Top 10 House Painters in Santa Barbara, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Champs Handy Worx LLC
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Serves Santa Barbara, California
Champs Handy Worx stands out because we are passionate about our quality of work. We have excitement for the project and are sure to effectively communicate with our customers before and during the project so that they understand their options and feel comfortable with the work that we do i...Read more about Champs Handy Worx LLC
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Champs Handy Worx stands out because we are passionate about our quality of work. We have excitement for the project and are sure to effectively communicate with our customers before and during the project so that they understand their options and feel comfortable with the work that we do i...Read more about Champs Handy Worx LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Progressive Builders
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(160)
"I got 4 bids from 4 different contractors for my master bathroom remodeling project and I decided to go with Progressive Builders. Their quote was the best one and not only that, but their manager was very knowledgable and came up with some great design solutions for the bathroom. During the remode...Read more about Progressive Builders
"I got 4 bids from 4 different contractors for my master bathroom remodeling project and I decided to go with Progressive Builders. Their quote was the best one and not only that, but their manager was very knowledgable and came up with some great design solutions for the bathroom. During the remode...Read more about Progressive Builders
Porch Pro Headshot Rainbow Custom Painting of Santa Barbara
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(105)
"I had Rainbow custom painting do some exterior painting on my windows and doors. Richard the painting contractor of the company and me discussed different options to cover some old oil finish on the trim. Richard came up with a great plan that save me money without cutting corners on the painting w...Read more about Rainbow Custom Painting of Santa Barbara
"I had Rainbow custom painting do some exterior painting on my windows and doors. Richard the painting contractor of the company and me discussed different options to cover some old oil finish on the trim. Richard came up with a great plan that save me money without cutting corners on the painting w...Read more about Rainbow Custom Painting of Santa Barbara
Porch Pro Headshot The French Brush
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(58)
"Favourite faux painter in LA! The French Brush has been recommended to me by a contractor, and I am so glad I found Carole Da-Cruz, who was able to execute my vision by creating beautiful and colorful accent walls in my home. Her unique faux finishes have added a lot of depth to my rooms. Carole i...Read more about The French Brush
"Favourite faux painter in LA! The French Brush has been recommended to me by a contractor, and I am so glad I found Carole Da-Cruz, who was able to execute my vision by creating beautiful and colorful accent walls in my home. Her unique faux finishes have added a lot of depth to my rooms. Carole i...Read more about The French Brush
Porch Pro Headshot Hotsteppers Painting
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(15)
"Hotsteppers painting is awesome! They have painted a bathroom for me that was bright yellow..I wanted the job done fast and it was! I now have a beautiful bathroom and hotsteppers also replaced my vanity also and despised of the old one. Great prices and great people. "
"Hotsteppers painting is awesome! They have painted a bathroom for me that was bright yellow..I wanted the job done fast and it was! I now have a beautiful bathroom and hotsteppers also replaced my vanity also and despised of the old one. Great prices and great people. "
Porch Pro Headshot Associated Construction
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(58)
Associated Construction ACSB Enterprises, Inc. Proudly we operate as a company handed down through three generations of quality craftsmen. Associated Construction, a family of builders, from great-grandfather to grandfather to uncles to grandsons, provides over 80 years of building experience to cl...Read more about Associated Construction
Associated Construction ACSB Enterprises, Inc. Proudly we operate as a company handed down through three generations of quality craftsmen. Associated Construction, a family of builders, from great-grandfather to grandfather to uncles to grandsons, provides over 80 years of building experience to cl...Read more about Associated Construction
Porch Pro Headshot Hustlin home service
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(14)
We are a handyman company in lompoc ca. We pride ourselves on our speedy response times and quality of our work . The great thing about us is we offer a wide range of home services top to bottom interior to exterior such as but not limited to : drywall , demo., painting, general construction like de...Read more about Hustlin home service
We are a handyman company in lompoc ca. We pride ourselves on our speedy response times and quality of our work . The great thing about us is we offer a wide range of home services top to bottom interior to exterior such as but not limited to : drywall , demo., painting, general construction like de...Read more about Hustlin home service
Porch Pro Headshot The Wizard of Walls
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
(2)
"He painted my entire house. It was way overdue for paint and is very complicated due to lots of wood porches and overhangs. The Wizard of Walls did a great job. He's very professional and thorough. I would use him again for any painting projects I may have in the future. This was an exterior paint ...Read more about The Wizard of Walls
"He painted my entire house. It was way overdue for paint and is very complicated due to lots of wood porches and overhangs. The Wizard of Walls did a great job. He's very professional and thorough. I would use him again for any painting projects I may have in the future. This was an exterior paint ...Read more about The Wizard of Walls
Porch Pro Headshot Dave's decoration and painting corp
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
We strive for excellence every time we paint a home, inside or out.
We strive for excellence every time we paint a home, inside or out.
Porch Pro Headshot Crawford Painting
Painters
Serves Santa Barbara, California
Since 1999 Crawford Painting has earned it's sterling reputation in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties based on four qualities: integrity, customer service, outstanding workmanship, and extensive product knowledge. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured, our clients can be assured that their job will b...Read more about Crawford Painting
Since 1999 Crawford Painting has earned it's sterling reputation in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties based on four qualities: integrity, customer service, outstanding workmanship, and extensive product knowledge. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured, our clients can be assured that their job will b...Read more about Crawford Painting

