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Paint Stained Wood

Find the average cost to paint stained wood yourself compared with the labor and material cost of hiring a painter. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. A calculator helps you know how much paint you need.  
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National Average Cost
Paint Stained Wood


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 9
  • 20


  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $672
  • $120

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Today’s Tip: Low vs. high price molding advice

There are different qualities of wooden molding - the least expensive is often finger-jointed, which means it's a composite of short pieces of wood, a good choice if you plan to paint it. But get a quality-grade wood if you plan to finish the molding with a stain because the grain of the wood will show through.

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