Serving the community of Hays, Kansas and surrounding areas, JDR Painting Services, Inc. provides superior interior and exterior painting services for homeowners and small businesses.  By offering competitive pricing, quality workmanship and reliable service, we work to make the painting experience worry-free.



Painting the inside of your home may be the quickest and cheapest way to give your home a facelift with dramatic results. But before you can get there, you need to make choices. Tough choices. If you've ever visited the painting section of your local hardware store, studying the subtleties between Smokey Topaz and Roycroft Suede swatches, you know how overwhelming the options can be. 


You may choose colors based on what you like and how you feel at the moment, or you can be more methodical. Consider the mood you want to set in the room: Fun and colorful? Cool and calming? Warm and energizing? Color creates feeling. It creates atmosphere. You can use guidance from the art of feng shui, hire a decorator or go with your gut.


Most paint stores offer smaller, sample sizes so you can take them home to do a test. Whatever you choose, make sure that you evaluate your color swatches in the room where it will be used. Or, better yet, paint a few colors in large swaths on your wall, so you can see the colors in the room's natural light as well as its artificial light. Put it next to any design elements, such as pillows or furniture, that you're trying to match in the room.

Once you have your colors chosen, there are several factors that could impact the cost of the project.


Size of Room To Be Painted

The size of the area to be painted is an important consideration when it comes to cost. The larger the room, the more paint you'll need and the longer it will take. If you're hiring someone to paint for you, of course, you'll pay higher labor costs for bigger rooms.


Cost of Paint and Supplies

Interior paint costs vary depending on the quality, brand and type of finish. For most jobs, figure you'll need one gallon of paint to cover 350 square feet. Primer can run about the same price as the paint, again, depending on quality and brand. Some paint manufacturers are now selling paint with primer in it. You'll pay about what you would for both paint and primer, but you'll save on time and labor costs. In your cost calculations, don't forget brushes, rollers, drop cloths, tape and other supplies. If you're hiring someone to do this for you, they will have the necessary materials to paint your home, and some supply costs will be rolled into the cost of labor, which varies from state to state and company to company. Normally, the paint and supplies make up around 15% of the total cost and labor is the additional 85%.


Also remember, it takes more coats of paint and costs more to cover a dark color with a light one. Having to paint crown molding, baseboards, wainscoting or other detailed trim can add to a contractor's estimated price, as can walls taller than the average of 8 feet.


Types of Paint Finishes

Flat or Matte finishes are the least shiny finishes and are not well suited for areas where you need to clean, such as kids' bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. Satin finishes are the most popular and they're washable but not scrubbable. A semi-gloss finish will give your room a slight shine and you can scrub this paint if you need to. Lastly, a high-gloss finish will give your space a shiny look with stain-resistance and an easy-to-clean paint.


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Whether you are painting the exterior of your home to boost its curb appeal, change a color you don't like, or because the old paint is peeling away and a new paint job is sorely needed, painting your home's exterior is a large job that requires planning, preparation and the correct tools. In most cases, painting your home's exterior is a job best done by a pro. But before you call the one, you'll want to consider a few factors that will have an affect on the project's cost. 



The size of your home will play the largest role in determining the cost. Most estimates are based on the square footage of your home. However, along with the question of size comes the question of accessibility. A larger home that is only one story may be considerably less expensive to paint than a smaller home that has three stories and a very steep roof. The more difficult it is for your painting professional to access all surfaces of your home that need painting, the more expensive the job will likely be.



The paint you choose can also be a big factor. There are many different qualities of paint, and the higher the quality the higher the cost. If you are spending the time and money to have your home painted, it makes sense to use the best quality paint that you can afford.


Prep work

Typically before paint is applied, the surface of your home needs to have the old paint removed either by spraying or pressure washing. If there is any loose or peeling paint left on the home's surface, the new paint will not adhere correctly and you soon will have a house full of peeling paint on your hands. In addition to the removal of the old paint, the surface of your home will need to have any broken, cracked or rotting siding repaired, windows may need to be caulked, and a primer coat applied before the exterior paint is applied. Taking the necessary steps to do all the prep work correctly will make the difference between a paint job that peels away and one that lasts for years. So even though the preparations will add considerably to the cost of labor, it is not worth it to skip any of the necessary steps.


