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We need recommendations for followings:
Plumber, to install sink faucet, garbage disposal and dishwasher.
Electrician, to install our electric cooktop.
Painter, to paint kitchen cabinets, walls and baseboards.
Please email me your recommendations if you are a homeowner
who has worked with any of above or a contractor with any of
We completely renovated our home last year and can recommend
the following contractors:
Painters: Miguel Mendoza:
510-809-6268 (interior walls, trim, doors) Roberto
Dominguez: 510-978-8699 (interior walls, trim, doors,
Painter for a quality job on old house
We need a good house painter who will do quality job for the
older house in Berkeley.
Any suggestions ??
Dan Prine, 510-860-9166, painted our house, and we were
delighted with his work! Our house hadn't been painted in 30
years, so it needed a lot of prep, and he was very thorough.
Now the house looks great, and we've gotten lots of
compliments. He was easy to work with, reliable, on time,
and also cheerful, kind, and nice. Then, recently, we hired
him to paint our brand new Little Free Library in colors
matching our house (maybe you've even seen it here on Curtis
Street?). He did a terrific job and took joy in helping us
fulfill a dream. The two houses--our regular one and the
Little Free Library in front--look great together. I think
you would enjoy working with him. toni
I simply can't say enough about Arana Painting! They are
conscientious, thorough, honest, CLEAN! Great quality work
and simply said: great people to work with!
Contact Catherine at 510-567-9559
Call Gateview Painting Co, Inc.
620-0164, 301-6061 (510)
He does residential, commercial and industrial,
has a great reputation and really stands by his work.
I am an interior designer in Oakland and frequently refer
Arana Residential and Commercial Painting to many of my
clients and have seen first hand the quality and skill they
consistently deliver. They specialize in restoring older
homes and have very high integrity which I feel is an
important quality when dealing with my discerning clients.
They are a family run business which another big plus from
my perspective. Arc-painting.com Laura
Try Arkenstone Painting. They did a great job on our house,
including recommending colors. The owner is Kushi Gavrieli,
(510) 872-9872. Anonymous
Last year I hired Arata Residential and Commercial Painting
and they were fantastic. I am in the residential real
estate business as a mortgage banker and come across many
vendors. Their price was reasonable and their quality of
workmanship was excellent. They did beautiful window repair
work as well. My home is a 4000 square foot 90 year old
traditional home and it looks gorgeous thanks to ARC
Painting. More than that, the entire crew was respectful,
clean, and right on time. I hired them to also paint a
newly remodeled bathroom and outdoor kitchen. I will only
use them going forward. email@example.com is their
email. Dianne C
For house painting, I highly recommend Arana Residential and
Commercial painting. ARC Painting is one of our 'go-to'
painters, who always does a great job. Excellent quality,
pleasant to work with, highly recommended. Michael
Reply to 'JH' requesting recommendations for a house
painter. We would like to recommend Antonio Medrano. His
number for calls or texting is 510 776 7233. His e-mail
address is firstname.lastname@example.org We have relied on Antonio
for many years to do all of our internal and external home
repair and maintenance. Most recently, Antonio prepped and
painted the inside of our home in Kensington, and repaired
and painted the moulding on our house's windows, removing
soft wood and then patching and painting. Everything that
Antonio has ever done for our home has been of the highest
quality and attention. In addition to the painting that he
has done for us, he has done flooring, fencing, deck repair
and construction, stonework, tilework, and garden work. We
have been Kensington residents since the 1970s and have
known Antonio for many years. He is thoughtful, sincere,
polite, an excellent hard worker and a person of impeccable
integrity. We recommend him without any reservation
I recently had the exterior of my craftsman bungalow painted
by Royal Painting, and they did a fantastic job! They did an
excellent job with the prep, were on time, hard-working,
pleasant to work with, and did an all-around meticulous job.
And the price was very reasonable. 510-540-6578.
They are associated with a color consultant who I also
recommend most highly: Victor Cohen- Stuart; his number is
510-654-2965. I have worked with Victor several times on
interior and exterior paint color selection, and I think his
advice has saved me a great deal of frustration and expense
had I attempted to select colors on my own. Money well
spent! I could not be happier with the result.
I highly recommend Mike Kotwinski. I found his name from a
previous post at the BPN. He replied my call very promptly
and scheduled the job within 2 weeks, I got my pair of very
old and deteriorated front doors patched smoothly and
repainted. I called many different painters and they all
found the job too small to bother. It turned out Mike was an
experienced painter and he just painted the whole house for
a neighbor in Piedmont. He tried to fit me in when there was
an opening in his schedules. He is nice and helpful and a
pleasure to work with. Contact him at: 925 890 0361 and
email email@example.com Hingman
My recommendation for a very talented and caring painter is
Jackie. I have hired her for many projects (both interior
and exterior) over the past 20 plus years and have always
been pleased with her work. She is the kind of person to
whom one can give instructions and have no worry that they
will not be carried out. If she has questions or
suggestions, she does not hesitate to ask as she is very
good at communicating as well as being reliable. In
addition, her prices are very reasonable. Her number is:
I recommend Dan Prine. He is honest, reliable, and does
great work. I have used him for both interior and exterior
projects on my 100 year old Victorian. He does amazing prep,
and keeps a very very clean job site (your home). And he has
very reasonable pricing for the quality of work he does. If
you want it to look nice, call him 510-860-9166
- old home owner
I've recommended them before but I'll chime in again since
I have a 100-year-old classic craftsman in Berkeley that
has been very well taken care of by the skilled painters who work
for Hans Stahlschmidt firstname.lastname@example.org. His website
is www.stahlschmidt-painting.com. Hans is a licensed
contractor who provides benefits and WC for his long-time
employees. He uses quality paints and is lead-certified.
He has painted the exterior and interior of my house and he
also will send someone over for small touch-up jobs.
He is prompt and responsive. He also does a beautiful job refinishing
wood panels and trim. Hans is top notch. Ginger
I can very highly recommend Brother Perry, of Brother Perry
Yard and Home. He has done an excellent job painting the
exterior and interior of our home- with a lot of trim and
precision work that had to be done. He was able to give us
a couple of quotes for using 2 or 3 color and make some
recommendations about how to do affordable repairs of
existing wall/siding of our home.
We found that he also does excellent yard and other home
maintenance work and had him build a retaining wall, work on
our driveway, and build a small storage shed for us as well
as attend to a lot of miscellaneous jobs around the house.
He communicates promptly via email and text, is easily
reached by phone and will work on a schedule that meets your
Super job! He has a website www.brotherperry.com where he
can be contacted via email as well. Satisfied!
I highly recommend Juan Rodriguez Painting. Juan is a great
all around painter for both small and large jobs. He's
trustworthy, dependable, easy to work with, super friendly,
and does an excellent job. AND his prices are very
reasonable. His number: 510-593-9331.
If you are looking for a great house painter call Juan
Rodriguez 510-593-9331. He has worked for us on a number of
occasions and we have always been thrilled with his work. He
offers full service from a professional consultation to
picking up supplies and paint for you and all of the
necessary prep to make the application flawless and protect
the rest of your house. Juan is excellent and very
reasonably priced. You will not find a more courteous
person to work with. I've recommended him on BPN before
because he is just that good. Call Juan 510-593-9331.
I have had the best luck with Juan Rodriguez. I have used
different painting contractors over 25 years to maintain my
Rockridge craftsman house, but for the past ten years I have
found Juan to be far and above the most ethical and
responsive to my needs and the needs of my house. Juan
will do whatever it takes to do the right thing. Call him
at 510 593-9331 Andy
Need indoor painters in Walnut Creek area
Any recommendations for indoor house painters in Walnut
Creek area? We also need the light wood frame around our
windows stained a darker color. Wouldn't mind doing the
doors too if it was reasonable price. Any recommendations
on how to do this or someone who does this?
