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-Robert D.

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Remodeling tip: Should painting or flooring come first?

Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know whether interior painting should come before or after the installation of hardwood flooring.

Interior Painting

Professional decorators say painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room. It's also one of the more accessible do-it-yourself projects for the homeowner, though a professional interior painting company will likely do a better and more long-lasting job.

guy repairing plaster ceiling
Plastering, Painting - Interior

Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we’re pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage? – Sara S., Elgin, Illinois

A high-gloss paint will be very shiny and reflect more light; a matte or flat paint will not be shiny and will reflect less light. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sergio C. of El Paso, Texas)
Painting - Interior

From low luster to high gloss: Learn how to pick the style of paint that’s perfect for your project.

lovely painted room with bright rug
Painting - Interior, Remodeling - General

Dear Angie: We’re having an interior paint job done, and I’m wondering whether to pay when the work is done or as it proceeds. – Sherry S., Crystal Lake, Illinois

gray and pink paint
Painting - Interior, Interior Design & Decorating

Move over, beige. There’s a new neutral in town.

Angie's Answers


That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.


Remember, you not only have to remove the popcorn texture, but also redo the ceiling in some other texture.

Price will depend on several factors:

1) how much the contractor you choose hates removing popcorn or textured ceilings - some charge $1 or so/SF extra just because they hate it. There are even some who bid total drywall replacement cheaper than removing the popcorn, so you have to first find contractors who are happy to do that work, or your prices will be out of the realistic range

2) if the popcorn predates about 1990, then it could likely have asbestos in it, which doubles or triples the price, and in many cases uncapsulating it with a spray coating and then removing the drywall entirely is actually cheaper than all the protective measures necessary if it is scraped off. 

3) whether the popcorn is primarily gypsum and vermiculite (comes off REAL easy) or was the plaster of paris variety, which takes a fair amount of soaking to soften it enough to scrape off

4) what type of finish you are replacing it with - if a textured ceiling, slapcoat, knockdown finish or paneling, not real problem. If you want to go with a perfectly smooth ceiling (generally a bad idea as any variations in the drywall on a ceiling surface really shows up dramatically), then it will demand a lot of care in preparing the scraped surface, and a complete surface drywall compound skim coat to smooth out the scrapes and gouges from the removal process.

5) what underlying conditions are - if there is a lot of furniture to move around (should go to adjacent rooms) or cover and work around, high-quality rug or hardwood floor to super-protect or such, will drive cost up.

I have seen costs run from as low as $0.60/SF to $1.25/SF (for removal only). Generally, remove and recoat with a surface texture of some kind (anything but smooth) and paint will run you about $2.50-3.50/SF.

Now the bad news - if asbestos containing, can run from $5-10/SF. Many homeowners in that situation go the other legal route - have it encapsulated with an asbestos-rated sealant by an asbestos contractor, then paint it and leave it for the next homeowner to decide what to do about it. Some contractors encapsulate it and then put a 1/4" thick drywall layer over it - this usually looks like a disaster unless it has a VERY rough textured finish on it, because putting drywall sheet over a rough surface like popcorn invariably means a wavy surface commonly looks like a gently rolling ocean surface.

Hair spray is one of those things that is really bothersome.  We've run into this alot unfortunately.  And NOTHING we've found will actually clean it off.  The problem is that if you just paint over it, you still see shiny spots wherever the hairspray was.

Our companie's policy is to prime the area with any bonding primer.  This will seal the hairspray in and not let it affect the next coat of paint.  It would also be a good idea to lightly sand the area first.

Our recommendation for primer would be Zinsser's BIN Spray (red can) and can be bought at most paint stores or home improvement stores.  Other than that, any thing that specifically says "bonding" for a primer should be adequate enough. 
This is a good question.  However, the question makes the assumption that there is a paint that covers everything in 1 coat, which I don't believe is the case.  My recommendation is Benjamin Moore's Aura.  Now the fine print.  Aura will cover very well because it dries to approximately twice the thickness of other paints.  However, Aura says it will cover any color in never more than 2 coats, but there are exceptions to that as well, including some deep reds.  The main thing is the color change.  If the color you are using is within the same family of colors, you have a chance, we've also had pretty good success of grey covering over tan in 1 coat, but if you're making a major color change, don't expect any paint to cover perfectly in 1 coat.

