How Long Does It Take to Paint A Room?

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Putting a new, fresh paint to change your old room can be fun to do, but it could also be time-consuming and requires a little bit of elbow grease to get the job done. One question I always have in mind is how long does it take to paint a room?So here are some guidelines and rough estimates for an average-sized room, so we could have an idea and help us plan on painting our rooms.

Time for measuring and planing

Rooms vary in sizes and measurements, and it’s essential to know how big the room is that you are going to paint. So, the first thing you have to do is get the size of the room you’re going to paint, this could help determine how much time you’re going to need to paint your room.

The average size of  a bedroom measures 432 sq. ft. and that’s about 13′ x 13′ bedroom with a 8′ ceiling, if your room has little or intricate details, it will be easier for you to follow simple steps in painting and take less time.

While an average medium-sized living room measures 20′ x 15′ x 8′ which is a lot bigger and has more details so it could take more time to paint.

Some other things that need to be considered before you start your project, is planning ahead of time. With a carefully laid plan that lets you work smoothly, you may consider making a list, and finalize what needs to be painted. If the ceiling doesn’t need to have a fresh coat, you may skip it and that has saved you a couple of hours.

You will spend 10 – 15 minutes for this work.

Hours Needed in Painting / Rolling Walls

You will have to check if some need repair before you could start painting. Are there any holes in the walls? Pinholes, and how big they are. If there’s no major repair needed, you may prepare your mud work and fill nail holes, so the wall would look smooth and flawless once the paint is applied. Mud work would take approximately 10 minutes for a normal-sized room.

Next in the process is cleaning the ceiling, and wall trimmings, you can either sweep it with a broom and/or wipe it with a damp cloth to get rid of the dust and grime, also to make the tapes stick properly in place. You can use a step ladder for easy access to the ceiling or the top of the walls.

Then you may tape the floor trims, window trims, ceiling, GFCI outlets, and switches. The time consumed in these tasks may take you approximately 30 to 40 minutes and may still vary depending on your skills and efficiency.

Walls should be smoothed out for the application of paint to turn out well. You can either use a sanding sponge or sanding pole. After this, you will have to clean the dust off the tapes and the walls and could take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. 

Lastly, move your furniture. If you’re about to paint your ceiling, move your furniture away and cover them drop cloths, but if you’re just painting the walls, you can just move your furniture to the center and cover them with drop cloths, as well as the floor. To prevent paint drippings on the floor or to your precious furniture.

Also, prepare your brush and roller, and paint tray. This could take 20 to 30 minutes to put everything to place, and prepare your paint and tools.

Estimated time to paint the room

You may want to cut in along the ceiling first, then the windows, doorways, corners and the edges of the outlets and switches. Make a line with a paintbrush; you could actually use an angled brush of 2.5”-3” for easier cutting, and this could take approximately 40 to 60 minutes for an average person to finish the first coat, while it could take 30 minutes for the second coat.

This should be easier to finish since you’ve already taped the trims and covered some parts, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting some paint on your outlets or trims.

Now to the real task, rolling out or painting the walls. Painting your walls should come out quickly and easily if everything else was done right and accordingly. If there are no more quick fixes that should be done, you could finish rolling out quicker than expected.

You also might want to take a pause from painting and check your work to see if there are runs, streaks, sags, or light spots that you might’ve overlooked. So, you can immediately roll back to that area and paint until it’s smooth and evened out.

This task can be done by an average person at approximately 40 minutes for a normal-sized room.

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Time needed to Clean up and Last Touch

You can now admire your newly-painted walls, you may pull the tape off the trims, clean up the dust, put away the drop cloths, and put your furniture back to their places, putting everything away could take approximately 30 minutes.

Don’t forget to check the room for missed spots, light areas, or if there is paint on trims and the ceiling, so you may give it a last touch up. Then admire your new beautifully-painted room once the furniture is back and set up.

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Here’s the summary of How Long Does It Take To Paint A Room.

  • Measuring and planning – 15 minutes
  • Prep Work – 110 minutes ( 1.8 Hours)
  • Cutting In – 60 minutes (1 Hour)
  • Painting/ Rolling Walls – 40 minutes
  • Cleaning Up – 30 minutes
  • Total Hours: 255 minutes (4.25 Hours)

Certainly, the time we will consume in executing this task will depend on our skills and efficiency. There are a lot of factors that we should not overlook when we are about to do this task, and we need to be patient and careful with our home details such as window edges, trims, ceilings, etc., to prevent any more unnecessary tasks, also to save us time.

If we want our project to turn out well, we need to plan out everything, the type of paint, the right shade you want, and the tools you need. We should be fastidious when we’re planning for this home project, because one mistake and it’ll be our precious time and effort that will suffer.

These are just some guidelines and rough estimates of the time that can be consumed in doing the necessary tasks when you paint your room.

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