Thanks in advance!
house in need of a makeover
This responds to the posting requesting recommendations for
indoor house painters in Walnut Creek area. We would like to
recommend Antonio Medrano. We have lived in Kensington for
40 years and have known Antonio for many of those years and
he does all of our home maintenance for us, including all
Most recently, Antonio prepped and painted the inside of our
home and repaired and painted the moulding on our house's
windows, removing soft wood and then patching and painting.
Everything that Antonio has done for our home has been of
the highest quality and attention. In addition to painting
that he has done for us, he has done flooring, fencing, deck
repair and construction, stonework, tilework, and garden
work. He is thoughtful, sincere, polite, an excellent hard
worker and a person of impeccable integrity.
We recommend him without any reservation whatsoever. His
number for calls or texting is 510 776 7233. His e-mail
address is email@example.com Please feel free to
contact us for any questions. jb
Dan Prine is a terrific painter I have used for many
projects inside and out. I think he is located in the
Berkeley/Oakland area, but I know he also does work in San
Francisco and Orinda, so I am sure he would travel to
Walnut Creek, especially since that would be a reverse
commute. He is very knowledgeable, does excellent work at a
reasonable price, and is conscientious about keeping his
work site, your home, clean. I highly recommend him. He can
be reached at (510) 860- 9166
- happy with my painter
For your interior (as well as exterior) painting needs I can
highly recommend Jackie and her crew. I have hired her on
many projects over the years and have always been pleased
with her work. She has painted several rental properties as
well as our house (inside and out) over the past 20+ years.
She used to work at a well-known paint store for a long time
matching colors for other professional painters and she can
do faux painting as well. Her eye for color is very good if
you want suggestions. I can assure you is honest, reliable,
reasonable in pricing and very skilled and you will be glad
if you hire her. Many of the members of BPN have worked
with her and recommended her as well. Her number
is 510-910-2953. Roger
We once again used Mike Pierce Painting and were even more
knocked out by his crew, his service and his pricing. Our
experience several years ago was terrific as well, and this
one was even better. Great guys, easy to deal with, clean
up immaculate...pricing very fair. He can be reached at
(925) 200- 2470 and is in Walnut Creek. Julie
Reliable painter for Lafayette house
We are looking for a good reliable reasonable house painter
to paint the outside of our house. We live in Lafayette so
I guess East Bay referrals are preferable. Thanks for your
Get a quote from GreenPlum design in Kensington
510-356-8582. We had the exterior of our house painted in
July and they did a fantastic job. I had gotten several
quotes and GreenPlum's was very competitive. Ros Wyatt, the
owner, was so lovely and great to work with. She helped me
choose colors and come up with affordable repair solutions
throughout the project. With young children, I was very
concerned about the flaking lead paint on the exterior of my
house. The crew was meticulous and took great care in
taking all the necessary measures to keep everything safe.
Careful attention was paid to all of the details. I look
forward to working with Ros in the future.
ARC painting, Ernesto and his crew painted our house about 5
years ago, and we are very happy with their work. Top notch
preparation on our nearly 100-year old redwood sided house
that had tons of peeling paint to work on. Timely, clean,
reasonable price. We got several bids, including some much
lower (you get what you pay for) and one much higher, ARC
came in about middle-, middle-high range, but provided top
We had our house painted this summer by Platypus Painting
(www.platypuspainting.com), and they were reasonably priced,
courteous and thorough. Great attention to detail and
We had our house painted by Sorin Feraru's crew. Very
efficient, reliable and reasonably priced. They took care of
the inside and outside of the house. The end result was
absolutely amazing. We really love our newly painted house.
Sorin did different other projects for us in the past and
we've always been very happy with the work and the process.
We've already recommended him to all our neighbors and now
to you. You can reach Sorin at 510-228-7366
Clean & conscientious painter for Oakland home
I recently moved to Oakland, and need to find a good
painter. Right now I need interior work done, but in the
future I will want the exterior done also. I am looking for
someone that is clean and conscientious of my home, and goes
the distance with the prep work. I would like someone with
reasonable rates, but I want quality work done, so I am
willing to pay a little more. I know from past experiences,
that it is well worth it to pay someone to do it right the
- New home owner
I would like to recommend John Wichman. He painted our
nursery last month and turned a pretty sad looking little
room into beautiful, smooth walls. He's a perfectionist and
a really nice guy. 831-224-7505 Amanda
We really like Petros Firas at Athens Painting. (510)
637-8973. www.athenspaintingco.com. Petros is very detail
oriented and absolutely wants you to be happy with the job.
We would use him again and would recommend him readily.
I highly recommend Dan Prine. He has done extensive work on
my old Victorian, and has done wonders for it. It is old (it
is a Victorian after all) that had been a foreclosure, so
was very neglected. Inside, there were places where it
looked like someone literally threw paint on the walls and
let it dry in huge drips. It took a lot of work sanding down
and re-texturizing those areas to match the rest of the
room. As well as having great attention to details, and prep
work, I was always amazed at his ability to contain the dust
etc. from the rest of the house, and how clean he kept
everything. We also had him paint the exterior, and he again
impressed us with the work, and cleanliness of the site
during the work. He can be reached at 510-860-9166
- Victorian owner
Ernesto at Arana Residential and Commercial Painting did our
interior. His team was thorough in prep, careful in moving
furniture and wrapping, and perfect on the painting itself.
We highly recommend him. His bid was a little higher than
others but worth the extra money. (510) 567-9559.
www.arc-painting.com. He's been recommended frequently on
BPN, and for good reason. Don T.
Joe Carlig CarligHome@comcast.net painted the entire
interior of our house last fall. He has great attention to
detail and I really like the guys who work for him. He even
came in on the weekend to make it happen so that we could
then get our floors finished!
We recently had interior painting done by Phil's Painting.
Phil and his crew did a great job with complicated work
(including wallpaper removal and extensive plaster repair).
He is very personable and easy to communicate with. All in
all, I was very satisfied with the job and intend to have
him do some exterior painting as well. His phone is 510-317-
1844. See his website at www.philspaintingco.com Lucy B.
If your house was built before 1978 you'll want to make sure
the painter is lead certified and cares enough to use
lead-safe work practices, otherwise you'll end up with lots
of toxic lead dust all over your house - not good especially
if you have kids and/or pets. It's really not that hard for
them to take some basic measures to contain the paint chips
and dust. The Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention
Program offers free in-home consultations and on their
website they also have a list of local lead certified
contractors and a guide to hiring them - what questions to
ask, etc. It's now required that painters and contractors be
lead certified and use lead-safe work practices but there
are still many of them out there that don't. I'd highly
recommend checking out the lead program resources at
www.aclppp.org or call their information line at
I've been stalking local painters for the past 2 years,
after a bad experience 6 years ago. Asking people, checking
out painting jobs in the neighborhood, etc. I'm quite
impressed with Charmed Painting. Their customers tell me
that they're responsive and responsible, put plenty of time
into prep, have great color recommendations if you want
them, and have competent, reliable, respectful work crews.
More than one customer told me that Charmed Painting made
the whole process easier than they expected. Their prices
seem very reasonable. Based on the feedback, I'm actually
looking forward to getting the house painted as soon as I
can justify it! Anne
My recommendation for a very good painter is Jackie Stoltz.
I have known and hired her for over twenty years for all my
painting projects both interior and exterior. She is
well-versed in all areas of the painting profession and does
a terrific job with both the preparation work and the finish
coats. She wants her clients to be completely satisfied with
all her work and will not consider a job complete until they
are. I like the fact that she is honest, reliable, friendly,
on time and commits to only one job at a time so she gives
100% attention to the task at hand. Her fees are very
reasonable and I do not have to supervise her as she carries
out my requests with care. Many clients of hers are BPN
members. Her number is: 510-910-2953. Roger
Petros Firas of Athens Painting Company comes to mind when I
read your request. I recently had him paint the exterior of
my former home in Oakland, and I was really impressed with
his preparation of the surfaces prior to applying the paint.