Some other 1 coat coverage paints you could use would be Sherwin Williams Duration, and Behr Ultra Premium Plus.

Hope this helps! 
Without seeing the project I'm not sure exactly what is happening.  HOWEVER, I've never heard of someone "floating" over paint blisters - just logically that can't work.  If air or moisture are trapped (because that's what causes blisters) painting over them won't fix the initial problem.

I have a couple suggestions - My first would have been to contact the paint manufacturer - whether it's sherwin williams, benjamin moore, behr, etc. to see if they would send a rep out to give their recommendation.  We have done this before starting a project to get the best possible recommendation for work to be done and have found them to be very helpful in diagnosing what is currently going on and the best way to fix it.

If that doesn't work, I would call either the better business bureau or maybe the local paper if your contractor isn't willing to work through the problem with you.  Also, If your contractor warrantied the work I might re-read that to see what they cover if anything.  

My guess is that there will have to be some sort of dispute resolution process.

Hope this helps! 

Interior Painting reviews in Des Moines


During the estimate Maryan helped answer all questions we had, while ensuring us that they would take care of everything. He was completely right.
Maryan, ended up with a cancellation, and was able to get in to work 3 weeks earlier than initially stated. He told me they would be there by 8 in the morning, they arrived early and ready to work by 7:30. Got to work right away, with sanding and prepping the walls. There was a lot of patching, and spackling that needed to be done. They were quick and efficient through the entire process. Final product looks great, it feels like we are in a brand new house. My wife thinks the area they worked in might be cleaner than when they started.
We will definitely be using them again.
- craig G.

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was excellent to work with and made this much easier than we could have imagined. I obtained
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's new house.
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was very responsive and within 24 hours of my initial contact, he was able to visit the house, assess the job, and provide an estimate.
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was very informative, provided suggestions, and answered all of our questions in a very easily understandable manner. We hired
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and his painting team after meeting with 2 other painting companies because we felt they were the most professional and trustworthy company that could do a quality job within our timeline.
The painting team was professional, punctual, clean, and worked well together. They took extra steps which have resulted in this house appearing as if it is brand new! The cost was reasonable for the amount of outstanding work. We are very pleased and would highly recommend
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Thank you
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- Frances B.

Bill showed up promptly and started work immediately the next day. He did an really excellent job and the job turned out very well. He is a very neat and matched corners and where wall meets ceiling with contrasting paints.
- Joann Q.

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has done two homes for us inside and out. now he's on to my daughter's home. can't praise his work enough. he has a very good eye for design and making things POP and his work is super clean and neat. the garage was the last thing he did...and my wife is finding new things for him to do for us!
- peter S.

Everything went well, had a minor set back on the door, they fixed it and life is good. Would highly recommend
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, the actual painter. Did an outstanding job on the door..
- Heriberto G.

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called me after I selected their painting deal on Angie' list, giving me a date for the following week. I told them that I was selling my house and need the painting done sooner. Both
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and his brother came to my house that evening to talk with me. They said they could do my trim and house painting Thursday (this was Tuesday evening, Aug. 25) and I agreed. We looked at the back of the house where the siding needed to be pulled off and replaced.
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said he could do it. I knew this would be extra and would take an extra day, we agreed. I was extremely and pleasantly surprised when I arrived home from work on Wednesday and saw the siding had been replaced with a better quality wood. I talked with
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agreed to start the painting the next day Thursday, Aug. 27. the next morning bright and early 7AM,
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showed up and began the work, He worked until 5:30 PM and finished all of the painting, cleaned up the place when he was finished. I talked with his brother on the price and I was shocked at how inexpensive the extra work was, only 386.00 including labor and materials. I was so pleased I gave the guys a nice size tip. I would recommend
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for any type of painting, exterior, interior, staining etc. I will definitely use these great guys again if I need any painting done. GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!

- M L S.

