How much will it cost to paint a room?

If you are here, you want to know how much it will cost to paint a room in your home or office.

This question (how much it will cost to paint a room) is one we receive regularly. There are some variations to geving a cost to paint a room, but we wanted to at leaset give you an idea of how much we charge for painting. 

Thanks for reading as well as checking out our website, I am David Cook, the owner of D’franco Painting & Wallpaper in Huntley, IL . So let’s dig in to this question!

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The basic information needed for a paint estimate

First, we will want to know is how did you find us. Odd? Not really…we want to know what works: Facebook, YouTube, blogs like these, referrals, or paint stores. We love to give gifts to our raving fan customers!

Now that is out of the way, here is what you can expect us to ask you:

  • When are you available for us to come out and look?
  • Can we do it virtually? usually with the help of realtor listings
  • Do you have any other work being done (floors, electrical etc.)?
  • Do you have a color selected already?
  • What is your time frame to have this done?
  • Do you have any allergies or reactions to paint?
  • What are you looking to have painted in “x” room? (walls, ceilings, base trim, windows, doors?)

We have our scope of work. Let’s break down the work needed to paint a room…

For the sake of this blog post, we will assume you are looking to have walls, ceilings, and also base trim painted. When we come and look we will have more questions. For example:

  • Are you planning on new outlet covers?
  • Do you need help moving furniture?
  • Will you be changing light fixtures?
  • Are all of the pictures going back in the same place?
  • Do you want to keep the cable/phone outlets?

With this information, we can now get to the work. We will perform and that is needed to paint your room so we can determine the cost.

  • We need to move and cover the floors and furniture.
  • Outlet covers, light switch plates as well as vent covers will need to be removed.
  • The floors will need to get taped off so we can paint the trim.
  • The base boards, the window trim and door trim will where needed be re-caulked to get rid of any gaps.
  • Any holes, nicks, dings, or scrapes on the wall get filled and also repaired.
  • The walls will get a quick pole sand -provides a smooth finish coat, better paint adhesion.
  • Ceilings will be painted with one (1) coat of paint.
  • Walls are painted with two (2) coats of paint.
  • A 12 month warranty. We come back in one year if you need a touch up.

So, how much is my room going to cost to get painted?

With the above information, we measure the room, and then enter it into our estimate software. The room we are using as a guide above was 12×12. With the 2 gallons of paint for the walls, one gallon for the ceilings, and either quart/gallon for trim, all caulk, plastic, tape, rollers, as well as repair materials, you can expect to pay about $705.00.

What is not included?

  • Painting outlet covers
  • Closets
  • Moving heavy furniture such as pianos (anything that may need two people)

We use Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore products unless otherwise requested. As listed above we offer a 12-month warranty period. This means that in one year we will call to see how things are looking and come back and touch up for up to one hour for free, if needed.

Can I get a virtual estimate to paint my house or room?

yes you can! We are still learnign some of the nuances of on line listings, images or imformation, but in General the real estate web sites like Redfin, do a pretty good job of having images of the homes and well as room sizes.

Some of the issues we do get into, is wall damage, height of ceilings, issues with previous paint (runs/drips). These are not major obstacles, just things that will affect the final price.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Call, text or click the get estimate now! Let us get you to love the space your in today!

Best paint for bathrooms

Are you getting ready to paint bathrooms for the 1st time or repainting your bathroom a new color or remodeling. Knowing the right paint for a bathroom will save you a lot of headaches down the road. There are several brands of paint for bathrooms. For today, we are only looking at two, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. So – what is the Best Paint for bathrooms?

Hey Everyone, David with Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper, here in Huntley, IL. This week, we had 2 people ask the same question, the subject of today’s blog post, what is the best paint for bathrooms. Then we had similar questions as to what to difference is between bathroom paints. So I gigured we better answer the question!

Does it matter what paint you use in a bathroom?

Absolutely! Bathrooms are a unique area of the home. Every home is unique. Painting homes is Elgin, IL can be fun for sure as they have a huge variation in age. With age comes a wide array of builders, materials used, and substrates we have to paint over. But as the bathroom is the room most often visited outside of the kitchen, it needs to be painted right! With that, a bathroom has special needs to keep it looking great for years to come.

Bathrooms- those with bathtubs or showers especially, need the right paint. The paint needs to be able to withstand moisture that comes from steam or water that comes from the sink areas from hand washing.

Washability is also another concern for bath paint. MOst batrhooms are used to get redy for the day. In getting ready there are certain products that are problematic for paint. The biggest problem product is hairspray! Hairspray has silicates in it. These silicates make it absolutely a nightmare for painting. Silicates, in general, are waterproof or water-resistant. So they may be great for makeup, hair care etc, but when it comes to painting a bathroom, hairspray on the surface of walls and cabinets is a huge- as Donald trump would say HUGE, Big, im talking out of this world

hair spray in bathrom paint
hairspray residue on bathroom wall paint

We won’t get into how we get over silicate issues to paint. We are talking about the right paint for bathrooms, so you can have the right paint so you avoid problems.

Does sheen matter when painting a bathroom?

Yeah buddy! Every home is different in some ways For example older plaster homes have different issues than new construction. However- one things is constant, water penetrates. If you add soap the equation then water penetrates even more.

When we are painting a bathroom, we recommend eggshell or satin as the minimum sheen to use for the walls and ceilings. These sheens have a built-in water moisture repellance due to the sheen. The higher the sheen the more water will bead or repel from the surface.