His bid was not the least expensive of the ones we received,
but I chose him for the job because, like you, I was looking
for quality work. Petros included a level of detail in his
estimate for painting the house that was missing from the
other bids I received, and he was available to answer my
questions by telephone or email whenever I contacted him.
During the actual painting process, he kept me up-to-date on
the progress of the job (necessary since we were no longer
living on-site) and would regularly email me photos of the
house while the work progressed. He even came back and
painted the front door three times because he wanted the
paint to dry properly! Because the work took place during
the winter months, he was particularly cognizant of the
weather and its effect on the drying paint. In the end, I
wished we were staying in our house because the end product
was so spectacular. Petros is licensed and insured, and he
can be reached at (510) 637-8973, or at
I highly recommend Marco Florian, he is a great painter. He
has done numerous interior as well as exterior painting jobs
in our home and properties. He is very careful with the prep
job as well as the painting. He can work on weekends or
evenings if needed; Marco always goes the extra mile to make
sure his customers are happy and his rates are very
reasonable. He is reliable, polite, creative, good nature
man. You can reach Marco directly at 510-301-5629 Ana
Highly recommend Ken White:
Lives in Napa but paints everything, everywhere. Definitely
worth a bid, been doing it forever and came in lowest for us
because of it. KL
Hi new home owner, I recommend you use Phil's painting
510-317-1844 We have used Phil's painting for several jobs.
First we hired Phil to paint the inside of our home. We
wanted different colors it needed lots of trim work. From
the very beginning to the end of the job Phil was great. We
trust Phil and his stable crew immediately, So much so that
we left for an unscheduled vacation while he was painting
the interior of our home and gave him a key. The interior
paint job was so fantastic and Phil attention to detail so
great that we hired him later to paint the outside of our
home. Phil did an impeccable job. On time and on budget.
The work was fantastic as usual and he and his crew made our
whole family including our two small children feel
comfortable. The bottom line is that if you're looking for a
detail oriented, hard-working, trustful, dedicated on time
reasonably priced painter, then Phil's Painting is a great
I encourage you to check the state contractors licensing
board web site when you hire a house painter, including
checking that they carry workers comp insurance for their
workers. You don't want to be responsible if a worker falls
off a ladder! Unfortunately, many (including some highly
recommended on BPN) try to save money by claiming they have
no employees, yet they definitely arrive with a crew!
My Family and I can Happily and unreservedly recommend
Phil's Painting! 510- 317-1844 about 13 years ago they
painted the interior of our 100-year-old Berkeley brown
shingle craftsman. They did such a nice job that, this year,
following a major renovation, we had them paint the
exterior(stuco)and interior of the nearly 100 year old
Piedmont Prairie style craftsman into which we recently
moved. Both times, Phil Lawhun, the owner, carefully planned
out the work, personaly supervised a small team of painters
on-site, did quite a bit of the painting himself, and
checked in with us daily to make sure that he addresses any
concerens that we had (we didnt, but we liked consulting
with Phil about colors, styles, and paints, he's just so
knowledgeable and experienced!) Phil is great at
communicating and goes out of his way to anticipate
concerns. He was therefore able to manage our projects so
smoothly that they finished exactly within the estimated
time frame-even when unexpected things came up! For example,
When we asked him to re-paint a room because we didn't end
up liking the way the color looked, Phil cheerfully re-
painted the room and didn't charge us extra--even thought it
was our mistake! Another time, Phil pointed out a problem
with the new stuco texture on the house. When the stucco
contractor was delayed in coming back to the house to fix
the problem, Phil took care of it himself. Again, this was
done with a minimum of fuss and at no additional cost to
us-and the stucco and paint look terrific! Phil and his
team are trustworthy (we gave Phil keys to our house each
time they worked for us, and he and his crew treated us and
our house with respect and courtesy), Reliable (they showed
up everyday with out fail before 8:00 am) thorough (before
painting, they carefully cleaned, patched and sanded--we
have substantial crown molding in nearly every room in our
house), and just nice to have around. even our neighbors
commented on how considerate he and his crew were, and also
noted admiringly that they were painting the stucco the
'right' way-- by using a roller instead of spraying the
paint on. Last but not least, Phils bids were very
reasonable and fair--especially for such high quality work!
you cant go wrong hiring Phil's Painting: 510-317-1844
Piedmont home owners
I Need a Painting Contractor
Can anyone recommend a good, dependable painting contractor
who is licensed and understands the importance of properly
prepping before painting a house? I need someone who is
good with both interior and exterior. Thank you.
I highly recommend Fitzgerald and Friedman Painting. The
job they did was one of the best experiences I have had with
contractors with regards to value, professionalism and
attention to detail. House looks amazing!! They did both
interior and exterior. John Fitzgerald is easy to work
with, attentive and makes sure the job is complete on time.
Hope this helps!! Information:
Fitzgerald & Friedman Painting
3143 Reed Way
We can highly recommend Ernesto Arana and Catherine Baldi at
Arana Residential and Commercial Painting. They did our
interior in December, and their crew was superb: careful and
thorough prep, minor repairs to a rotting window, and extra
care in shrink-wrapping and protecting our furniture. (510)
567- 9559. www.arc-painting.com. Don T
Contact Catherine at Arana Residential & Commercial Painting
-- 510-567-9559 They are good people: dependable and
thorough, plus they do beautiful work. Angie M.
We had our house painted last August and we hired Bob
Antonelli (415-724-4301) -- and we are SOOO GLAD we did!!
From the minute he first walked in I was impressed, and as a
major perfectionist I am not easy to please. First of all,
Bob took about an hour and 15 minutes to inspect the house
VERY carefully, jiggle every windowsill and downspout, and
gave me a very detailed idea of what needed to be done. Our
house is 90+ year old and had been badly run down by the
last owner. Just slapping some paint on wasn't going to do
the trick, it needed lots of caulking, filling holes,
nailing wood pieces back -- a job only for someone who
really cares about what they are doing. Bob's crew is
incredibly professional and courteous. They are incredibly
knowledgeable, friendly, punctual, and never turned down one
of my requests. I love the fact that they rolled out the
paint instead of spraying it -- Bob explained that this way
the coverage is MUCH better as the paint gets in every nook
and cranny, resulting in a paint job that lasts much longer.
And lastly, they were NEAT! They cleaned up at the end of
every day, and when they left the place looked like no-one
had been there in the first place! I hired a window washer
the week after the painters had finished and they wouldn't
believe me that the house had just been painted -- they said
they had never seen a house that had been left by a painter
that clean!! Call Bob
I highly recommend Arana Residential Painting. This company
does a great job on interiors and exteriors. I have seen
their work on many, many occasions, and I have been
consistently impressed not only with their level of
preparation but also with the quality of their painting.
Arana Painting is a local, family owned business, and they
have terrific customer service as well. Arana Painting
510-567-9559 www.arc-painting.com/ Lisette B
I just had my house painted by Petros Firas of Athens
Painting Co. (Athens Painting Co. 510.637.8973
www.athenspaintingco.com) My house is c. 1906 and hadnâ€™t
been painted for years so the prep work was enormous.
Petros repaired every crack, every little hole, re-glazed
old windows, shaved, sanded, liberally caulked everything
including my old front steps - just completely renewed the
house. This is so much more than what other painters said
they would do. Petros was reliable, stayed in touch,
answered questions, was helpful with and tolerant of the
changes I went through with colors, checked in on site every
day to work with his skilled workers. You know, I really
canâ€™t say enough. If you want a great prep job which is
really the meat of painting the exterior of the house,
Petros is the guy. And not only that, but heâ€™s cheerful.
