10 Best Seattle Painters

  • 4200 24th Ave W, Seattle • Magnolia
    Omar Shahine - These guys are simply fantastic. They are also very expensive but worth every $. Their attention to detail, follow-up and desire to get it right are amazing. When anything is a miss they correct it in the moment. They provide daily written reports of their work and a final check through. Fantastic employees.
    Tom Laramee - Alejandro is the horse whisperer of wall prep for painting. He's incredibly skilled and dedicated to his craft. If you have a gig that you really, really want done well, these guys can help.
    Steven Chayer - Queen Anne will travel to your neighborhood and they are an excellent long-time Seattle painting firm. I was in the business for 40 years and I respected the work they did.
  • Brooklyn Benjestorf - We recently hired Frank to handle some random handyman tasks around our new home—there was a hole in the drywall behind the oven (fire hazard) and we had an accent wall painted dark teal in the main bedroom. Frank really exceeded expectations on all fronts. The wall behind the oven was absolutely seamless—no evidence that there'd ever even been a problem to begin with—and the edges of accent wall were so immaculately straight! Best of all, my partner and I just really enjoyed Frank's company. Highly recommend!
    Jessica M Shapiro - Frank is awesome! He painted our house in the fall and did a great job. He does quality work and the house looks great. Frank was referred from a neighbor, and after he painted her house and our house, several other people on the block used him and were very happy.
    Jeff Gibb - Frank's Painting came over for a small job as a part of our home office renovation. Coordinating the visit was easy, and they were in and out with no disruption to our WFH situation! They also cleaned thoroughly and were masked appropriately for COVID. Best of all, the finished product looks great.
  • 9585 8th Ave S, Burien • Eastlake
    Omar Shahine - I guess many painting companies double as holiday light companies. We are happy with them for holiday lights.
    Lora Shahine - They do our holiday lights every year - professional and beautiful work
    Jason Kono - The best.
  • 922 NW Leary Way, Seattle • Ballard
    Eva Monsen - They painted the exterior of a 4-plex, doing the prep work in March '20 just before lockdown and finishing after construction was allowed to resume. Nik and crew were very communicative. Workers were prompt and cleaned up after themselves. The carpentry crew took a little longer to do the repairs than expected and ended up finishing after the painting was done.
    Erin McCaul - We hired these guys to paint our house. They were professional and fast!
    Kara K McKeage - Phinney Ridge Painting is about quality and trust. They aren't the cheapest because they don't cut corners. They do the job right.
    recommended by Daniel Hammer, Beach Blvd
  • 5215 5th Ave S, Seattle • West Seattle
    Eva Monsen - These guys painted our house interior. They were very professional and cleanly, carefully masked and covered all the furniture, and the account rep was very responsive to change orders. I'll definitely use them again for interior painting.
  • 2229 12th Ave W, Seattle
    Liz Pearce - Sandi is the Paint Fairy. You don't have to move furniture or belongings before she comes. She paints about one room a day, and when she leaves you literally cannot tell that anyone has been in the house. Over three days and three rooms + a hallway, I never saw a drop cloth, piece of tape, or any mess whatsoever. The painting was beautifully done to boot. Highly recommend! (Thanks Laura F )
    Laura F - Sandi Rathbone is an excellent painter and a delight to work with. She painted the entire interior of our house, including multiple built-ins, a pocket door, and many special cabinet doors. Everything looks beautiful and absolutely perfect. Sandi is extremely tidy, has very high attention to detail, and is an excellent communicator.
  • 2442 NW Market St, Seattle • Ballard
    Michelle Flandreau - David wallpapered our entry ceiling and staircase wall and it was done beautifully. He also had a calming nature about him and was quiet, efficient and cleaned up like he was never here. This all was done in a few hours - so fun to see such a quick transition to these rooms. I would highly recommend working with David!
    Rebecca Whitmire - I found David Wolfe- Painting and Wallpaper on Fresh Chalk. He was very friendly, professional and does amazing work! Prices were incredibly fair priced as well. I will hire him again.
    Shari Lynn Zanetti - David Wolfe is great! He has hung paper in my house over the last 30 years. He is excellent, personable, reasonable and all around a wonderful person.
  • Amy Woidtke - Mike and team at Piece of Cake Painting does it right the first time. High attention to detail.
    My top go to for painters.
    Minda Brusse - Great experience, great price. From quote to finish, they were terrific. The job was to stain and paint our front porch. He custom matched the stains, communicated clearly and the price was reasonable.
  • 706 NW 70th St, Seattle • Phinney Ridge
    Troy Dennis - A few years ago we had CertaPro paint our Magnolia rental property. We got proposals from 3 other companies, but decided on CertaPro. They did a really nice job and the price was reasonable. We are now considering their south-end counterparts paint our rental property in Puyallup.
    Trina Davis - Our eight town-homes worked together with Certa-Pro. They were prompt, thorough, and reasonably priced, and their work seems to have held up well. They could have cleaned up a bit better (paint on a decorative shared rock wall), but otherwise perfect.
    recommended by Megan Hanson
  • 13760 Aurora Ave N suite b, Seattle • Fremont
    Perry Atkins - The rare contractor that comes in on budget, on time and are super nice to work with in the process. Just finished a complete interior paint on our large lux home and could not be happier with the work and people.
    recommended by Cheryl Brenner

