Cost to Texture Paint a Ceiling – 2021

| Last Updated: November 29, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 561

$ 71

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 50% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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

What’s the cost to texture paint a ceiling? The contractor cost to texture paint a ceiling is $561 compared with $75, the do-it-yourself cost.

While texture-painting a ceiling is not a solution for deep cracks, it is an attractive way to conceal light ones and add interest and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. After patching and sanding the minor cracks, texture painting is a topcoat application that creates a decorative finish with swirls and stippling effects that call attention to the ceiling.

A painting contractor will charge $561 to make minor repairs and apply a primer and latex texture paint finish to a 300-square-foot ceiling, or in a 15-by-20-foot room. That price includes the material and labor. You can buy the patching compound, primer, paint and tools for $75 and do it yourself, saving 87 percent.

You’ll find the materials sold at paint stores and in the paint sections of hardware stores and home centers. A number of different tools can be used such as a whisk broom, putty knife, sponge, trowel, wallpaper brush or heavy nap roller to create different effects and it’s a good idea to practice creating them.

TIP: For large-scale project, you can also use a paint sprayer and experiment with different tip sizes. See our list of sprayers best for ceilings.

Use the backside of plywood or a poster board and experiment with the roller, first applying light pressure to get a stippled effect; or apply a heavy hand for a finer textured effect. Think of it as a dress rehearsal so you’ll be confident and get the finish texture you want.

To prepare the room, remove the ceiling fixture by lowering and loosening it from its collar plate. Then thoroughly clean the ceiling with a dry mop to remove any dust on the surface and in the corners. You’ll need a sturdy ladder and drop cloths to protect the furnishings and floor. Try to remove as much furniture as you can so it’s not difficult to reposition the ladder as you move around the room.

The Spruce has an article about How to Create Stipple Texture on Walls and Ceilings.

The average price to texture paint a ceiling noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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