You get what you pay for. Lauren
My neighbors use Luis Gonzales for all their painting. He is
*meticulous* in his prep work and painting, both interior
and exterior. He does very high quality work. Reach him at
510-230-3722 and see if he meets your needs. We'll be using
him when we need painting for sure! Upper Rockridge
If you need a great painting contractor, I highly recommend
Arana Painting. They are a small painting company, husband
and wife owned, based in San Leandro and they are known for
their attention to detail, honesty and really doing a great
job at painting and preparing. The most important point is
that they take their time to do proper preparation which
makes the paint last longer and prevents leaks! They are
also great at picking out colors. Arana Painting (510)
567-9559 http://www.arc-painting.com Sharon
I am VERY happy with Vastago Painting! The owner, Crespo,
is very professional and was very helpful in the entire
process (picking colors, describing all work that needed to
be done [ie. prep work], providing an easy to understand
bid, etc). The entire crew was professional, friendly and
clean. They were careful in my home and I am so pleased
with the painting! The best review I can give is that we
are looking forward to working with them again on a future
project in another area of the house. Call Vastago, you
won't be disappointed!. 925-382-3434. Michelle
Feraru and Associates painted our house, interior and
exterior and we are very happy with the result. The crew
took great care in prepping the job site and cleaning after
they were done. Amazing work at a reasonable price. Call
Sorin (the owner) at 510-228-7366 or email him at
It's very important especially if you have children that you
use a painter who knows how to work in a lead- safe way if
your home was built before 1978. Prep work is important and
can create high levels of lead dust if not done correctly.
The law now requires painters to be lead certified and
contain the paint chips but many painters are still not
doing that and are creating lead hazards that remain in your
soil for years to come. There ARE ways to do painting jobs
safely. Call or go online to the Alameda County Lead
Poisoning Prevention Program. They offer free on-site
consultations and a list of local lead-certified
contractors: 510-567-8280 or www.aclppp.org Julie
Best painter ever is Jacob Watson. He works for G F Watson
Construction and Painting. Whoever you go with, be sure
they are licensed and insured! Check feedback online.
Dolan Construction recommended Watson to me, and I use this
company for everything. THANK YOU DOLANS! marilyn
Highly recommend Ken White, who painted my house inside and
out. Honest, affordable, and very experienced. Great guy.
Really good with color choice too if you're waffling:
Lives in Napa but paints all around the East Bay, SF and
Marin. happy & painted!
Seeking a good Painter for Oakland Area
Have a very old house for which I am seeking interior and
exterior painting and am looking for a painter who is good,
reliable and fairly priced.The house is stucco on the
exterior and has lots of interior wood that needs
preparation prior to painting. Also need some stucco wall
repair prior to painting. Thanks for your recommendation!
My suggestion is to call Jackie at 510-910-2953 for your
projects. We have used her for our interior and exterior
painting needs over the last 20 plus years. She is a true
profeesional who knows her trade very well and has a good
eye for color and details. She is honest, reliable and
reasonable in her prices. One cannot go wrong by hiring her.
The Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program just
posted a list of local lead-certified painters and
contractors on their website along with guidance as to how
to interview them and monitor their work. It's really
important if you have an old house to make sure the
contractor knows how to work lead-safe and will actually use
lead-safe work practices so they don't get lead paint chips
all over your property or in your home. They also offer a
free in-home consultation which helps if you're planning a
painting or remodeling project and/or have kids. It's really
a great program. For more info go to www.aclppp.org or call
their public info line at 510-567-8280. Julie
Based on a positive Berkeley Parents Network recommendation,
I phoned George Takash, an East Bay painter, for some indoor
work. Bad idea! When Mr. Takash learned I had gotten his
number from BPN, he became agitated: He said BPN'ers are
'bad people,' he would never work for anyone associated with
BPN, he had too many bad experiences, he wanted no part of
my job because of BPN...until I hung up. He sounded quite
hostile -- perhaps he's been driven mad by his customers?
Anyway, I wouldn't bother calling. prospective customer
Interior house painter needed Walnut Creek
With any luck I will be buying a condo or townhouse in
Walnut Creek sometime in the first quarter or first half of
2013. I wanted to get recommendations ahead of time for an
interior house painter. It is important to me that the
painter be licensed, bonded, insured. It's a bonus if the
painter has some design sense and may be able to also
provide some recommendations for shades of color and the
like. I do not want an all-white interior. Thanks!
I had good luck with Color folio. Maybe pricey but high
east bay homeowner
I would recommend J.B. from JB Construction. I have used
them for many years for my clients.My clients are all happy
with him as well as I am. He is reasonable in price and
does a great job. His contacts are 510-735-4052 or you may
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Maksuda
If you need an interior painter, I would recommend Mike
Kotwinski (925-890-0361). I have an old house (built in
1926) with a newer addition (1957). OK. Maybe you wouldn't
consider 1957 to be newer...that might be a subject for
another posting. Mike has painted both the old lath and
plaster rooms as well as the rooms with drywall. I can't
tell you how pleased I have been with his work. He is
meticulous in his preparation, which, as I'm sure you know,
is key to any painting project, and very careful in all the
finishing work. I look around my house, at the rooms Mike
painted, and just smile. Give him a call. He really is a
great painter. His email is email@example.com.
Painter 2 complete stripping of Dining Room ASAP
I started the tedious process of stripping the board and
batten walls in my craftsman dining room over 2 years ago.
I've done much of the work, but ended up being a big quitter
and it's yet to be completed. I'm expecting family for
Christmas and would love to use the dining room as it's
meant to be used for eating. Any reccommendations for
painters that can complete this job for me as quickly and
affordably as possible? Thanks! Tina
We recently had some painting done and used a painter
recommended on Berkeley Parents Network. The painting job
was not great because we had to have him come back a number
of times, so I will not recommend him. I checked the
licenses of many of the painters recommended on Berkeley
Parents and only one had workers compensation insurance.
The one who did was three times in price of the other ones
and he had the best reviews. Be aware that many of the
contractors on Berkeley Parents have people post positive
reviews for them, so the recommendations for house repairs
are not always that accurate. Get the names of their last 3
jobs and a job they did several years ago and check out the
references and other sources like friends and houses in your
neighborhood that recently had work done. Yelp reviews are
not that accurate either because they charge companies to
list them first in a category and also charge them to manage
their reviews such as move negative reviews to the bottom.
Hi, I used a painter I got off the BPN Phil the painter of
Phil's Painting 510-317-1844 I needed some interior paint
work done in a hurry for guests arriving last spring. Phil
came to give us an estimate with in a few days of calling
him. His bid was the lowest of the 3 bids we received. He
was very professional, honest and generally a nice man. He
was very persisted with his bid and time frame of how long
it would take to complete the work. He removed several
layers of wall paper and stripped the wood around the fire
place back to original. After he completed the interior work
for us we hired him again to do the exterior of our ranch
style home. Again he stayed on task, on time and on budget.
He worked around my crazy schedule and a house of kids and
animals. I can't recommend him enough. Also he is a
licensed contractor. Good luck ps
Check out Arana Residential and Commercial Painting. My
friend, Catherine Baldi, runs a great company. I am a
general contractor and have had them do many jobs
successfully for us, including our own home. Highly
recommended. ARC Painting - Catherine Baldi
firstname.lastname@example.org Michael M.
Top-notch house painter for both interior and exterior
Can anyone recommend a top-notch housepainter who can do
both interior and exterior and who is meticulous in keeping
things clean and tidy. Thanks. Ron
I can recommend Arana Residential & Commercial Painting
(www.arc-painting.com). They have hired me as a photographer
to document before and after shots of their work on several
occasions. I have seen houses with crap paint jobs and
severe damage get transformed. Their attention to detail is
amazing, and they are kind and good people. When my cousin
needed a painter, I sent her to them, and she has been very
happy. Alex Schoenfeldt email@example.com
Call Colin Baird of Platypus Painting 510.508.0736.