Think like a car- those shiney cars have water beads whenever they come in contact with water. I would not want that for the walls of my house, but you get the idea.

Can you use flat paint in a bathroom- yes, but flat paint is very absorbent. Extra moisture from shower or water will be absorbed into the paint which then is absorbed into the walls. For some homes it may not matter. But it is something to be aware of.

wtaer on flat paint
water absorbing into flat paint

Sherwin Williams Duration Paint

For us, we have turned to Sherwin Williams for most of our paint use. Customer service, warranty claims, on-site visits, and price have been the reasons we made that choice. As it relates to bathrooms- Duration is their product of choice and recommendation.

Now I am not gonna get into the tech that can lead you down a rabbit hole, I am just discussing what i think the best paint for bathrooms – based on our experiences in your homes.

Duration, is fast drying, 1 hour to the touch, 4 hours to recoat, and about 8 hours you COULD take a shower. The label shows Moisture vapor tech- no clue what that means lol. What I do know is that those claims have been tested and found pretty true. And to date, we have had no issues.

No matter what paint you choose- I would still suggest waiting 24 hours for it to dry before using the bathroom after painting.

Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa Paint

Until 2 years ago, we used this product on every bathroom we painted. Overall- we have no problem with it, if you select certain colors – you have no choice but to use it, as the colors cannot be matched in other brands.

Bath and spa paint goes on nice, has a great sheen look appearance and feel. Their product also is dry to the touch in 1 hour, but claims it can be recoated in 1 hour. They also recommend 24 before using the area.

We have not found that to be true, we had two failures in a row, both were recoated in under 4 hours. We do not know how soon the owner waited to shower, but we left at 1pm. So, we assumed it was later in the day that the shower was used. But- but both jobs had us called back within 3 days.

running lines on bath paint
running complaints in a bathroom

Both rooms had severe “running” the moisture rand down the wall and left stains. We do not know why. After having to repaint two baths for the same issue, we just made the choice to stop using this product. I know there are people that use it ever day with no issues, and I am happy for them. We have just had a different experience.

Duration Vs Aura BAth and Spa paint

I am not a huge fan of the VS conversations or comparisons. Most of the time, there is an agenda to sell a specific product. We are here to give you our field use what we use. Giving the facts of our situations. We cannot control what happens when we leave a house. So when there is a product failure like we had, we have to find out how to avoid it again.

It is very possible that the Spa paint was exposed to shower moisture sooner than the suggested 24 hours. These homes were also built in the same 90’s time frame. So there could have been an issue with the vent fan. The house could have been too “tight” not allowing fresh air to circulate in the home. We just dont know.

So- again these are our results, based on the homes we paint everyday, and the product we use everyday. Im sure you will find other people who will say something different. However we warranty what we do. Which means we solve problems- not make them. If a product we use fails, we fix it. It would be great if the manufacturer would stand behind what they sell, but we know that doesn’t always work. So we at D’franco Painting, have to be ready to stand by our work.

If you have questions- let us know- we would love to help!

What towns do Dfranco Painting work in

One of the top questions we are asked outside of how much something will cost is Where we work. So here is a short list that we will update with the towns as well as some of the things we like most about each town and where we go when we are there!

Hello Everyone- yesterdays call- “What towns do Dfranco Painting work in” is todays blog post. As our office is in Huntley, IL, we would love to have all of our workers in the Huntley area. That being said, we will just go through a short list of places we go, keep checking back as this list will grow!

Dfranco Painting in Elgin, IL

belive it or not there are quite a few Elgin’s! Our shop was located here for 3 years and Daphne and Iived there for almost 10 years, (she lived there a bit longer than I)


The cool thing about Elgin is the Diversity! from large homes to historic older homes- it is such a fun city to be able to work in. Not a fan of the trains dividing the town in half, but it is what it is. We look forward to helping all of you as we expand in to exterior painting in 2024!

Top rated Painter and Wallpaper in Huntley, IL

It has been so great to grow in our own town! We love being able to drive less than 10 min to stores and job sites. Aside from working in Dell Webb, the other Huntley communities have been so awesome to work with. Make sure you keep watch out for the Dell webb showcase home shows!! And the Lifestyle magazine if you are a Dell webb resident for ads, specials or events.


Interior painting in Pingree Grove, IL

As we have some of our friends and family living in Pingree Grove we want to make sure this is a another town where we plant our flag! So we cant forget to add Pingree Grove to what towns do Dfranco painting work in

pingree gove

We look forward to being in the Pingree grove community flyers and the home show in 2024!

Wallpaper installation as well as painting in South Elgin, IL

As we have family, church members and friends in several areas of South Elgin, we dont wat to miss the opportunity to help with commmercial and residential opportunities in this town

south elgin

It has been great being able to work in some of the commercial properties in town, installing commerical wallpaper and murals in stores such as Walmart and Mcalisters.

Helping other in St.charles with Cabinet Painting

St. charles has been one of the top cities where we are doing cabient re painting!

st charles

St. charles is another one of those cities we look forward to doing some exterior painting in 2024. I have yet to see the Walhbergs- but they make pretty decent burger!

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Should I paint the inside of my Cabinets?