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A beautiful mural, trompe L'oeil, or faux painting can add a touch of beauty and class to your home. Whether you have a mural painted on a garden wall, or texture the walls of your dining room, faux painting and mural painting can be a wonderful, but often expensive, addition to any home. Here are a few things that will affect the cost of any mural, trompe l'oeil, or faux painting job.


Who is the artist? 

The single largest factor in the cost of your artistic painting project is the artist. Unlike house painting where the market will keep most painters within a certain price range, mural painters are artists and so their individual experience, portfolio, past projects and fame will affect the price they charge. When you meet with an artist make sure to look through their portfolio online or in person, to see if they have the skills and style you are looking for. More than any other type of painting you will have done to your house, a mural painter's personal style is an essential factor. The most expensive artist may not necessarily be the best artist for YOU!


How large is the space being painted?

As expected, the larger the mural, the higher the price. When you speak to an artist about how much they will charge for their work, make sure they view the space they will be painting in person. If you cannot afford the price they quote, you may want to ask how the price would change if you had them working in a smaller space. Sometimes a small amount of mural painting goes a long way and you can achieve the affect you want with less instead of more.


How accessible is the space?

Artistic painting is not like wall painting, you cannot just use a roller and cover the area. For this reason, accessibility becomes a major factor in the price. Painting a ceiling white is quick and simple, painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel took years! Your mural painter may not be Michelangelo, but their skills need room and so make sure they quote you a price knowing exactly what the painting conditions will be.



The last thing you want is to spend a fortune on an amazing mural and have it fade in the sunlight, or for an outdoor mural, be affected by the weather. Although any piece of outdoor art will fade over time, you want to preserve it for as long as possible. Make sure to talk to your pro about sealing and preserving your artwork against the elements. This is not a place to cut corners! You will want to use the best sealers available.


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While painting an entire house or room can be overwhelming, homeowners can often save money by painting portions of the home. These smaller projects can be the stepping stone to a larger project or a standalone. Painting specific areas in or around the house is another good way to spruce up something without spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on repairs and renovations while making it look good as new. The cost of paint will depend on what kind you need for the indoors or outdoors, and what color you decide to choose for the project. Talking to a paint professional will help in this decision-making process.


Door or trim

A common project both on the interior and exterior of the home is painting the door or trim around it. Sometimes these wear with age or weathering, but they still remain in fairly good condition. A good way to spruce them up is to paint them, which helps to make the house appeal from the exterior aspect or better match the interior of the home if repainting or updating it as part of a larger project. If painting the exterior in particular, choose paint that will stand up well against the conditions in your area so it will last longer.



Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are another small-scale painting project that help to make them look good as new without spending money on refacing or refinishing. If the cabinets are in good condition but suffer from wear after years of use in either room, the paint adds a new layer and helps them look better. It's also a good way to add new color to either room if you think they might be too neutral without painting the walls. 


Paneling or Siding

Paneling and siding go through a lot of wear and tear throughout the years, but it can be expensive to tear pieces or the whole of them down to replace them with newer parts. There are certain types of paint that you can coat either in to help them last longer. 


Fence or Gate

To help make your house stand out more on the curb, painting the gate and fence around it could be the best strategy. It could be a white picket fence, a nice woodsy brown, or bright colors if that's more upon your alley. Painting the fence and gate is also a way to hide any chipping or wear from climate conditions or pet claw marks against it. Just be sure the color will match your house.


Accent Wall or Ceiling

To add just the right hint of color to a room without painting all four walls, taking on a small project like painting an accent wall or the ceiling will add that extra zing to the room without needing to spend extra money on more paint or replacement neutral paint when it comes time to sell the house. Painting the ceiling will also have this effect, especially if you want to accent the carpet or create special designs on the ceiling through stenciling.


Paint Fireplace

Brick and metal fireplaces are another prime project for painting when they don't match the rest of the room or have been worn down with use. Maybe it needs to look more like wood, or the brick has faded so much that it doesn't look good anymore. Painting it will renew its look without you having to spend the money on a brand new one.


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