Unrivaled professionalism. kyle
I recommend Arana Residential Painting, excellent for both
interior and exterior. They use skilled painters, help in
color selection and are great to work with. They just don't
paint the surface but more importantly make sure the surface
is prepared and they are skilled to do small repairs to the
walls if needed. They are extremely careful about cleaning
and protecting furniture inside. It's great to see
painters who take pride in their work! They will also
advise you on the best time to paint for weather conditions.
Call Catherine at 510-567-9559, and their web site is
Hi there -
I just completed a major addition and renovation and hired
Scott Wojno of Mastercraft Custom Interiors to do the work.
Scott and his partner painted my 2200 square foot home from
top to bottom, inside and out. I cannot recommend him
highly enough. He is very nice, extremely detail oriented,
very good at making recommendations (if you need them), and
will do whatever it takes to get the job done within the
budget and the timeframe. His prices were very competitive
and he was willing to work with us on our cost. And the
final results are stunning!
You can contact Scott at 510-530-8843.
And you can feel free to contact me if you have more
questions about Scott.
Marco Florian is a great painter, I highly recommend him.
He is reliable, honest and his prices are very reasonable.
In addition of been a great painter he can also do numerous
jobs like tile, plumbing, carpentry and much more. He is
creative and goes the extra mile to make sure his customers
are satisfied. He is also willing to work on weekends if
needed. You can contact him directly at 510- 301-5629 Ana
We recently had our house painted and we went with Bob
Antonelli (415-724-4301) -- and we are SOOO GLAD we did!!
From the minute he first walked in I was impressed, and as a
major perfectionist I am not easy to please. While every
other painter took about 10 - 15 minutes to have a quote
ready for me, Bob took about an hour and 15 minutes to
inspect the house VERY carefully, jiggle every windowsill
and downspout, and gave me a very detailed idea of what
needed to be done. Our house is 90+ year old and had been
badly run down by the last owner over the last decade. Just
slapping some paint on wasn't going to do the trick, it
needed lots of caulking, filling holes, nailing wood pieces
back -- a job only for someone who really cares about what
they are doing. Bob's crew is incredibly professional and
courteous. They are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly,
punctual, and never turned down one of my requests. They
were very patient when I was hesitant about my final choice
of color, and even offered to put up the first coat and then
let me choose whether I wanted to lighten or darken the
color a bit. Bob does not work for any specific manufacturer
of paint, so he goes with what is right for the job and not
what makes him the largest profit margin. I love the fact
that they rolled out the paint instead of spraying it -- Bob
explained that this way the coverage is MUCH better as the
paint gets in every nook and cranny, resulting in a paint
job that lasts much longer. And lastly, they were NEAT! They
cleaned up at the end of every day, and when they left the
place looked like no-one had been there in the first place!
I hired a window washer the week after the painters had
finished and they wouldn't believe me that the house had
just been painted -- they said they had never seen a house
that had been left by a painter that clean. We used to have
the ugliest house in the neighborhood, and now people
constantly stop me in the street, at the kids' school, on a
walk to tell me how great the house looks; but most
importantly, me and my family absolutely LOVE it!! Call Bob
We recently had the exterior of our house painted by De
Colores Painting, who are based in Berkeley. They did a
great job prepping the house and cleaned up every evening.
We chose them after getting three estimates; they and
another company gave almost exactly the same estimate and
the third was much, much more. Antonio Chavarria, the
owner, is a pleasant, efficient guy and his workers were
too. They're a very good outfit. happy Albany customer
Alberto Martinez at JAM Construction is GREAT. He was
orginally recommended through Berkeley Parents Network and
I've called him for a number of projects. He's thoughtful,
reliable, works quickly and whenever I've had him come for a
project I've always found more for him to do. He's responds
quickly by email and can send you his cell:
I recommend Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973. The whole
team is VERY neat and professional. Petros Firas, the owner,
was on site everyday to supervise the work and answer any
questions. He even assisted me with a free color
consultation. I love the job they did on my interior and
exterior and Athens Painting Co. is also Lead Certified for
any lead issues. You will be very happy with the results!
I can highly recommend George Takash,he is what you
described Ron, ,he can do both interior and exterior and he
is meticulous in keeping things clean and tidy.He is also an
excellent painter and carpenter and is very
responsible,reliable and honest.
I rent so he hasn't worked for me but has for 3 of my
landlords.I have seen many houses that he has painted and he
does wonderful work.Actually he has just started a painting
job,outside and some inside of a house he did 20 years ago.
At that time he also did 4 other houses on that street after
neighbors saw his work,painting and carpentry
He just put in a screen door and a back door for my landlord
and fixed up some repairs that were not done right by cheap
workers my landlord had hired. He also had build a wonderful
wooden railing and handrails by my back door and installed a
shower insert,painted my bathroom, and put in a bathroom
fan. He has worked for many neighbors ,friends and people I
worked for before,doing painting, tile,fences,
decks,remodeling, adding a room doors and windows , etc. He
is very honest,excellent worker responsible and reliable. He
can give you other references and has been working in the El
Cerrito- Berkeley area for over 30 years. I hesitate a
little recommending him to Berkeley parents network, because
,I'm sorry to say some people who respond are just looking
for the cheapest work, and are getting many people over,just
have him look at the job, run around to price materials,
make bids etc and then they won't even have the courtesy to
even call back.Good employers are as important as good
workers. One person took his exact ideas and gave the job to
someone cheaper. George noticed that when he drove by to see
if the work had been done yet.Please don't call him if you
are not serious or won't treat him right. Anyone who hires
him is lucky to have someone like him with such a good work
ethics and talents. George Takash 510-231-0558 He does work
alone but he does a wonderful job whether it's
painting,carpentry ,tile work,etc.He did just start a house
painting job,so you'd have to arrange a near future date.Any
questions for me,you can email me. George Takash
I can highly recommend Jackie Stoltz for your painting
projects. She has painted many of my apartments over the
years and has always done a terrific job. She recently
painted the exteriors on two houses of a friend of mine and
she was very pleased. Jackie has a good color sense and can
help with color selection if you choose. Her number is
I highly recommend Petros Firas ( 510-637-8973) of Athens
Painting Company. I saw his sign outside a neighbor's house
that was painted beautifully, and after getting several
other bids, went with Athens. He and his crew of 3-4
painted the exterior of our house in Berkeley. He is
professional, skilled, and has great communication skills.
He was able to repair a lot of dry rot on our windows,
making our aging house look new again! His price was higher
than other painters, but we got what we paid for and we're
very happy with his work. www.athenspaintingco.com Kaye
I am happy to recommend Petros Firas of Athens Painting. He
and his team transformed the exterior of our shingle house
from a flaking paint eyesore to a gorgeous home that looks
brand new. Petros is a passionate about his work and takes
great pride in meticulous attention to detail. He spent time
with us reviewing the process as well as all of our options.
They started the project when he said they would, kept us
abreast of decisions that needed to be made along the way,
provided expert guidance, arrived early every work day,
protected all the ground surfaces from debris and paint,
left our house tidy every day, and lastly, completed the job
exactly when he said he would. We could not be happier with
our experience and the results. His website is
http://www.athenspaintingco.com. Please tell him that Hae
sent you. sitting in our beautiful home
Several people recommended Athens painting. I just want
folks to be aware that this business does not carry worker's
comp for its employees. The on-line record on their license
states: 'This license is exempt from having workers
compensation insurance; they certified that they have no
employees at this time'.
Your choice, but be informed.