If you are considering painting your cabinets, then you have questions. Painting your cabinets can be overwhelming and confusing. We are here to help you with your questions about cabinet painting. Today it is a question from Darin last week as we are working on this exact project in BArrington, IL-“Should I paint the inside of my cabinets?

Hello!!! My name is David, owner of Dfranco Painting and wallpaper, in Huntley, IL lets dive into this question, and see if we can help you with your decision on cabient painting.

Painting Cabinets

As we are doing estimates for cabinet painting, there are several common questions that almost every single home owner is asked.

Today we focus on last one. The other questions we posted links for either articles we have written or videos we have made.

Typically, we say no. But today, we are gonna show why we said yes

Not painting the inside of cabinets

95% of all kitchen cabients that we see are about 10-20 years old, are oak and are pretty basic in their contruction and installation. The interiors of these cabinets are typically the same color or a lighter color than the stained wood of the cabinet doors or drawers. These same interior cabinets are typically in very good condition. This really is a prefference or budget item. (blog article-cost ot paint cabinets).

The inside of the cabinets are usually sheltered, not a lot of wear and tear. Most of the time the shelves have some type of shelf liner that protects the shelf from wear and tear. We are from the if its not broken- dont try and fix it!

Top reasons to paint the insides of cabinets

OK- lets do the down and dirty- show the list of why you should paint them..

  • if you have glass doors- then YES paint the inside of the doors or drawers. This would be a preference more than pratice.
  • Older plywood cabinets- previously painted- Then do it! The cabinets in our house were all made with mdf plywood. Dark black stain- and NASTY!! PLUS-someone took a brush and roller to paint the cabinets.
  • the cabinets have damage. There are people that never have used or even heard of shelf liner. When the interior of the cabinets are stained or have a veneer application- those surfaces wear off, are are easilty damaged by water or wear and tear.
  • If your cabients are already painted (youtube short)- and your changing colors- it is not a great look to have old yellowed dark cabients on the iside where your glasses or dishes sit, yet have bright and clean paint/color on the out side doors/drawers etc.

So.. are you ready?

This is a quick, some highlights or why you can, should or should not paint the insides of cabinets. Someimmmes the answer is very clear- very easy. Sometimes it really come down to preference. Either way- we hope we helped. If you have a questio- please let us know, we are here to help with argueably the most popular room of your house!

wallpaper and paint
Using Wallpaper and Paint together

Have you ever walked into a room and felt an instant sense of peace? We have been told that One of the secrets behind creating cozy space lies in using wallpaper and paint together . By pairing these two elements, you can transform any room into a space you will enjoy! . 

So lets see some ideas for effectively using wallpaper and paint together!

1st let’s talk about Color Relationships

Before we jump into pairing wallpaper and paint, let’s take a moment to understand the basics of color theory and its relevance to creating visually pleasing combinations. Color theory is the study of how colors interact with one another and the impact they have on our emotions and perceptions. By harnessing the power of color relationships, we can create a harmonious visual experience. (sounds good right- well that is because we have several great designners we work with)

Complementary colors are positioned opposite each other on the color wheel, such as blue and orange or green and red. They create a striking contrast that can infuse energy into a space. 

Analogous colors, on the other hand, are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange. These combinations offer a more soothing and unified effect. Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades and tints of a single color, creating a sense of depth and subtlety.

When pairing wallpaper and paint, it is crucial to consider the undertones of both colors. Undertones are subtle hints of color within a hue. For example, a beige wallpaper may have warm undertones of yellow or cool undertones of gray. Understanding undertones helps ensure that your wallpaper and paint colors are compatible and create a cohesive look.

Wallpaper as the Focal Point

Wallpaper can steal the show and set the tone and style for an entire room. When choosing a wallpaper pattern or design, it’s important to think about the overall look you want to achieve. Do you prefer a traditional, contemporary, or eclectic vibe? By aligning the wallpaper with your desired style, you can create a solid foundation for the room.

There are many different wallpaper styles and textures. From Floral or damask patterns to grasscloth textures each us unique and can be paired with complementary or monochromatic paint colors to really pop. If you’re into a modern and bold atmosphere, geometric or abstract designs can be combined with contrasting paint colors to make a batman BAM statement. The key is to find a balance between the wallpaper and paint, what you like and then allowing them to complement each other.

See a commercial wallpaper installed in akitchen here:

When selecting wallpaper, we typically send people to JC licht stores or use one of the designer we have partnered with. They get you in the right direction!

Choosing Paint Colors

When selecting paint colors to accompany your chosen wallpaper, there are several factors to consider. Undertones play a vital role in achieving a cohesive and visually pleasing result. You want the undertones of the wallpaper and paint to harmonize rather than clash. To ensure compatibility, pay attention to the warm or cool undertones present in each color and seek a balance between them.

If your wallpaper has warm undertones, consider selecting a paint color with cool undertones from the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, a wallpaper with warm shades of red can be complemented by a paint color with cool blue undertones. This pairing creates a vibrant and balanced look.

By selecting paint colors within the same color family as the wallpaper, you create a seamless flow of hues. For instance, if your wallpaper features varying shades of blue, opt for a paint color that harmonizes with the blues, such as a soft gray or a gentle seafoam green.

If you are like me almost all of that is greek! Do they look good together- great! This is why I do not select colors. We have several designers we work with that can work with you to help select the right combinations to help you making your house a home.