Provided estimate in March. Paid deposit. Many delays due to other contractor work on the house. They kept in touch throughout the delays. Finally painted over the last week. I was out of town most of the time, but my neighbor observed that they worked nonstop each day. The lines around the window and door trim were perfect. We did a walk around the house and the few tiny issues were fixed immediately. I had a little water damage in my kitchen and they added that on and made it perfect in 90 minutes. Two days after, a monster thunderstorm blasted my house like a firehouse. On the first floor a large water leak occurred above recently installed sliding glass doors, on the inside of the bedroom. It seemed liked too much of a coincidence, so I asked them to inspect their recent caulking. I was out of the country, and received this email: "Hey
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, just wanted to give you an update. We inspected the slider by your master bedroom on the 1st floor and as you said the caulking is fine. We then took it a step further, got up on a ladder and inspected the windows above the master bedroom and looked down and found extreme rotted wood which had deep holes going right through it and probably down to the master, which is more than likely how the water was getting in. The best way to permanently fix this problem is to get a carpenter to come out and replace the wood or even better have the window guy replace those two windows back there on the second floor. They were both rotted really bad. However we did the best we could by patching the rotted wood areas with Bondo and putting the elastomeric waterproofing patch on them. I hope this will prevent the water from coming in. I can't guaranty it though, because there is only so much we can do with patching something that really should be replaced but it's definitely worth a shot. I am curious to know if what we did worked or not so let me know after the storm what the situation Is. I appreciate it." They didn't have to do anything, but went above and beyond at no charge. That says it all about
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- Michael K.

I was worried it would take longer than the 5 hours allotted, but the provider finished all the mudding and and extra spots in about 2 hours! I was shocked at how much faster they could do that- and the work is seamless. There are no cracks or ripples and after painting over the areas, it looks like the ceiling was always perfect - which is impressive because it was a complete mess before!
- Kathryn F.

Interior Painters in Des Moines, IA

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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street

5 Star Painting

3934 57th street
Des Moines


Des Moines

A Home Above

9633 Brightwater Drive

A&J Home Improvement

2011 E 23rd St
Des Moines

A-1 Handyman

833 C Ave

AAA Painting contractors

529 W Roosevelt Rd


610 3RD ST

Action Painting

PO Box 324
Prairie City

Afterimage Construction Services LLC

PO Box 65975
West Des Moines

All In One Service LLC

1302 McKinley Ave
Des Moines

All Pro Painting

101 e Sheridan

ARAC Roof it Forward

771 Shallowford Rd.

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237

Art Impressions

South 49th St
West Des Moines

Auntie M's

Des Moines


2608 Driftwood Ave
Des Moines

Blue Llama Enterprises

PO Box 25233
West Des Moines

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.

Bob Peterson Painting

4505 Forest Ave
Des Moines

Bob's Painting & Home Repair

2500 53rd St
Des Moines

Brammer Quality Painting

3727 SW 14th
Des Moines

Bridgewater Handyman Service LLC

2027 64th St
Windsor Heights


1404 Hazel St

Buresh Home Solutions, Inc.