Reasonable Local Painter for small job (Interior)
i'm looking for a reasonably priced painter who can do a
small job. any suggestions? mike
I have used JB Construction for all my painting jobs at my
property management company. I have used him for seven years
and my clients are happy about his work and have rehired him
number of times. He works with your budget and does a great
job. I am glad to recommend him. His name is Baha from JB
Construction. his email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his
phone number is 510-735-4052 Hope this helps.
I found De Colores House Painter online and gave them a
call. Antonio made an appointment to see our house that
day, and it was clear that he knew his craft. He gave
suggestions and guidance that were exactly what we needed.
We had found a house color that we wanted to replicate, and
he went to that home, met the owners and recreated then
their colors on our house. It is just what we wanted. He
and his crew were incredibly careful, skilled and followed
through on the absolute smallest detail. They painted the
outside of our house with speed, efficiency and care - then
began work inside the home with the same level of detail and
We have ourselves new house painters! Without a doubt, I'll
be calling Antonio and De Colores any and every time we need
to hire a painter. They were fantastic! Martha
Looking for painters, floor guys, plumbers
My husband and I just bought a new house and we need to get
the hardwood floors refinished, have some rooms re-painted,
and do some plumbing work. The house is in North Berkeley.
Looking for recommendations for each of these 3 areas.
Thank you!! Caitlin
For Painting I strongly recommend Josue Lands of JB
Painting. Josue is a super nice guy, really easy to work
with and gave us great advice about colors. 510-282-1431 We
used Big Blue plumbing for our house in Oakland. Jose and
Jack were great, hard working and good fun, clearly very
proud of their work. 510-540-6060 Barry
House painter- Phil of Phil's Painting 510 317.1844. Does
quality work, reasonable pricing, honest, and through.
Contractor to paint kitchen *and* reface cabinets
Can any of you recommend a contractor who works in the East
Bay who can both paint walls, refinish wood trim, and reface
kitchen cabinets? I want to do it on the cheap, but don't
want to hire two separate contractors. I'd like someone who
is knowledgeable, skilled and easy to work with. It's a
pretty small project also, probably best for a solo
craftsman rather than a big crew.
Hi- we have someone doing the exact same thing in our
kitchen this week, and he's doing a great job. Recommended
by our neighbor, we are very happy with his work and rates.
His name is Bill, Godlen Star Painting Company, and his
number is 510-773-3732. happy with our newish looking
We used Jeffrey Swafford at Pride & Joy Home Improvements
and we love our 'new' kitchen. Our 60s kitchen needed
updating and we opted to have Jeffrey replace cabinet doors
and drawers (made by the prior owner), add a cabinet and
resize two others rather than do a cabinet reface. Since we
also were replacing the countertop and floor we ended up
doing the painting ourselves with advice from Jeffrey. The
cabinet doors and drawers look great and are high quality.
He does refacing and full kitchens and is flexible and
helpful. He works with one helper. His phone number is
Marco Florian is a great painter, I highly recommend him.
He is reliable, honest and his prices are very reasonable.
He reface your cabinets and leave them looking great! In
addition of been a great painter he can also do numerous
jobs like tile, plumbing, carpentry and much more. He is
creative and goes the extra mile to make sure his customers
are satisfied. He is also willing to work on weekends if
needed. You can contact him directly at 510- 301-5629 Ana
Saeed Movehed does excellent work. He is flexible, careful,
and keeps to the schedule and estimate.
You can reach Saeed at 510-872-4806 or email@example.com
I recently used Certapro Berkeley, 981-0321,
http://berkeley.certapro.com and found them to be excellent
painters, reasonably priced and they were experienced in
working lead-safe, which is important for any pre-1978 home
especially if you have children. Whoever you hire, be sure
to ask if they are lead-certified and how they will contain
the paint chips. They should know to tape down plastic drop
cloths, close off the work area, work wet and/or with a HEPA
vacuum attached sander, wear respirators and clean up really
well. Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program can
help you in this process and even do an in-home consultation
free if you own a pre-1978 home in Berkeley, Oakland,
Alameda or Emeryville. 510-567-8280 or visit www.aclppp.org
How much will it cost to paint 1 - 2 rooms?
We're thinking of hiring someone to paint a few average size
rooms in our bungalow. Paint is pretty good shape, just
don't like the color. What's a typical, recent cost to get
a room painted professionally? No longer into DIY
Hi! I recently bought a Victorian fixer, and now know a lot
about painting costs. The cost of having a room
professionally painted is going to vary depending on several
A) what shape the current paint is on both the walls and
trim- if things need to be sanded and scraped that means
more prep time and it will cost more,
B) how many windows et- the more complicated the trim that
needs to be painted, the more time and therefore a higher
C) what colours are the old and new paint: If you are going
from a dark paint to a light paint, or a colour with lots of
red, yellow, or orange it will take more coats of paint
which equals more time, and more materials, and therefore a
higher cost. A little known fact for non-painters: yellow,
orang and red pigments, and also clear greens and lavenders,
don't cover as well as the earthier greens, blues and earth
D)A rule of thumb would be approximately $4-500 per room
(including materials), but if the rooms are less complicated
(reasons stated above) and there are multiple rooms, you
will likely get a discount. For a professional painter to
come out for a smaller job- like just one room, he will
still have to factor in his travel time, loading into and
out of a job, so the more rooms you do at one time, the less
You could probably get a handy man to do it cheaper, but the
results won't be nearly as nice: in painting you do 'get
what you pay for', mainly because you want good clean prep,
and a nice clean finish, not a hack job. Also professional
painters leave the 'job site' clean and liveable when the
finish for the day. After having my whole house painted
inside and out, I have a new respect for the work of a good
painter! Happy Home Owner
I have been looking for a interior painter that would be
willing to do a fairly small job. Prior to moving into our
home, holes in the wall were covered, but never repainted.
We have this issue in every room. Annoying. Anyway, I had
one quote from someone for $400 (way too expensive for this
job) and another quote for $100, but that painter flaked out
completely (never called back after two attempts to set it
up). I am wanting someone professional to paint over these
spots in a few hours and cost about $100. We have all the
paint. Please let me know if you have anyone... Thanks!!
Too many white spots
For your painting needs I can highly recommend Jackie at
510-910-2953. She is honest, trustworthy, very skilled at
different finishes and is very willing to accept jobs such
as yours. She will do a fine job for you at a reasonable
price and you can rely on her to call you back and show up
when she says she will.I have hired her many times over the
years and have always been pleased with her work. Roger
I HIGHLY recommend Ramon Meza! 510-875-5479
firstname.lastname@example.org. He and his team were incredibly
professional, efficient and friendly. They repainted all of
the rooms in our home and did a fabulous job. They covered
all of the furniture and carpets so there weren't any
issues. We had to change colors once or twice and they were
great about it. They hung up all of the pictures when they
were done. Ramon came by about 1 week after he was done and
to fix up any little scratches or nicks that had appeared
(even things that WE'D caused since they were done)- at no
extra cost! Also, we had a few doors that stuck and they
took them off the hinges and leveled them off for us at NO
extra cost. They're amazing. We would absolutely recommend
them to anyone looking for a painter. Also, Ramon's English
is very good, which was helpful for me because I don't speak
Spanish. Very happy with Ramon Meza the painter!
I highly recommend Ken White. He just painted the interior
of my 1922 home, taking it from funky and dingy to fresh and
polished. He and his team are friendly, flexible, and
excellent communicators. Ken also has excellent taste and
will work with you until your get the colors right. I got 5
quotes and his prices are more than reasonable. I would not
hesitate to use him again. Ken White 415-533-0999 Jessica
We live in Berkeley and after 20 years of fading and
cracking we needed to have our house repainted. Moving
forward, our biggest concern was the quality of the prep
work. We had a lot of stucco cracks that needed to be
repaird and after interviewing 7 painters we got 7
different appraisals of how our house needed to be prepped.