Perfecting the Match: Combining Wallpaper and Paint for a Stunning Impact

Pairing wallpaper and paint is an art that can transform any room into a harmonious and visually stunning space. By understanding color relationships, considering undertones, and selecting complementary or analogous color combinations, you can create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Additionally, incorporating accent walls and achieving balance and proportion contribute to the overall success of the design. So, let your creativity flow, try different combinations, and embark on a journey to create your perfect match of wallpaper and paint for a truly enchanting space!

Experience the Difference: Trust D’Franco for Creative and Detailed Transformations

Transform your home into a harmonious and visually stunning space with our expert painting and wallpaper services. Our team understands the art of pairing wallpaper and paint, and we’re here to bring your vision to life.

With a deep understanding of color relationships and undertones, we’ll help you select the perfect combination that creates a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look. Whether you prefer complementary contrasts that infuse energy or analogous blends that evoke tranquility, we have the expertise to make it happen.

Trust us to bring our creativity and attention to detail to your project. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today and let the transformation begin!

Call us at (847) 349-4112 for a free estimate.

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Wallpaper Vs Paint: Your Ultimate Guide

Planning to refresh your home’s look? The choice and /or wallpaper and paint is tricky, especially if you’re thinking of investing in professional house painting or residential wallpaper installation. This decision shapes the look and feel of your space in big ways. I hope we can shed some light on this topic for you based on our experience as painters and wallpaper installers. We will share the pros and cons of both options, and get tips on durability, budget, and even eco-friendliness. So if you’re on the fence about wallpaper versus paint, lets see if we can help! .

The Case for Wallpaper in your home or business

Why wallpaper? First off, the design options are nearly endless. Whether you’re a fan of florals, geometric shapes, or even custom artwork, there’s a wallpaper out there for you. The variety of patterns, colors, and textures can set the mood and theme of a room in an instant.

Another big plus is the depth it can add. Unlike paint, some wallpapers come with textured designs. This texture creates layers of depth that can make a room feel more spacious and luxurious. If you’re looking to add some personality and flair to your living space, wallpaper has got you covered.

High-quality wallpaper is also a durable choice. Some modern wallpapers are designed to be scratch-resistant and easy to clean. That means your stylish walls can look new for years, even in homes with kids or pets. Commercial wallpaper is meant to last for 10-20 years! (go to a doctors office and you will see what 20 year old wallpaper looks like lol)

Lastly, wallpapers can serve more than just a decorative purpose. Some come with added features like soundproofing or thermal insulation, making your home not just beautiful, but also more functional.

The Case for Paint in your home and business

So, why should you choose paint? One word: versatility. Paint offers a rainbow of color options and a variety of finishes, like flat, matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. This means you get to be the master of your space, choosing a vibe that matches your personal style. Whether you’re after a soft pastel bedroom or a vibrant living room, paint allows you the freedom to make it happen.

Paint excels in creating a clean, cohesive look. It’s ideal for minimalists who love open, uncluttered spaces. Without patterns or textures to break it up, a painted wall offers a smooth backdrop. This makes it easier to plan decor and furniture around, essentially turning your room into a blank canvas to fill as you please.

Ease of application is another big win for paint. Unlike wallpaper, which can be tricky to align and adhere, paint is pretty straightforward. All you need are some basic tools and perhaps a weekend to transform your space. And if you ever make a mistake? Just paint over it!

When it comes to your budget, paint usually wins. The upfront costs for paint and supplies are generally lower than those for wallpaper and installation. Plus, if you’re a DIY person, you can save even more by painting the walls yourself.

Comparing Durability and Maintenance

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of long-term care: durability and maintenance. Both wallpaper and paint have strong points and weak points. Knowing what to expect can help you make a choice that suits your lifestyle.


A high-quality wallpaper can be like that durable toy you had as a kid—it can last for years, or even decades! However, durability is often linked to quality, so be prepared to invest a little more for a wallpaper that goes the distance.

But what about upkeep? Wallpaper, especially the textured or patterned kinds, can be a challenge to clean. Think about it: spilled spaghetti sauce or crayon marks from a toddler can turn into a major cleaning project. You can’t simply wipe it off or touch it up with a dab of more wallpaper.

Moreover, if it gets torn or starts peeling, you’re looking at some detailed repair work or a full replacement of the damaged section. So, while it has a long life, it does require careful handling.


One of the big pros of paint is how easy it is to maintain. Got a scuff or a stain? A simple touch-up can make it look brand new. Paint is forgiving like that; you can clean it easily and even scrub it if you opted for a washable finish.

However, paint isn’t a forever solution. In high-traffic areas like hallways or kitchens, you might notice wear and tear sooner than you’d like. The color can fade, and scratches or dings can appear, which means you might be repainting every few years.

In essence, paint offers the ease of maintenance but may demand more frequent updates, especially in busy parts of your home.

By knowing what to expect in terms of durability and maintenance from wallpaper versus paint, you can make a more informed decision. Whether you prioritize longevity or easy upkeep can help tip the scales in favor of one option over the other.

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Cost Considerations

When it comes to home decor, your budget plays a big role. It’s like shopping for a car; you have to think about both the initial price and the long-term costs. Let’s break down the budget factors for wallpaper versus paint to help you decide.


Starting with wallpaper, the initial costs can be higher. Why? Well, quality wallpaper comes with a price tag. Add in the cost of professional residential wallpaper installation, and you’re looking at a more significant upfront investment. However, there’s a silver lining. Good-quality wallpaper can last a long time—years, even decades! So, when you spread the cost over its lifespan, it might not seem that pricey after all.

