip to the DIY store or their trade supplier, so always ask what you are paying for.
When you hire a professional painter or decorator you will find that a good amount of the time and hence the budget, will go on painstaking preparation work. A good painter is neat, but that does not mean that they won’t have to spend a good hour or more putting masking tape over edges and skirting, placing dust sheets over furniture and ensuring that your dining room carpet remains paint-free. Only when the protective materials are in place will your painter get out the paint, rollers and brushes. All these are standard pieces of decorator kit, so you should not be expecting to pay for these items on a job.
If you have good quality flat walls then your painter should be able to finish the job quickly. It may take longer if there are uneven walls that need filling or skimming. In some cases your painter will recommend that you use a lining paper to create a truer, cleaner finish on your dining room walls. This may be preference or down to the quality of the surface, but do ask, as this will be an additional cost that you bear.
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