After each interview, our knowledge base grew so when it was
time to decide on a painter we were 'primed'
We decided to hire Esbin and Aldo Aguilar. They were
knowlegeable and straight-forward in their assessment on how
they were going to go about repairing the stucco and
prepping the house.
Their bid was not the least nor most expensive, but it was
concise and detailed.
While on the job they followed through on their bid. The
stucco was repaired and patched comprehensively, the house
was power washed, prepped meticulously, and the quality of
their painting lived up to their promises and our
expectations. They go about the business of painting
professionally by showing up on time and never leaving a
mess after they leave. I wholeheartedly recommend them.
Painter in North Oakland
I just bought a nice townhouse in the North Oakland/West
Oakland area and I'm looking for recommendations
for a good and affordable painter to
help me paint the interior of the townhouse. Thanks
I have used and can highly recommend Jackie Stoltz of
Jacqueline's Painting and Decorating for your painting
needs. She has painted both interior and exterior surfaces
over the years and we have always been pleased with her
work. In addition to painting she worked at one time for a
local paint store matching colors for professionals and
do-it-yourselfers. She is also very good at faux painting
and staining should you need or want that type of work
performed. Jackie is very focused and takes only one job at
a time and stays with it until the client is satisfied with
the results. She is friendly, knowledgeable, puts her
client's wishes first and her prices are very reasonable.
One receives top quality results for less than an expensive
cost. Her number is: 510-910-2953. Roger
I highly recommend Marco Florian, he is a great painter,
handyman, carpenter, plumber, tiler etc. He has done
numerous jobs in our home. He can work on weekends or
evenings if needed; Marco always goes the extra mile and his
rates are very reasonable. He is reliable, polite,
creative, good nature man. You can reach Marco at
510-301-5629 Ana B.
I'd highly recommend Crespo from Vastago Painting he is
licensed and insured, he is very detailed, thorough, he
cleans up every day before they leave, i will definitely use
them again if I need any painting done, you can call Crespo
at 925- 382-3434. Michelle.
Removing Paint from Baseboards
I am in need of some advice as I don't know the best way to
handle a paint issue I have regarding the baseboards in my
parent's home. They have a 1928 Spanish style home that used
to be adorned with beautiful cherry colored wood baseboards
in their living room, dining room and other areas of their
home as well as the front door and other doors. A couple of
years ago they hired someone who painted over these boards
and doors without their consent and I was beside myself. Now
that I am in charge of remodeling their home I want those
beautiful baseboards back.
My question is two-fold:
1)Is it worth removing the paint? I would love to hear
personal stories others have had regarding this. I am really
missing the beauty it once had.
2)Does anyone have recommendations of someone who could
remove the paint and restore the boards/doors at a very
affordable rate. If pricey, I'd like that information too.
Thanks for your help!
Desperate for Restoration
We just finished removing the paint from the baseboards,
windows AND wainscoting in our dining room and living room.
It was a lot of work, but it looks terrific. I can't
believe the wood was painted over!
The key to doing this successfully is heat. We bought the
Speedheater infrared paint remover plus a small heat gun
from Home Depot and followed the directions we found on this
youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe5n8pSyeoI
I don't have anyone to recommend because we did the project
ourselves. Just make sure they are going to use heat, not
super-nasty chemicals. Love the natural wood!
I would highly recommend Gil Cohen for all your painting
needs, both inside and out. He does quality work and pays
attention to the details. He has a good eye for color and is
easy to work with. You can see samples of his work on his
website: www.freshpaintbygil.com or call 510-233-7020.
House painter for older wood house
Our 1922, wooden, large (@3000 sq ft), SW-facing house needs
to be painted once again. That combination seems to demand
painting more often than most. The last time I called a
couple of BPN-recommended painters they rejected the work
because they were solo painters and this was too big for
them. I'm looking for someone who does excellent prep work,
is used to that combination of SW exposure and wood, and yet
~dream on~ is reasonably priced. Suggestions?
I would recommend a wonderful and trustworthy contractor,
Levitan Construction. Reasonably priced and many year of
experience. Owner is Barry Levitan and can be reached at
510-913-1044 or email@example.com.. He's licensed,
bonded and insured, of course. happy customer
Alberto Barrera is the guy for you! 510-219-4907 He's a
great guy and is priced LOW. He's not licensed (he can't
afford it), but his work is top-notch. We also have a house
just like yours, with all the same issues. We've had to
paint it frequently as well. Ergh. But Alberto is a fair,
honest, skilled painter. He also happens to be a sweet man
and a loving father (my wife taught his children over the
years, so we've gotten to know the family well). BTW, he is
fanatical about doing the prep work RIGHT, so no worries
there either. Mailisha
Ron Firman runs Artdeco Color ... he has that eye for detail
AND color sense.
cell: (510) 260-5366,
He does both inside and outside painting, lives in Berkeley
and is a great guy as well.
I am a carpenter & handyman who doesn't like to paint ...
so, been working with Ron at my customers' homes and my home
for a few years now. oren
Try Colin Baird with Platypus Painting. He has integrity;
his work is beautiful; and he is detail-oriented. His crew
even cleans up after themselves - imagine that! (510)
Painter recommendation needed
I love Jerri! She painted my exterior and interior. She is
very clean and respectful of house pets! She brought my dog
treats! She is super honest and her prices are great. She
is truly a good painter and trustworthy. Debbie
I highly recommend Vastago Painting!, We bought our first
place and needed a quick turn around on the painting, I
called Crespo (the owner) and he came over the next day, he
did a walk through, answer all the questions we had, put
together a solid estimate for drywall and painting. The
house looks great, the work was done quickly,the crew was
very professional and made our house look spectacular. I
would have to say they are definitely five star painters.
Fully license and insured they can be reached at 925-382-3434.
If you need a very good painter who has lots of experience,
skill and knowledge for a reasonable price, I highly
recommend Jackie Stoltz. She is very good in assisting with
color ideas, can match colors well, and is also a faux
painter. She has completed many jobs for me over the years
both on the interior and exterior of my house and
apartments. I am always pleased and satisfied with her work
as it is of high quality. Her number is:510- 910-2953.
Athens Painting did a great job at our house in North
Oakland. They were very clean, detailed, thorough and
pleasant to have around. They get along great with kids and
animals. Check out their page on Facebook and contact the
owner Petros if you like what you see. Our house is the
Craftsman with the orange windows.
Housepainter for 2-story house
We are looking for a house painter that can paint our two
stories house in Berkeley in the next two months. I
checked BPN and did not see any new recommendations.
We have a house in Berkeley and have hired Jose Abel Beltran
several times to paint for us, most recently last month. He
and his workers do a very good job -
- they are very experienced, responsible and honest. His
prices are very reasonable.
He has wonderful older reviews in the archive that can be
referred to as well, that's how we found him. Jose Abel
Beltran can be reached on his cell at (415) 225-5624. When
we need more painting we will definitely be calling him
I highly recommend Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973.
They painted our house 2 years ago and I continue to get
compliments on the way it looks today. The team does a lot
of preparation to achieve beautiful results. Their
attention to detail really surprised us. We absolutely love
the color which really transformed our house. They finished
on time and on budget. We are so happy we chose Athens
Painting Co. Check out the website athenspaintingco.com.
We worked with Petros Firas at Athens Painting (510)
637-8973 this year and we can recommend him without any
hesitation. We have been through a number of painters over
the years - some good and some not so much. My wife was also
a painter in her past life and knows the trade. Petros and
his crew are thorough, conscientious, accessible, punctual,
knowledgeable, tidy, detail-oriented, and reasonably priced.