But don’t forget, if your wallpaper needs repairs or if you want to change the design down the road, it could add to your long-term costs.


On the flip side, paint is generally easier on the wallet initially. You can even make it a DIY project to save on labor costs. Paint, brushes, and rollers don’t usually break the bank. But here’s the catch: you might find yourself repainting more often than you’d replace wallpaper, especially in areas that get a lot of action like kitchens and hallways. That means buying new paint and spending time or money on the application. So, while it’s cheaper upfront, the long-term costs can add up if you find yourself redoing it every few years.

In summary, wallpaper might have a higher initial cost but offers durability, while paint is more budget-friendly at first but may require more upkeep and reapplications. So, think about both your short-term and long-term budget when making your choice between wallpaper versus paint. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you and your wallet.

Which Looks Better for Your Space?

The way a room looks and feels can really affect your mood. That’s why the visual impact of wallpaper versus paint is super important. Let’s dig a little deeper into how each one shapes the atmosphere of a room.


Wallpaper has the power to take you places—whether it’s a cozy country cottage or a sleek, modern loft. With the variety of patterns, textures, and colors available, wallpaper creates a distinct mood right away. Want to make a room feel bigger? Choose a wallpaper with vertical stripes. Want to add a sense of luxury? Go for a textured wallpaper, like one with velvet or silk elements.

Wallpaper allows for bold, unique design choices. You can pick a detailed mural for an accent wall, or opt for a subtle pattern that adds depth and texture without overpowering the room. So, if you’re all about making a strong design statement, wallpaper is your friend.


If wallpaper is like a bold fashion statement, then paint is the classic little black dress—elegant, timeless, and always in style. Paint offers a more subdued beauty that complements other design elements in the room. You have a wide array of color options, from muted pastels to vibrant shades. You also get to pick the finish, whether you like it matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss.

One of the best things about paint is its ability to create a cohesive, harmonious look. You can easily match the wall color with your furniture, curtains, and other decor. Plus, paint allows you to experiment with techniques like color blocking or faux finishes for added visual interest.

At the end of the day, your choice between wallpaper versus paint boils down to your personal design style. Either way, both options offer their own unique aesthetic perks. It’s all about what speaks to you!

Wallpaper Versus Paint: Practicality and Room Usage

It’s not just about looks; you also have to think about where and how you’ll be using either wallpaper or paint. Every room in your home serves a purpose and has its own set of challenges. Here’s what to consider:


Wallpaper brings a lot of style to a room, but it’s not ideal for every space. Take bathrooms, for example. They get steamy and damp, which isn’t great for wallpaper. It can start to peel over time in humid conditions. Similarly, you might want to think twice about using wallpaper in a kitchen where it could be exposed to grease and food splatters.

However, wallpaper shines in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining areas—basically, spaces where you want to create a unique atmosphere. It’s also a good fit for low-traffic areas like a guest room or study, where it won’t suffer much wear and tear.


On the other hand, paint is pretty versatile. It can go just about anywhere, from your living room to your bathroom. Paint is especially useful in high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases. Why? Because it’s easy to clean and touch up. You can simply wipe down scuffs or marks. If you need to, you can even do a quick repaint of a section without much hassle.

In places prone to moisture like bathrooms or basements, you can choose specialized paints that resist mold and mildew. And let’s not forget kitchens; a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint finish is easy to clean, making it a smart choice for walls that might get a bit greasy or splattered.

So, when you’re picking between wallpaper versus paint, think about the room’s purpose and what you’ll be doing there. Is it a busy area? Is it damp? Answering these questions will help you make a choice that’s not just pretty, but also practical.

Sustainability and Environmental Factors

Going green is more than just a trend; it’s a responsibility we all share. When you’re deciding between wallpaper versus paint, you can also consider their impact on the environment. Let’s break it down:


Many brands offer wallpaper made from recycled or renewable resources. You can even find options that use water-based inks and adhesives. But, remember to do your homework. Check out the brand’s practices and how they source their materials.

Disposal is another thing to think about. Some wallpapers can be recycled, but others can’t. Again, this depends on the materials used and whether they include any non-recyclable components like certain adhesives or finishes.


As for paint, there are eco-friendly choices too. Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero-VOC paints are better for both your health and the planet. VOCs are chemicals that can pollute the air inside your home. They’re also not great for the environment. So, look for paints labeled as low-VOC or zero-VOC for a greener choice.

When it’s time to get rid of leftover paint, don’t just toss it in the trash. Many local recycling programs accept paint. Some even take it for free and recycle it into new paint or use it for waste energy. If you live in Elgin, IL, you can easily dispose of leftover paint through the At Your Door service.

So, whether you’re leaning towards wallpaper or paint, you have green options. Just be sure to read labels, ask questions, and think about the long-term effects. Making an eco-friendly choice doesn’t just help you; it helps our planet too.


In the end, choosing between wallpaper versus paint is all about what fits you best. No matter your choice, it will shape the look and feel of your space for years to come. Consider what you like, weigh the costs, and think about how the room will be used. Taking these factors into account will help you make a decision that suits both your style and practical needs.

Need more help? Reach out to D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper for a free consultation. Call us at (847) 349-4112 today and we’ll help you explore your options to find the perfect match for your space.