9379 Swanson Blvd

BWB Painting

Des Moines

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines

CCF Painting

4111 E Douglas Ave
Des Moines

Central Iowa Handyman

3775 EP True Pkwy #111
West Des Moines

CertaPro Painters of Des Moines

8527 University Blvd, Suite 8A


3928 8th St.
Des Moines

Copperhead Coatings LLC

225 Prairie View Dr Apt 5223
West Des Moines

Copperhead Coatings LLC

225 Prairie View Dr Apt 5223
West Des Moines

CR Painting

6901 Center St
Windsor Heights


1927 NW 90TH ST

Creekside Construction Services

4603 NE McDougal Ln

Custom Interior Painting

613 SE Tower Ct

Dean's Tile

PO Box 141
Dallas Center

Des Moines Home Doctor

101 South Main St.

Des Moines Painting Co

14791 Wildwood Dr

Des Moines Painting Pros

2519 Easton Blvd
Des Moines

deWit Construction & Remodeling

10500 Hickman Road, Suite C

Dewitt Painting

1955 NW 92nd Ct

Diekman Painting

3321 oxford street
Des Moines

Ditzler's Masonry & Painting

218 NW College Ave. Apt.3

DMW Services LLC

1431 Adair Madison Ave

Down Under Faux

36 Prince Street

Dynamic Duo

417 21st St SE

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter

Executive Exteriors

PO Box 35114
Des Moines

Exquisite Designs

47332 Sterdley Falls

Fairmeadows Village

2625 Vine St
West Des Moines

Firstcall Construction & Restoration

3910 SE Capitol Cir

Fresh Coat of Central Iowa

3775 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines

Gene H White Painting

304 E 5th Ave

Get'r Done Hauling & Lawn Care

2723 E Elm
Des Moines


1055 18TH AVE



Graham Painting

302 S Hwy 5 #29

Haes Construction

818 Sw Ankeny Blvd

Haggerty Windows & Siding

2771 104th St Suite A

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Handy Guy

5712 SE 25th St.
Des Moines

Handyhawk LLC

2785 NE Broadway Ave.
Des Moines

Handyman Connection- Austin

223 W. Anderson Ln.

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Henderson Paint

Des Moines


West Des Moines

Home Maintenance Service

9605 Madison Ave
Des Moines

Hughes Home Improvements LLC

809 Cade Court
Des Moines

Integrity Cleaning

402 S. Roche St.

J. Jarvis Painting LLC

1005 N C St

Jacobs Painting

1837 Walker St
Des Moines

Jacobs Painting

1114 lincoln st se

Jacobsen Painting

6515 NW 97th St

Janb Cleaning Llc

1436 Lozier Pl

JC Toland Painting

397 NW 43rd Pl
Des Moines

Jenn Moulton Painting

220 SE Clover Ridge Dr

Jepson Enterprises

1812 60th St
Des Moines


Saint Charles

John Eginoire Enterprise LLC

519 Rose Ave
Des Moines

Jontz Painting

box 304

Jorgensen Decorating

508 N 12th St

KC Handyman Services

1848 Fuller Rd
West Des Moines

Kenny Long

210 NE 6th

Kirchoff Paint & Stain

2150 NE 18th St

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street
Strawberry Point



Lynn Jenkins Construction

1500 47th st.
Des Moines


505 NE 12th St

Maynard's Painting

540 13th St
West Des Moines


PO Box 57586
Des Moines


411 N Central Ave.

Michal Home Repair

18561 Jewell Dr.

Midwest Paint

408 SW 3rd St

Midwest Remodel

po box 753

Mike Holle Painting

594 pinehurst dr



Minka Enterprises LLC

4140 100th ST #10


708 37th St
Des Moines

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd

Mr Fix It and Remodelworks

606 SE Boone Dr

Mr Workman, Inc

1021 24th St
West Des Moines

My Painter

1241 Pleasant View Dr
Des Moines

NRL Construction Management LLC

2967 100th Street

On The In Side Faux Finishes

1065 26th St
Des Moines


1945 NE 45TH CT
Des Moines


West Des Moines

Paragon Painting

5668 NW 86th St

Pat Edwards Remodeling

2615 Hickman Rd
Des Moines

Pat's Handyman Service

12979 Larimore Cir

Perfection Painting

500 N Valley Dr
Des Moines

Performance Painting

4905 NW 4th street


West Des Moines

Pettiecord Restoration

2664 SE 88th St

PipCo Home Repairs & Remodeling

5926 NW 106th St

Power Pro's

2214 Forest Ave
Des Moines

Precision Painting & Services

525 2nd St
West Des Moines

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

Pro Paint

4511 1/2 60th st

ProRestore DKI

3505 SE Crossroads Drive

ProTect Painters

6795 NE Rising Sun Dr
Des Moines

Pyramid Wall Systems

5005 SW 63rd St
Des Moines

Randy Welch

4235 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines

Red House Remodeling

5904 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr


698 20TH ST
Des Moines

Restore Master Construction

7605 University Ave

Roofing Specialist

2423 E. 11th St
Des Moines

Saunders construction

1701 Gillette St
Des Moines

Scott's Home Renewal

676 44th St
Des Moines

Smart Painting And Restoration

525 12th St
West Des Moines

Smith Home Restoration LLC

2734 E Cutler Ave
Des Moines

Sparks Painting

Des Moines


1320 NE 60th Ave
Des Moines

Stacey's Faux Design

1800 E. 31st Street
Des Moines

Steve Stone

West Des Moines

Swieter Home Lawn and Snow LLC

2900 Capitol Ave
Des Moines

Tazman Construction

4910 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines

The Carpenters Group

2009 Nature Trail

Top Gun Painting

1210 Auther Ave
Des Moines

Triple Diamond Properties LLC

1460 NE 69th Pl

Tru Contracting

6111 Meacham Dr
Des Moines

Two Rivers Renovations

P.O. Box 41304
Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St

Valenz Painting Co

29055 Desert Moon

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

Vice Construction

PO Box 644

Woodsman Construction

3790 Kinsey Ave
Des Moines

Worth Exteriors Inc

475 SE Alices Rd

Young Construction Co

5105 Wildwood Dr

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