How Much Should I Invest in Painting Our Rec Room?

calander Nov 18 , 2021 user-iconAnderson Painting
Newly painted rec room with a pool table

Everyone needs a place to unwind. For some folks, that place is their living room, den, sunroom, etc. Others might take the time to transform their basement, garage, or guest room into a recreation room, complete with games, exercise equipment, and perhaps even a home theater. No matter how you configure your rec room, this space requires a secure coat of paint for protection and visual flair. However, interior painting projects can become costly, especially if you’ve got a large surface area to cover. And if you’re planning on painting other rooms in your home, you might have to make concessions when it comes to updating your entertainment center. So, how much should you invest in painting your rec room? Let’s discuss.

What to Know About Painting Your Rec Room

What’s Your Overall Interior Painting Budget?

There’s no easy way to answer this question without first establishing a budget. You only have so much time and money to refresh your home and its various rooms, after all. Calculating a rough interior painting cost estimate for your home can help you better prioritize your project and determine its scope. For instance, after budgeting things out, you might realize it makes more sense to repaint your kitchen and bathrooms and to hold off on other zones, including your rec room. Conversely, you might find that you have some additional funds to devote to painting your rec room.

How Often Do You Use Your Rec Room?

Most people would love to have a recreation center in their homes. Of course, it’s easy to take the things we do have for granted, especially if our time is limited. Even if you adore your rec room, you might not get as much use out of it as you’d like. On the other hand, you might enjoy this space every opportunity you get. The amount of time you spend in your rec room will partially determine how much you invest in painting it. If you’re not in there often, the room’s interior paint won’t undergo as much stress (as long as you clean the surfaces periodically) -- plus, you might not care too much about the room’s appearance. If you spend a lot of time in your rec room, however, its paint job might not last as long (especially if you’ve got a big, active family) and you’ll be more attuned to its condition.

What Atmosphere Are You Going For?

The total cost of an interior paint job consists of many factors, including the size of the room, the quality/type of paint used, and, of course, the amount of paint required for the desired outcome. A simple, single-coat, single-color paint job will be less expensive than a project involving multiple coats, multiple interior paint colors, and complex designs (e.g., murals, patterns, shapes). So, if you wish to make your rec room as visually stunning as possible, you’ll need to invest more in its paint job than you would if you’re simply refreshing its walls and ceiling with one coat of the same-colored paint.

Are You Planning on Selling Your Home?

A fresh coat of paint is an investment and should be viewed as such. Sure, the short-term cost of such a project can sting, but you must always keep the long-term benefits in mind. If you’re sticking around, the long-term benefit of investing in your rec room is that you’ll get more enjoyment out of using it and spend less time worrying about repairs. But if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, a freshly painted rec room might help you seal the deal and get a better price for your property. Either way, painting your rec room is a solid investment if you’re willing to take the long view.

The Verdict

How much should you invest in painting your rec room, then? Only you can make that decision. That said, your decision should be informed by your residential interior painting budget, amount of rec room usage, desired atmosphere/design, and long-term goals. The experts at Anderson Painting are happy to help you navigate all of these factors and more as you prepare to update your home’s recreation center. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!