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Interior Painter in Sunny Isles painting Foyer on ladder
Interior painting in Mclean - we got you covered!
Interior painting in Severna Park living room with lots of molding
Detailed work such as this interior painting job in is right in our wheel house!

Klappenberger & Son has been providing interior painting in Mclean for over 30 years!   We have painted for Generals, Chief Justices, Pentagon, Smithsonian, and even the White House.  

In addition to painting for these interesting people and places, we have also painted over 20,000 homes for normal people like me and you.  So, whether you are looking to have the entire interior of your home painted, a single room, or the kitchen cabinets, we would be honored to take that off your to-do list.  

We Know We Are Not Famous

Suppose you are new to Klappenberger & Son; then welcome!   I am sure that you will be collecting a few estimates from other painting contractors. But how do you find the separate the professional painting contractors from the amateurs?

Check The Reviews

Absolutely!  Take a look at the reviews before you start calling,  but on average, only three of the five people you call will answer the phone.  Furthermore,  only one or two of those will likely give you a proposal.  And the prices will be all over the map.

Why?   Many reasons.  Here are the most common:  

Why The Price Is Interior Painting Price So Low?

  1. Unskilled at estimating
  2. They are unlicensed, insured, and are moonlighting.
  3. They just want collect a deposit.
  4. The price will increase after they get started.

Why The Price Is The Interior Painting Price  So High?

  1. The contractor does not need the work and is unethical.
  2. They don’t know how to estimate.
Exterior and interior painting contractor Jon Knowles with Klappenberger & Son
We have a price guide that is based on decades of tracking jobs and documenting the time.

Our Pricing

  As an interior painting contractor in Northern VA for over 30 years, we have cataloged the time and costs for jobs we have done.  Our pricing system is based on square foot pricing, not wild guesses.

What Makes Us A Different Interior Painting Company In Mclean? 

We apply samples of the colors on the walls to make sure everything is right.  Before opening up a can of paint, we protect the floors and contents. 

Also, we will discuss, if we are going to be working in your home for more than a day, where would you like us to leave our tools and drop cloths?  Or would you prefer we take everything with us at the end of the day? 

Interior painting in reston starts with protecting the floors
Covering doesn't take long so fewer things can go wrong.

We are different. 

We answer the phone, and we show up promptly for the estimate.

In addition, we promise that in most cases, we can have an estimate in your hands in 24-48 hours.

Interior Painting in Reston starts with protecting contents
If you can't move the belongings, plastic covers the paint when falling.

Do You Like Painting Warranties?

Of course, you do.  Peace of mind is a good thing.  We offer interior and exterior painting warranties for almost everything we do.   

  • Kitchen cabinets come with a 5-year warranty.
  • Painting over wallpaper comes with a 10-year warranty. 
  • Interior painting comes with a 10-year warranty. 
  • Exterior painting comes with a 5 or 7-year Warranty
  • All warranties cover chipping, blistering, peeling, and any adhesion problem.  Includes all labor and materials when two coats of premium paint are applied.
Klappenberger & So ten years Warranty

Interior Painting In Mclean: The Difference Is In The Details

There is more to being a premier interior painting contractor in Mclean than painting straight lines.  Our process starts when we arrive at your home -promptly.   

From the moment we arrive, we listen and then advise the best path to take for your specific interior painting project, Mclean.

How long will you be living here?  Is washability important?  Do you need our assistance with colors? 

To best serve you for your interior painting project -we need to listen.

Communication Is Everything

On all of our jobs, the estimator, likely the owner, will also be the project manager on the job.  Having the same person who gave you the estimate and understood the nuances of the job leads to delays, mistakes, and frustration. 

Interior painting in Reston owner Jon Knowles of Klappenberger & Son
All of our interior painting jobs in Mclean have clearly written details for both e the customer and the head painter.
Interior painting in Frederick shows man sanding with vacuum attachment
Avoiding problems like excessive spackle dust can be avoided by using a vacuum attachment.

Interior Painting In Mclean:  The Prep Work

Prep work is vitally important to have a beautiful interior paint job, and spackling is part of the process.  Unfortunately, when sanding the spackle, if it is done without a vacuum attachment, the spackle dust carries. 

It is astonishing how few interior painting contractors do not sand spackle areas with vacuum attachments.  Spackle dust is very light and can carry all through a house and even makes its way into closets.

We avoid this problem by sanding with vacuum attachments on our sanders, and it collects 95% of the dust before it has a chance to land where no one wants it. 

Out interior painting best practices not only include using a vacuum attachment when sanding but also using the most flexible spackles, so those cracks don’t come back.

Choosing The Right Paint



Picking the right paint for your project can be tricky.  However, we have an advantage over other interior painting companies.  We have taken the time to test over 40 different interior paints!  

We test and compare the following:

  • coverage
  • workability
  • washability
  • durability
  • self-priming
  • ability to touch-up

Interior Painting: Choosing The Right Color

For about 6 years or so we were stuck in the light gray spectrum for the most popular interior painting colors.  Fortunately, we are stretching our pelletes

trending colors form SW
Urbane Bronze SW7048 by Sherwin Williams
Aegean Teal 2136-40.
Aegean Teal 2136-40. by Ben Moore
Transcend PPG1079-4 by PPG Paints

Tips For Picking The Right Colors For Interior Painting

Color adds interest to a room.  But the color doesn’t have to come from the paint. 

The picture on the right has its walls painted with neutral color from PPG Transcend.  There needs to be a splash of color added, and the throw pillows provide the beautifully.  In contrast,  If we were to take the throw pillows from the sofa in the left picture and replace them with the one on the right, the room would look dull.