There is nothing like giving your entire home a fresh coat of paint to make the whole home feel new and fresh. Painting a home is a big project that requires a lot of planning. Homeowners must be prepared physically, psychologically, and money wise.

Typically, the cost to paint a wall ranges from $950 to $2800, including materials and labor. Expect to pay approximately $350 on the low end and $4800 on the high end. For an average home size of 2,500 square feet, you can pay approximately $2,000 to $6,000.

This cost will increase if there are upgrades like trim work, ceilings, and baseboards. The condition of the walls, location, size of the room, and cost of materials will dictate the final cost to paint a wall.

Wall painting cost300 Sq. ft.$300$900
Wall painting labor cost17 Hrs.$570$1388
Wall painting job supplies300Sq ft.$16$16
Painting walls of 12 x 12 room144Sq. Ft$144$432
Average cost per square foot$1.0$3.0
Total for project (2,500 sq. ft. House)$2,000$6,000

Average Estimate: $1200

Average cost to walls nation wide

Wall painting per square foot

The average cost to paint a room is about $3.50 per square foot, with an average of $1 to $3 per square foot. The total cost for the project is approximately $950 to $2800. The exact price will depend on the size of the room and the type of paint used.

If the painting project is big, it will need proper preparations. Therefore, it is essential to make plans before you commence your project. For instance, ensure you know the room size and determine whether there are repairs needed. Also, do some research to determine what most house painters near you charge to get an average of the overall cost.

Wall repair and prep cost

Before a painting job begins, it is essential to do some repairs, if any. Different homes have different types of walls, meaning the repair cost will differ as well. Also, the type of repairs determines the overall cost. The most common wall types are drywalls and plaster walls.

Drywall repair and prep cost

Generally, most painting contracts will charge approximately $536 to repair drywall damage to drywall. This price ranges from $279 to $795, depending on the extent of the damage. You can pay $140 on the low end and $1580 on the high end. Factors that can influence the cost to repair drywall include type of paint, pricing variations, and location.

For minor repairs, you can pay a handyman about $60 to $90 per hour. This cost translates to $50 to $75 per square foot. If you can do the repairs yourself, you can buy materials for about $45 for a one 4 x 8-foot sheet drywall. However, before making DIY repairs, ensure you know what you are doing to avoid extending the damages further.

Most drywall damage causes include small holes, large holes, screw cracks, water damage, popped nails, and screws.

  • Cost to patch drywall

The cost to patch drywall is about $50 to $75 per square foot. This price will be lower if you are doing DIY repairs.

Average cost to walls nation wide
  • Cost to repair small holes

For small holes that are usually caused by rodents, doorknobs, or screws, you may pay approximately $50 to $75. For a DIY project, materials can go up to $45, and homeowners can buy a small repair kit for $10 to $30. This kit may be handy for future repairs.

  • Cost to repair large holes

The cost to repair large holes on drywall ranges from $50 to $75. Professional contractors charge about $90 per hour, while a handyman will charge $60 per hour. These prices may or may not include materials

  • Cost to repair whole drywall

If the entire drywall is damaged, you may pay up to $40 to $60 per hour for a 4 x 8-foot sheet drywall. This price is inclusive of materials and labor.

  • Cost to fill in cracks/chips

Professionals charge approximately $60 to $90 per hour to fill in chips and cracks. This price includes materials. For DIY repairs, a repair kit goes for $10 to $30 each. So, you can buy the kit and do the repairs yourself if you wish. However, it is essential to determine the cause of the chips and cracks to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Cost to repair water damage

The rate to repair water damage is about $60 to $90 per hour, including materials. However, this cost will be higher if there is mold remediation.

Plaster wall

The average cost to repair a plaster wall is about $750, with a range of $500 to $1000. You can pay about $350 on the low end and $1200 on the high end depending on the extent of the damage, location, and cost of materials.

For small holes and slight cracks, you can pay $50 to $80 per square, while for large holes, the cost can go up to $100 to $120 per square foot.

  • Cost to replaster walls

If the wall is extensively damaged, you may need to relater it. The average cost to relater walls is approximately $200 to $800 for a 100 square foot surface if the old plaster is already removed. The cost will go up to $1000 if you do not remove the old plaster and decide to relater over it. The option you choose will depend on how much the damage is.

Cost to replaster walls
  • Plaster wall repair by problem
  • Nail holes- $50 to $80
  • Cracked plaster- $70 to $100
  • Large holes- $70 to $100
  • Water damage- $70 to $100
  • Crumbling plaster- $70 to $100
  • Sagging plaster ceiling- $75 to $120
  • Cost to prep walls

You can pay professionals up to $200 to remove construction debris to prepare the wall for painting. You may also need a handyman to help you move furniture and other vital households from the room. Also, you will need to cover the floors and painting windows before painting commences. This will cost you some money that will reflect on the overall painting cost.

Cost to paint an exterior wall

The average cost to paint exterior walls is about $3 to $4 per square foot. For a 500 to 1,500 square foot surface, you can pay approximately $1000 to $3000. The national average to paint a house is $2578 with a range of $1716 to $3679. This cost will depend on the number of stories and ease of access to the walls.

Cost to paint an exterior wall painting wall outside

Exterior wall painting vs. Interior wall painting cost

The average cost to paint an interior wall is about $3.50, with an average of $1 to $3 per square foot. The total house painting cost is about $1814, coming in between $950 to $2800.This cost will depend on the size of the home and the quality of paint you will use. For instance:

  • 1000 square feet- $1500 to $3000
  • 2500 square feet- $2000 to $6000
  • 4000 square feet- $5000 to $12000

For an exterior wall, the painting cost will be different. Typically, the cost to paint exterior walls is $3 to $4 per square foot. For a typical 2400 square foot house, you can pay approximately $7200 for the job. This cost differs depending on the number of stories. For instance:

  • One story 1000 square feet- $1000 to $3000
  • Two-story 2500 square feet- $3000 to $5000
  • Three-four story 4000 square feet- $4000 to $7000

This price is not inclusive of siding materials. So, the overall cost will depend on the siding material cost and the type of paint used. To determine the overall cost for painting exterior walls, make sure you include the siding materials as well. This will guide you when setting your budget to avoid surprises.

Cost to paint walls of 12 x 12 room

On average, the cost to paint a 12x 12 room is $288. You can pay about $144 on the low end, while the higher end cost can go up to $432. The overall cost will depend on the cost of materials and the condition of the wall.

Cost to paint walls of 12 x 12 room

Do I need to prime before painting?

A primer is essential in any painting project because it helps the paint adhere better and creates uniformity. Also, it extends the life of the paint.

Many high-quality paints have come to eliminate the need for primers on drywall before painting. This is because most paints now include primers in their formulation. So, you may not need to buy a primer separately. However, experts recommend using paint and primers separately for a flawless finish.

A primer is essential if the surface is:

  • Porous
  • Glossy
  • Stained
  • Has odors
  • Changing drastically
  • Has a major repair

Painting on the surfaces listed above will need primers to ensure uniformity. However, if the wall is in good condition and you are using the same paint type and color, you may not need to prime it first.

Even if you plan to DIY the project, it is essential always to seek a professional’s guidance regarding primers. The professional may even visit your worksite to determine whether you will need a primer or not. He/she can also advise you on the best primer to use if you need to prime your walls first.

Cost to Paint a textured wall

If you need to apply a texture to your wall, you may pay professionals about $60 per hour. If you need to apply new paint on the wall, the cost to hire a painting contractor is $70 to $130 per hour. This price is inclusive of materials.

Textured walls and decorative finishes tend to be more expensive than standard walls. The price to paint such walls is between $2 and $4 per square foot.

Cost to paint an accent wall

An accent wall is usually a different design from the other walls in the room. Therefore, you may use a different colour to paint it. Typically, the cost to paint a single accent wall is about $80 to $200. This price may vary depending on the quality of paint used.

Wall painting material cost

Generally, a can of paint’s cost is about $30, coming in between $15 and $40. The price varies depending on the quality of the paint.

To determine how much paint you will need for your home, ensure you accurately measure the coverage area, which includes the height and length of the wall. The coverage area does not include any doors, painting windows, or any other unpaintable surface.

Three-inch paint brushes and rollers may be approximately $10 to $20 on average. For trims, corners, and narrow surfaces, you will need assortment of paintbrushes. Paintbrushes differ in terms of bristles, with each brush having a specific purpose.

Other materials include drop cloths, painter’s tape, paint trays, and pan liners. All these materials are priced differently, and you must ensure you include their price in the overall project cost.

Wall painting material cost

Cost factors to consider when painting a wall

There are several factors that you must consider before you begin your painting projects. These factors will help you to determine the overall cost of the project. These include:

Materials – to calculate the total cost to paint walls, it is essential to determine how much the materials will cost. For example, you should determine the type and quality of paint you will use and the primer.

As a rule of thumb, high-quality paints and primers will go at a higher price than low-quality ones. So, ensure you decide what paint you are going to use early. Also, tools such as rollers, brushes, drop cloths, painter’s tape, pan liners, and paint trays will go at a price. This price will reflect on the total cost.

Preparing worksite – It is essential to prepare the surface before you paint to avoid ruining your household. For instance, you need to move your furniture, remove window curtains and electronics, among others. Also, you will need tapes to cover the windows and doors and canvas to cover the floor.

If you plan to do the work yourself, ensure you start early to avoid delaying the job. You can hire a handyman to help you prepare the surface at a price that will reflect the overall painting cost.

Preparing surface – Before you begin painting, determine whether there are any repairs needed. If your wall needs some patching or replastering, do it early. Determine all the repairs needed and the costs to pay professionals.

The cost to repair the surface will depend on the extent of the damage. So, make sure you point out all the damages and repair them for a flawless paint job finish.

Testing or remediation– Professional mold remediation costs range from $500 to $6000. This price can go higher depending on the severity of the problem. On average, the cost of mold-killing paint is $1800, depending on the quality.
The average lead paint removal cost is $8 to $15 per square foot, while the average cost for a project is about $10000.

It is critical to put all the testing and remediation costs together and add them to the overall cost to paint your walls. This will help you to know your budget for the project.

Permits or inspection fees– most municipalities charge about $5000 if the home renovation costs more than a certain set amount. However, not all projects need permits. For a typical wall painting project, you will not need a job permit unless you need to do some structural changes.

If you plan to buy or sell a home, you will need to pay for an inspection. The inspection fees differ regarding the size of the house and geographic location.

To know whether your project will need a permit or inspection fees, visit your local authorizes and inquire. This will keep you informed and avoid going on the wrong side of the law.

Benjamin McInerny
Author: Benjamin McInerny - is a qualified arborist with 20 years of industry experience. Ben has a wide knowledge of renovation and DIY projects around the house such as lawns, fencing and painting. Ben shares his skills with DIY and gardening enthusiasts.