The Cost of Painting Yourself
My wife and I spent the better part of two weekends painting our 2 story foyer. We finally finished the painting this weekend and with the work complete we both still have lingering thoughts about whether it was worth the headache, although we are glad it is finally complete.
The previous owners had the space painted a mustard like color that neither of us liked. Ofcourse when were were buying the home we glossed over things like paint colors and minor updating as easy weekend projects. Well that was before children and now what were small home improvement projects seem like insurmountable obstacles in our hectic lives.
In the end we likely saved a good chunk of cash by doing it ourselves. While we had a lot of basic painting supplies, heres a quick tally of our associated expenses:
|1 gallon of paint, brushes||$ 24.84|
|22 foot telescoping ladder||$ 129.54|
|paint roller, extension handle||$ 20.46|
|1 quart of paint||$ 11.29|
The big expense was a ladder we had to buy to help get to the upper sections of the walls even with an extension pole for the paint roller. The ladder was needed regardless for other house maintenance (such as gutter cleaning), but we had been putting it off indefinitely since there was no immediate need.
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