Frequently asked questions about house painters

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint in a new home. You can transform rooms with a change of color, and fresh paint breathes new life into an older home. Costs for painting homes vary. It depends on the rate of labor and on the type of paint you use. Most of the cost comes from the size of the home. The more square footage you need painted, the more expensive the job will be.

The average cost for painter services in a home is estimated at $3,500. On the low side, you can expect to pay $1,200 and $6,500 on the high side. These estimates assume you have a one-story home with around 1,000 square feet of wall to paint. More stories will mean higher costs.

The price is usually divided up into materials and labor. Labor tends to make up 85% of a job, but this can vary depending on the contractor. Most contractors charge between $2 - $6 / square foot. This calculates interior painting jobs with two coats of paint. For more specific paint jobs, such as doors or cabinets, you can expect to be charged $50 - $100 / door or drawer face.

Some contractors have different models of payment, which you may discover when looking up “painting companies near me” or “house painters near me.” You can be charged per room, which averages around $800 - $1,200 for a bedroom, and as high as $3,000 for a living room or similar large space. Some painters may choose to bill hourly, which can range from $20 - $50 / hour for basic painting, and $100 / hour or higher for specialty painting. A skilled painter should be able to cover between 150 – 350 square feet/hour but don’t forget to factor in prep time, clean up, and both coats of paint needed.

The cost of painting a home's exterior is far more variable, depending on your siding. Some sidings (like stucco) can cost up to $3,000 / 1,000 square feet, and that cost can rise if there are multiple stories. Weather can also play a major factor, which is why local painters are in high demand during the summer months. Vinyl siding expands and contracts depending on weather, so you’ll want a latex-based paint that is durable to these changes. For wood siding, latex is always a good option for allowing wood to breathe. Beware acrylic or oil-based paints, as these can create moisture stains. If you have stucco siding, you can go with latex, but it’s not your best option if the walls are damaged. Elastomeric paint will cover those imperfections while still being breathable. This paint is thick and time-consuming to apply. If you have brick siding, you’ll want a porous stain or paint so water doesn’t get trapped inside.

Siding is the biggest factor to cost, as prep and materials needed to do the job correctly can raise the price. Brick and stucco are the most expensive, while metal, wood, vinyl, and concrete tend to be on the lower end. Extra stories mean extra work for the painter, as safety measures and ladders need to be implemented. Painting a second or third story of a home takes longer than painting a single story based on logistics. It’s not just the walls, either. You may want to paint the garage, the shutters, the eaves and downspouts, and the siding and trim.

Your brand of paint can alter costs, as well as the cost of your finish. Flat paint tends to be the cheapest, but is also the least durable. Mid-range finishes, including eggshell and satin, can be good choices, depending on what you’re looking for. Semi-gloss finish will showcase imperfections and dents but is also resistant to cleaning. High-gloss is the most expensive type of finish and is recommended for small areas, such as trim, windows, and doors. While it is possible to DIY your home’s exterior, a professional comes with all the needed materials and is knowledgeable about what will work best and how to stay safe on the job. They are worth serious consideration.

Yes, you can paint vinyl siding. Years ago, this answer was no because paint continued to slide off the siding. We’ve come a long way since then. The best paint for vinyl is latex urethane paint, as it can cope with the constant contracting and expanding of the siding. Many paint companies create paint specifically designed for siding.

Painting vinyl is similar to painting other exteriors. You’ll want to coat it with primer (something designed for vinyl) and use a brush for the tricky spots. Otherwise, you can use a roller and cover a lot of ground. Once you have the primer, add the topcoat. Vinyl has one more caveat that you should be aware of. Dark colors tend to trap a lot of heat. Most vinyl paints will be light colors as a result, so it reflects heat rather than absorbs it. Weather can be a factor in painting vinyl, and the best weather is overcast, comfortable conditions. Sun, humidity, direct heat, and wind are not your friends when it comes to painting vinyl. You’ll want to ensure that painting your siding doesn’t void its warranty before you begin.

As with any painting, you’ll want to ensure you clean the area thoroughly first. For vinyl, a pressure washer is the best choice. You’ll want to find a recipe that tackles mold and mildew or buy a TSP solution. Mold and mildew tend to get between the paint and the siding, so it’s imperative you deal with them before you paint.

The quick answer is 350 – 400 square feet. This is generally true of wall, ceiling, and trim paint. Primer tends to go less, giving you 250 square feet on average. If you’re painting a dark room with a light color, you may need more primer coats, so keep that in mind. Be aware that fresh drywall is extremely porous and may absorb more paint than expected. Most drywall tends to arrive pre-primed, but be ready if it isn’t. If you have a textured wall (think popcorn ceilings, for example), you should use 20% more paint. If you need to paint 100 square feet of ceiling, it’s recommended you buy enough paint to cover 120 square feet to make up for the texture. You can stretch your paint with the correct tools. A nine-inch roller usually gives the best results for a coat of paint. For textured walls, consider a 1/2-inch nap over a 3/8-inch nap.

Let’s dive into the math. You know how much paint you need per square foot, but how do you calculate that square footage? First, measure the height of every wall, and add it together. Then, do the same for the length of each wall. Multiply those two numbers together, and you have the square footage. If you divide that number by 400 (how much a gallon of paint should cover), you know how many gallons you need to buy. This works for trim and doors as well. Multiply the total lengths and widths together, and divide it by 400. It’s never a bad idea to round up or ensure you have extra paint left over. You may need it for touch-ups or if a specific section requires more paint than you anticipated. It’s better to have too much than too little and have the hardware store mix you more paint. What if the color is off by even a slight bit? That’s a frustration you can easily avoid.

No, you can’t use exterior paint inside. Exterior paint is designed to hold up against weather extremes and, as such, contains more VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). These compounds were not designed for enclosed spaces; they can smell funky and release toxins that might make you or your pets sick. Exterior paint doesn’t settle in a short amount of time. In cold weather, exterior paint could continually release those toxins for a month or more. In warmer weather, this timeframe may be reduced to weeks. The process of releasing these toxins is called curing. Most professionals will wear masks when painting outside for this reason.

Exterior paint is softer by nature. It needs to be able to breathe and contract or expand with the home. It doesn’t stand up as well to the wear and tear that interior paint deals with on a daily basis. While all paint contains mildewcides and fungicides, the ingredients in exterior and interior paint are very different. The VOCs are needed in both paints to hold the pigment in. If you use exterior paint on indoor surfaces, ventilation is your first concern. This becomes a greater concern when spraying paint instead of rolling it, as spraying it makes it airborne that much quicker.

VOCs can cause lightheadedness, headaches, nausea, irritated eyes and throat, and respiratory issues. This can be an even greater hazard for those with compromised immune systems. Exterior and interior paints are vastly different, so you shouldn’t combine them. It compromises the quality of both paints. Plus, exterior paint isn’t designed to look good inside. Both varieties of paint are highly specialized, and you’ll likely regret using them where they are not intended.

The average cost to paint a 12x12 room is $650, with $400 being on the low end and $900 on the high end. Several factors can change these costs or cause them to rise. If you need drywall or plaster repaired before the job, that will cost time and effort. The higher your walls rise, the more time or paint it might take to finish the job. If you want to use designer paints, you may spend more on the materials. Your cost will also change based on the finish you choose.

Square footage is the most important consideration when factoring the price of a room. A large room, such as a living room, will cost more than a small bedroom or bathroom. Kitchens tend to cost the most since the painting is specific. They require far more attention to detail when you consider backsplashes, cabinets, and trims. Textured walls can add to that cost since it eats up more materials. Different types of paint can change the cost as well. On average, eggshell, satin, and flat are the cheapest paints. Matte, semi-gloss, latex, and oil are mid-range and all competitively priced. High-gloss paint is expensive and best used on small surfaces like trims.

You have the option to do the work yourself, of course. Be aware that it’s never as simple as splashing paint on the walls. You’ll need to purchase all the required materials, such as brushes, painter’s tape, rollers, trays, and plastic to prevent spillage. You’ll need to clean the walls and remove outlet covers and switch plates. Once that’s done, you can use painter’s tape on all the edges and then start. The big question you will need to ask yourself is whether you have the time. Painters are efficient, have all the tools, and do the job constantly. They will know immediately the best way to handle it.

Now that you know the scope of your project in terms of cost and effort, you can start dreaming in color.

Recent reviews for Santa Barbara Painters

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Needed to have interior walls and ceiling redone and painted. Wizard of walls did a terrific job. On time, professional and best price after shopping around

- David Mackinnon
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Excellent! True BBC attention to detail & customer satisfaction.

- david broida
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Richard Negrete from Rainbow Bright Painting (805)453-1802 just painted my house. Richard and his team did an outstanding job painting my house. Richard himself is very professional. He shows a lot of pride in his job. His workers were also very ...

- suzanne johnson
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Excellent! True BBC attention to detail & customer satisfaction.

- david broida
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Grat cabinet refinishing work and excellent service.

- richard negrete
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Professional, detailed, timely, fair, clean, quiet, honest and efficient. Without question;Richard$ Rainbow are excellent., David Broida

- david broida
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I would recommend them to any of my friends and family. I had never had to undertake a project like this so I was a bit apprehensive to begin with. You hear so many horror stories. I did the three bid process and all the bids were comparable but I just fe...

- Ela Conway
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Progressive Builders and his team were great. I reached out to him for a kitchen remodel. He came to view the property very quickly, gave me a reasonable bid, and was always super responsive (you can always get a hold of him via text). He listens to what ...

- Norman Issacs
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Progressive Builders renovated both my kitchen and my master bathroom at a very affordable quote and finished the project within the given time frame. They have very skilled workers who used materials of the highest quality which greatly improved value of...

- Stephen Florez
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This is a BIG thanks to Progressive Builders company and their crew, for the marvelous job they done at my house. We considered several other contractors for our kitchen remodel, but they offered the best estimate and performed the job excellent. All the ...

- Harold Gawley
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Progressive Builders did a complete remodel of my kitchen and it turned out beautifully. The price was affordable and they didn't charge extra for some minor adjustments during the remodel. Also the entire project was completed a few days ahead of schedul...

- Orson Nash
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Remodeling with Progressive Builders was a stress-free process for my family and me, which took several weeks of hard work from their crew. They remodeled our kitchen from scratch, designed a beautiful renovation plan, organized material supply and execut...

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Everything You Need to Know About Santa Barbara House Painters

How many painters does Santa Barbara have?

There are around 50 companies throughout Santa Barbara to help you with your next painting services job.

  • 16 of them have an A or A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.

How does invoicing/payment work for most Painter projects in Santa Barbara?

Every project differs, but you should ask any painter for an estimate, before they do any work. In fact, ask for their general payment terms before any painting services work is done.

If the job is large and going to take longer than a day, it's common practice for painters to request a down payment. Usually, this will be around 25% so they can commence work on your painter project.

If it's a quick job, you'll likely be given an invoice/bill when the job is complete. Then it's up to you and the painter to determine if you pay immediately or can send payment at a later date.

Who should I hire if I need Painting Services in Santa Barbara?

Right now there are about 50 companies in and around Santa Barbara ready to help you with your painting services project.

    Below we've listed a few of the top Painters on Porch:

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    Porch Pro Headshot B&I Painting
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
    (10)
    As a Santa Barbara painting specialist, our commitment to customer service and product quality is second to none. Painter, Interior Painting Contractor, Commercial Painting Contractors, Commercial Painter, Painting Contractors
    As a Santa Barbara painting specialist, our commitment to customer service and product quality is second to none. Painter, Interior Painting Contractor, Commercial Painting Contractors, Commercial Painter, Painting Contractors
    Porch Pro Headshot Jerrygail Painting & Design
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
    I have been a paint contractor for 20 plus years. I'm licensed, bonded & insured. I love transforming spaces for my clients. I take pride in every project I take on. Now let me tackle your project! And yes, I install wallpaper too!
    I have been a paint contractor for 20 plus years. I'm licensed, bonded & insured. I love transforming spaces for my clients. I take pride in every project I take on. Now let me tackle your project! And yes, I install wallpaper too!
    Porch Pro Headshot Exclusive Home Repair
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
    Exclusive Home Repairs, has stayed true to our company mission: “To produce creative designs with the highest possible remodeling quality and service, while maintaining an enjoyable environment, for both our clients and those employed by Exclusive Home Repairs.” At Exclusive Home Design., we simply...Read more about Exclusive Home Repair
    Exclusive Home Repairs, has stayed true to our company mission: “To produce creative designs with the highest possible remodeling quality and service, while maintaining an enjoyable environment, for both our clients and those employed by Exclusive Home Repairs.” At Exclusive Home Design., we simply...Read more about Exclusive Home Repair
    Porch Pro Headshot GoGreen Home Improvements
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
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    Porch Pro Headshot Exceptional Paint Coatings
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
    Based in Camarillo, Exceptional Paint Coatings is a painting company that offers deck refinishing, decorative painting, staining, and wood finishing.
    Based in Camarillo, Exceptional Paint Coatings is a painting company that offers deck refinishing, decorative painting, staining, and wood finishing.
    Porch Pro Headshot Select Construction LLC
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
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    General Contractor, Home Builder, and Remodeling company
    Porch Pro Headshot The fence guys
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California
    Porch Pro Headshot CAG PAINTING
    Painters
    Serves Santa Barbara, California

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