It was a pleasure to work with him and we would hire him
again for our next job. Berkeley Homeowner
I would highly recommend Color Touch Painting! They are very
quick, accurate and meticulous, and seem geared towards
client care and full service. Todd helped me create a
perfect color palate for my home, and then they executed it
perfectly. They've done interior and exterior work for
several family and friends and everyone has loved them.
Their web-site is www.colortouchpainting.com R Nations
Can anyone recommend a good painter?
I am looking for a very good and not too expensive painter
to re-paint a few rooms in our Rockridge home. anon
I highly recommend Juan Rodriguez as a house painter. He
does interiors as well as exteriors. His pricing is very
reasonable. He is honest, trustworthy and had a great
personality. Call him:510-593-9331. Jamila
I just had a great experience with Charmed Painting. Very
firendly, affordable, and great work.
I suggest calling ARC Painting, otherwise known as Arana
Residential and Commercial Painting. They are clean and
careful, and leave their clients with beautiful walls. I
have worked on jobsites with them, and I have always been
impressed. Arana Painting: 510-567-9559 Lisette
We just had a great experience with John Briggs who did some
interior and exterior painting for us. 510-851-2039
Recently I had both interior and exterior work done by Dan
Prine, and am really happy with it. He is a small
independent painter, who does most of the work himself. I
had a really bad paint job inside from the previous owners -
it looked like they literally threw the paint on the wall
and let it dry with drips everywhere. He did an amazing job
prep-ing the walls to remove the drips and re-texturing
these patches to match the rest of the wall surface. His
prices are very reasonable, but not as low as the people out
there calling themselves 'painters' that don't know how to
properly prep, mask off, and paint cleanly(beware!). He does
excellent work, is very reliable and trustworthy, and keeps
your house clean while he is working on it. I would highly
recommend giving him a call. His number is (510) 860-9166
- Love my painter
We have just finished a full exterior and partial interior
project with Arana Residential and Commercial Painting
(www.arc-painting.com) and have been extremely happy with
them. We interviewed a lot of painters and ended up liking
Arana and one other painter based on a combination of
personality, references, EPA lead-certification, insurance
(Arana is licensed, bonded and insured) and price. We
ultimately moved forward with Arana based on schedule and
great referrals I received on them around their removal of
lead-based paint and have been SO happy with them that I
can't imagine having worked with anyone else. ARC is a
family-owned and operated, really easy to work with, listens
to and works hard to accommodate your needs, on time daily,
communicates clearly and consistently on status of the
project, trust worthy and respectful of your space, high
quality paint job... I can't say enough good things about
Arana. You can reach them at 510-567-9559. joonx
I highly recommend Marco Florian, he is a great
painter/handyman. He has done numerous painting jobs in our
home and properties as well as anything else we need to be
done like painting, plumbing,tiling,carpentry; he has also
remodel a couple of bathrooms He can work on weekends or
evenings if needed; Marco always goes the extra mile and his
rates are very reasonable. He is reliable, polite, creative,
good nature man. You can reach Marco directly at
510-301-5629 or firstname.lastname@example.org Ana
Recently used the services of Paul Shinn on a challenging
bathroom remodel. He is meticulous, courteous, and did
excellent painting work, as well as drywall, flooring, and
tile work. Met Paul because he is also a sub-contractor for
Bowflex equipment installs. Contacts are 510-427-2957 and
We have completed our house in Hercules.
JB Construction have been there for us.
Check out their website: www.jb-co.net
Contact Baha directly at (510) 735-4052
Or e-mail: email@example.com
I have an excellent painter for both interior and exterior
work. Dave Ritter of Surface painting and Decorating,
License # 474258, 510.482.3370. Dave painted our home this
summer and our newly renovated bathroom last week. Dave is
thorough and careful with prep-work, meticulous about
masking off area's not to be painted, and quite
knowledgeable about paint, surfaces, and finishes. Dave will
work with you and let you know your options for any given
job. He is the only painter I'd trust with my house - inside
or out. Lucy
We have a large bonus room that we needed painted in a hurry
(trim, walls). I also recommended him to a friend who had
to get her apartment painted, crown moulding and baseboards
installed for carpet installation. Jeff is a contractor and
he was able to do our project and my friend's on time and on
budget. Here is his phone number -- 510.928.5559.
I can highly recommend Jose Gutierrez, whom I found from
Best Bay Painting
CA. Lic. # 927954
Jose painted our live/work loft in March. I'm
perfectionistic (anal, lol?) about things like edges, prep
work, cleanliness - he attends to all that!. Jose is easy to
work with, great price, lovely guy...can't ask for more!
I can recommend without reservation for indoor and outdoor
painting, 'Phil the Painter.' Phil Lawhun, 510-317-1844.
He is licensed, was very reasonably priced (we had a number
of people bid on the job) and knowing his work, I would have
picked him even if he had charged more than the other bids.
He has done both the exterior trim and interior trim of our
entire home. He is easy to communicate with, friendly, and
punctual. He had to move furniture inside and to move
outside planter boxes and did a great job putting everything
back in place. I felt comfortable leaving him and his
colleagues alone in the home and had no worries about giving
him a key. We will without a doubt be using him again in
the future. lk
I highly recommend Sorin Feraru. His crew painted our house
inside-out. We've been working with Sorin and his crew for a
long time and they've completed various projects for us. The
are hard working, honest, trustworthy and knowledgeable. You
can reach Sorin at 510-228-7366 or check some of his work at
We recently had Ken White paint our exterior and he did a
fabulous job (he did our interior too). He's a great guy
and will generally come in lowest on the bid
- he also helped us make sure that some of our other
contractors weren't padding their bids (LOL).
I also appreciated that he will point out the touch-up spots
and that he takes his prep work really seriously - he spent
an entire day scraping where the water blasting didn't pull
off the paint (we did that ourselves... apparently not well
A really great guy and has been doing it for like 30 years.
You should always get 3 bids on any job... and on any paint
job I'd say you should have Ken do one of them!
(He lives in Napa but paints all over the Bay Area,
especially the East Bay.)
Looking for a reliable painter who preps carefully
We need someone who will carefully strip old paint and then
paint our kitchen, dining room,and living room.
Recommendations please! M.
I have been very happy with the work that Dan Prine (510)
860-9166 has done both inside and outside of my house. He
understands the importance of good prep work and is also
extremely contentious of keeping the 'job site'- your home-
clean while he does his work. He is an excellent painter!
happy home owner
Seeking house painter to repaint shingled exterior
We need to repaint our 1915 craftsman. The house is shingled
and years ago it was painted (not stained, painted) by a
previous owner. I would love to replace the shingles but I
fear that will be prohibitively expensive. Does anyone have
experience dealing with a similar situation? We're looking
for recommendations for house painters with experience
prepping and repainting shingles. Laura
I recomend Marco Florian; he is a great painter!. he did
some very unusual painting job for us to recreate an antique
look. He has done interior as well as exterior painting as
well as various jobs around our properties,He is very
reliable, trustworthy, creative. His rates are fair and he
can work on weekends. He's honest and great to work with.
He has great skills on everything related to construction.I
highly recommend his work. You can contact him for free
estimates at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
Ken White is a fantastic painter and an all-around good guy.
He will also come in lowest on your bid, which is one of the
reasons I like recommending him - because he works for
himself (and has been doing this for 30 years) he's quick,
very skilled, and sensitive to people being taken advantage
of by contractors (especially women - he looked at ALL our
construction bids for us, including duct work and plumbing).
He also ended up painting our very elderly neighbor's house
after we found out she'd had a guy out to bid her job. That
guy told her that he'd just paint over the ivy growing on
the side of her house (!!!) Ken stepped in, came in way
under, and also helped her arrange to have floors and
He has done a number of high-end commercial jobs (Cesar in
Oakland, LA City Hall, SFO) but is primarily doing his own
home projects now, both internal and external. He can also
help you with color choices and can do high-end finishes
like Venetian plaster and lacquer. