Cost to Paint a Wood Floor – 2021

| Last Updated: November 27, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 131

$ 55

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 61% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Paint a Wood Floor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint a wood floor? A paint contractor charges $131 to paint a wood floor vs. doing it yourself for $55 and saving 69 percent.

We’ve always refinished our wood floors to bring out their natural beauty and good looks, but not all wood floors are meant to be refinished. Those that are already painted or made of mismatched planks pieced together are good candidates for a facelift.

Designers say a can of floor paint and a little imagination will transform a room. You can stripe a floor in contrasting shades of a color using masking tape for guidelines, and make a room appear larger. To accentuate a floor and make it the focal point, paint it a bold color. Or for a fanciful finish, strike off the room in a checkerboard pattern with masking tape, and paint the squares in contrasting colors.

A painting contractor will charge $131 to prepare and paint a 12-by-15-foot wooden floor, which includes labor and material; but you can do the job for $55, the cost of the paint, and save 69 percent.

For the best looking results, make sure the old floor is clean by giving it a good washing, and remove any wax. If there’s a high gloss finish on the floor, scuff sand it with medium grade sandpaper. Use paint designed for floors like Sherwin-William’s Waterbourne Floor Enamel, and outline the room with a brush, then use a fine nap roller on the floor surface. Another bit of advice: Two coats are better than one for a good hard surface.

Looking for a time-saving and convenient option? Check out our buying guide for paint sprayers to get started.
You might also be interested to know when is it best to use a sprayer vs a roller.

For step-by-step directions here’s advice from our Dummies© book How to Paint Wood Floors.

That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to paint a wood floor lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor.

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