Advance Urethane vs Waterborne Laquer

If you are thinking of painting your cabiets- then one of the buzz words is Advance Urathane paint. Advance is a Urethane based product that is a great product. The other cabient paint- not often seen or heard but used for cabients is called waterborne lacquer. These two paints are two different types of paint with distinct characteristics and applications.

Hi, I’m David Cook, owner of Dfranco Painitng and Wallpaper in Huntley, IL. We are asked about trim paint, So lets dive into Advance urethane VS Waterborne Laquer.

A quick difference Advance Urethane VS Waterborne Laquer

Here’s a breakdown of each:

  1. Advance Urethane Trim Paint:
    • Urethane trim paint is a type of paint that is known for its durability, chemical resistance, and overall toughness. It is commonly used for painting surfaces that require a high level of protection, such as automotive parts, industrial equipment, and outdoor furniture.
    • This type of paint provides a glossy finish and is often used for surfaces that need to withstand harsh weather conditions and frequent use. It typically provides excellent adhesion and is resistant to chipping, fading, and abrasions.
    • Urethane trim paint usually requires a longer drying time compared to other types of paint, and it often requires the use of a primer to ensure proper adhesion to the surface.
    • in the case of Advance products- 16 hours in order to recoat- Emerald is about 3-4. That in iteslf makes huge differene in how you price, and stage a project using these materials.

  1. Waterborne Lacquer Paint:
    • Waterborne lacquer paint is a type of paint that uses water as a carrier instead of traditional solvents. It is known for its quick drying time and low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional lacquer paints.
    • Waterborne lacquer paint provides a smooth, clear finish and is often used for interior surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, and trim. It is popular among those who want a clear and crisp finish that enhances the natural appearance of wood and other materials.
    • This type of paint requires careful application to ensure an even and smooth finish. It also typically requires several coats for adequate coverage and durability.
Waterborne Laquer cabinet paint
Waterborne Laquer cabinet paint

Choosing between the two paints

When choosing between urethane trim paint and waterborne lacquer paint, consider the specific requirements of your project.

If you need a highly durable and protective finish for surfaces exposed to harsh conditions, urethane trim paint might be the better choice. To my knowledge Urathanes do not have the approvals from the Kitchen and design standards to resist stains, or kitchen food borne virus that come from raw food.

On the other hand, if you’re working on interior surfaces and are looking for a more environmentally friendly option with a smooth and clear finish, waterborne lacquer paint could be the way to go.

Somplace you can look for kitchen paint standards is here…KCMA . great location of materials that have been tested for kitchen use,

if you are just painting doors, trim etc, then Advance urethane or Emerald Urethane products will be great option!

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results with either type of paint.

So which paint is better?

there really isnt a better, it is they are different.What are you using the paint for and where yo are located really matters when deciding what to use.

For example, Nick May, walls by design in Denver, CO, uses Advance Urethane paints for cabinets- why? Location. Due to the climate there he needs something that will be able to be sprayed and lay flat, where a laquer there dries too fast.
For us, we want to be efficient with our time. So i can paint sand and repaint 2 coats in a day! That gets us more productive and your kitchen back to normal much faster.

Why does it cost so much to paint Oak trim?

In the world of home improvement, there exists an often underestimated hero and villian: the oak trim. Oak trim, with its classic charm and timeless appeal, has the power to elevate the aesthetics of any living space or make it look outdated or old. Transforming this type of wood into a modernn and updated look requires the right knowledge, patience, the right tools and materials.

Lets take a look at understanding why it costs so much to Paint Oak Trim, the step-by-step process, the best materials to use, potential issues, and what you can expect to pay for this service in the Huntley, Pingree Grove, Elgin area.

The Cost to Paint Oak Trim

The journey begins with a question that often puzzles homeowners: Why does it cost so much to paint oak trim? The answer lies in the inherent challenges of working with oak. Oak is a dense and porous wood, which makes it absorbent and resistant to paint. Achieving a smooth, even finish requires expertise, time, and the right producs to get that amazing finish our customers are looking for.

oak door with primer sanded smooth
Oak trim in the process of being painted

How to Paint Oak trim – the Step-by-Step Process

  1. Preparation: Our old Scout Master used. to say “Proper preparation prevents piss poor results”. So this starts with a plan. Where will you start? How much time do you have to get it done? Like it or not preparation includes cleaning the trim, sanding it to remove any imperfections, and filling in gaps or holes. This step sets the stage for a flawless finish
  2. Masking! you are going to need to mask the floor and walls (of your not painting the walls) so the caulk, nail hole filler and primer/paint do not get on the surrounding areas.
  1. Filling and caulking! When you have wood or oak trim, odds are no one caulked anything or filled nal holes. hat means you have to do it. Caulking will be the easier step. Filling the nail holes is another matter. This is usually a 2 stap rpcess and snading between coats as well as after the 2nd coat of filler has been applied.
  2. Priming: Now apply a high-quality primer. Oak has alot of grain in it- so you are going to need to either fill that grain or not stress about seeing verby single vein in that wood. ( we hate the veining) When you prime with a sprayer- you will see these lines. If using a brush and roller you can fill in these lines to hise some of the graining. Primer is a crucial step as it will seal the wood, prevents tannin bleed (common in oak), and ensures better adhesion for the paint.
  3. Painting: Armed with brushes or sprayers, you can start to paint. Thin, even coats are essential to prevent drips and achieve a professional look. Two or more coats may be needed for complete coverage.
  1. Drying: Patience is required as the hero waits for each coat to dry. Rushing this step can lead to imperfections. Primer alone can take 4-12 hours to fully cure- dont rush it!
  2. Finishing: Once the paint is dry, a clear topcoat can be applied for added durability and a glossy finish.

The Best Paint for Painting Oak Trim

To successfully conquer this project, it’s essential to have the right tools and materials. Here are some recommendations:

  • Quality Paint: Invest in premium paint that’s suitable for trim, such as a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. We are a huge fan of Sherwin Williams Pro classic, it drues fast and looks great. Other paints are Emerald Urathanne trim paint. Uratahnes are avalable from other companies such as Benjamin Moore- BUT- they tae a long time to dry and cure- plus I think they smell more.
  • Primer: Choose a high-quality primer specifically designed for oak or other hardwoods.
  • Brushes and Rollers: Quality brushes and rollers ensure a smooth application.
  • Sandpaper: Various grits of sandpaper for sanding the wood and achieving a smooth surface.
  • Drop Cloths and Painter’s Tape: Protect your surroundings from paint splatter.

Challenges Along the Way: Issues with Painting Oak Trim

Oak trim presents its fair share of challenges, including:

  1. Tannin Bleed: As mentioned earlier, oak is prone to tannin bleed, which can cause discoloration. Proper priming is key to preventing this issue.
  2. Wood Grain: The distinct grain pattern of oak can be challenging to cover entirely, even with multiple coats of paint.
  3. Cracking and Peeling: If the wood wasn’t properly prepared, the paint may crack or peel over time.
  4. Time-Consuming: The hero’s journey of painting oak trim demands time and patience. Rushing can lead to unsatisfactory results.

The Reward: What to Expect to Pay in Chicagoland

In the Chicagoland area, the cost of painting oak trim can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the project, the condition of the trim, and the quality of materials used. On average, you can expect to pay between $2 to $5 per linear foot for professional painting services. This cost typically includes labor, materials, and preparation.

Remember that investing in professional services ensures a high-quality finish and saves you from potential DIY pitfalls.

Painting Oak is like other endeavors of home improvement- it take your longer than you exocet and costs you more than you think it will. While it may cost more than you initially expect, the transformation of your space and the timeless beauty of painted oak trim make it a worthwhile adventure. Equip yourself with the right tools, materials, and experts, and your journey will lead to a home that radiates charm and elegance for years to come.

If you have questions- let s know, we ar ehere to help or here to take this project off your hands so you can do something else you may enjoy more!

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Different Interior Paint Types: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to transforming the look and feel of your living space, few things have as much impact as the paint on your walls. The choice of interior house paint can define the ambiance, set the mood, and even affect your daily well-being. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the different interior paint types available so you can make an informed and confident choice. From the subtle elegance of matte finishes to the high sheen of gloss paints, we’ll help you navigate the vast spectrum of options.

Understanding Interior Paint Types

Before we dive into specific paint types, let’s take a moment to appreciate the significance of choosing the right one. The type of paint you select can have a profound impact on the final appearance and durability of your walls. Whether you’re embarking on a DIY project or consulting a professional, understanding these paint types is key to achieving your desired results.

1. Latex Paint

Latex paint is a popular choice for interior walls, and for good reason. It’s easy to work with, dries quickly, and emits minimal odor. These qualities make it an ideal choice for spaces like living rooms, bedrooms, and even ceilings. Latex paint comes in a variety of finishes, from flat to high-gloss, allowing you to achieve different looks within your space.

2. Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint is known for its durability and excellent adhesion. It’s particularly well-suited for surfaces that require extra protection, such as woodwork or areas prone to high moisture. However, it’s worth noting that oil-based paints have a longer drying time and a stronger odor during application. This type of paint demands adequate ventilation and careful handling.

3. Matte Paint

Matte finish paint is one of the favorite interior paint types of those looking to have a non-reflective, smooth appearance on their walls. It excels at hiding imperfections and is often used in low-traffic areas. If your walls have slight texture variations or if you prefer a subdued look, matte paint is an excellent choice.

4. Satin Paint

Satin finish paint strikes a balance between matte and gloss. It offers a slight sheen while remaining easy to clean, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. The subtle shine of satin paint can elevate the elegance of any space, and its durability ensures long-lasting beauty.

5. Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss paint is prized for its reflective surface and washability. It’s often chosen for doors, trim, and cabinets where frequent cleaning is necessary. This type of paint adds a touch of sophistication to any room, making it a popular choice for both residential and commercial spaces.

6. Eggshell Paint

Eggshell finish paint offers a subtle sheen that strikes a balance between matte and satin. It’s known for its ease of cleaning, making it one of the preferred interior paint types for living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. The slight gloss adds a touch of sophistication without overwhelming the room.

7. Gloss Paint

Gloss finish paint takes shine to the next level. It offers a high sheen that’s resistant to moisture, making it a top choice for woodwork and furniture. Gloss paint can breathe new life into tired surfaces, making them stand out with a brilliant luster.

8. Specialty Paints

In addition to the standard interior paint types, there’s a world of specialty interior paints waiting to be explored. These paints cater to unique preferences and creative endeavors:

  • Textured paint adds depth and dimension to your walls, creating visually stunning surfaces.
  • Chalk paint offers a rustic, matte finish perfect for shabby chic or vintage-inspired designs.
  • Metallic paint brings a touch of glamour and shimmer to your walls, ceilings, or furniture.

Each of these specialty paint interior paint types has its own applications and can bring a touch of artistic flair to your space.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing the perfect interior paint type goes beyond aesthetics. It involves considering several factors:

  1. Room purpose: Think about the function of the space. A home office might benefit from a soothing matte finish, while a kitchen could shine with easy-to-clean satin paint.
  2. Lighting: Natural and artificial light can significantly affect how paint colors appear. Test paint samples in different lighting conditions to ensure the desired look.
  3. Personal preferences: Don’t be afraid to experiment with color and finish, but also stay within your comfort zone. Your home should reflect your style and personality.

Final Thoughts

In interior design, the choice of paint is a powerful tool for transformation. From the understated elegance of matte paint to the dazzling brilliance of gloss, each one of these interior paint types offers a unique way to express your style and create the ambiance you desire. When selecting the perfect paint, consider the room’s purpose, lighting conditions, and, most importantly, your personal preferences. With the right paint on your walls, your space can truly become a canvas for creativity and comfort.

Revitalize Your Interiors with D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper

When it comes to rejuvenating the heart of your home – your interiors – D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper stands as your premier choice. With over two decades of experience, we have honed our craft to perfection, specializing in interior painting services that breathe new life into your living spaces.

Our team of skilled professionals understands that your home is a canvas of self-expression, and our interior painting services are designed to enhance every brushstroke of your imagination. 

Whether you envision the calming elegance of matte finish or the radiant allure of gloss, we are well-versed in the artistry of various paint types. We carefully select paints that not only resonate with your style but also withstand the test of time.

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we know that every home is unique, and so are its needs. We take the time to listen to your aspirations and create personalized interior painting plans that suit your preferences and budget.

Don’t wait to experience the magic of our interior painting expertise. Contact D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper today!

Call us now at (847) 349-4112 for a free consultation.

Transform Your New Home with Hassle-Free Virtual Painting Estimate

Are you moving into a new home and eager to make it uniquely yours? The thought of painting your new house might seem daunting, but no need to worry! D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, the highest rated paint contractor in Huntley on Google Maps with over 150 reviews, is here to make your painting project hassle-free and seamless with the help of Virtual Painting Estimate. Our expertise and commitment to excellence will ensure your new home becomes a canvas of comfort and style.

Experience Convenience with Virtual Estimates

Picture this: you’ve just found the perfect home, and you can’t wait to infuse your personality into every room. But before you officially move in, you’d like to know how much it will cost to give your space a fresh coat of paint. That’s where our virtual estimates come in. We understand that time is of the essence, especially when you’re buying a property. Our virtual Painting estimate process allows you to get a head start on planning the transformation even before you have the keys in hand.

paint before moving in

Step 1: Providing the Details

Here’s a simple way to think about it: When you’re ready to paint your new home, the first step is to provide us with some basic information. This includes your name, how we can contact you, your email, and where your new home is located. Our partnership with Redfin, a trusted source for accurate real estate information, is an essential part of this. They give us important information about the sizes of the rooms and provide clear images. These details form the foundation of our estimate process.

Step 2: Unveiling the Possibilities

Let’s say we’ve obtained pictures of your new home’s rooms and their sizes. These visual elements are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, each contributing to the bigger picture. Just like when you’re assembling a puzzle, we carefully fit these pictures and room dimensions together to form a preliminary estimation of the work that needs to be done.

Think of it as if you’re creating a blueprint for your future living space. Redfin plays an important role here. They provide us with precise measurements, ensuring that every piece of the puzzle aligns perfectly. Redfin’s measurements ensure that our estimation is as accurate and detailed as possible.

Step 3: Customizing Your Estimate

Now, this is where the fun begins! The initial estimate sets the stage, but it’s during the final walk-through that we truly fine-tune the details. This step allows us to see the space firsthand and identify any intricacies that might affect the estimate. Sometimes, a room listed online might be portrayed differently from its actual layout. Our experts can refine the estimate according to the actual room structure, ensuring you get an accurate projection of the project’s scope and cost.

Expert Craftsmanship, Effortless Process

At D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper, we take immense pride in our team of skilled professionals. With full-time employees and additional part-timers and independent contractors, our crew is ready to tackle any painting challenge. Our work hours cater to your needs; whether it’s starting at 6 a.m. or working longer hours for a few days, we’re committed to delivering on time. This flexible approach is especially advantageous when you’re keen on painting your new home before you move in.

Seamless Transition to Your Dream Home

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to close the deal on your new home and walk in to see it beautifully painted, ready to welcome you? That’s the magic of our process. By combining the virtual estimate with the final walk-through, we ensure a smooth transition. Any hidden surprises left behind by the previous occupants, such as holes or blemishes, will be spotted and addressed during this step. Once the keys are in your hands, we swing into action, painting the space just as you’ve imagined it.

Let’s Make It Happen!

Are you excited to paint your new home before moving in? D’Franco Painting & Wallpaper is here to turn your vision into reality. Whether you’re curious about virtual estimates or looking for an estimate for a property you’re buying, reach out to us. Our goal is to make your transition to your new space as smooth as possible, ensuring you fall in love with the space you’re in. 

Call us now at (847) 349-4112 to learn more. 

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