House Painter

A fresh coat of paint can boost curb appeal and protect your home from the elements. Depending on where you live, early summer or early fall, when temperatures are warm and less humid are the best times to paint both the exterior and interior of your home. Less moisture in the air means the paint will adhere better, and if the temperature is moderate (between 50-85 degrees), the paint will dry quicker. We’ve broken down the top questions to ask your house painter:

FAQ Top 5

1. How much does it cost to paint a house?

Plan to source 3-5 bids for your project and expect a wide range of estimates. For a 2,000 sqft home in Seattle, we found exterior estimates from $2,500 to $6,900 and interior estimates from $3,700 to $5,200. What is standard (e.g. paint materials, labor, and supplies) and optional add-on services (e.g. pressure washing and moving furniture) vary from company to company. What’s best is to decide on the job you want completed and compare bids “apples to apples”.

Here are a bunch of options to consider as you receive bids from house painters:

  • Exterior: The walls (duh!), pressure washing, shutters, front door, exterior siding, trim, priming, caulking, roof eaves, railings, and decks.

  • Interior: The walls, ceilings, crown molding, floor molding, wainscoting, decorative trim, doors, door jambs, window trim, and stairways.

  • Warranty: Most professional house painters offer a three to five-year warranty for their work.

  • Other: Moving furniture, landscape protection, drywall or siding repairs, daily clean up and project completion clean up.

2. How often should I have my house painted?

Where you live and the type of materials your home is built with are the big factors to determine when you need to paint your home’s exterior. Most house painters recommend painting every 10 years, however if you live in a place with hot summers and freezing winters, expect to repaint sooner. When to paint interior rooms may vary depending on how well your home manages steam, smoke, and kids with markers. In general, house painters recommend 7-10 years for interior walls and ceilings, but sooner for baseboards and trim.

3. Should you spray or roll paint?

Both will work for your house painting project. Spray is the fastest and better for exterior walls, where accuracy isn’t as big of a deal—and may save on labor costs. If you decide to go with a sprayer indoors, make sure your house painter does the required preparation to contain any messes along the way. Rollers are good for interior walls, where you need more attention to detail and have more trim work. Some house painters prefer spraying a primer coat and following up with rolling for a more finished look.

4. What type of paint should be used?

Water-based, latex paint dries faster (1-6 hours) than oil-based paint and it won’t blister, crack, or mildew. The flat finish of latex paint is also forgiving of any surface imperfections and cleans up with soap and water. Oil-based paints take more time to dry (8-24 hours), but the finish is glossier and smoother than latex paint. Oil-based paint requires a solvent (paint thinner) to clean up. It’s best to ask your Pro what they recommend and prefer to use your home’s location and building materials.

5. Does the brand matter?

Most house painters use either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint. There is a long debate on which company has the best product, which we won’t get into here, but both are high quality and used widely by the top-rated house painters on Fresh Chalk. You can ask your house painter if they have a contractor discount (usually around 30%) with a specific brand, which can save you a few bucks. If your heart is set on a specific color, most paint stores will match colors from other brands so don’t let that stop you from getting that contractor discount.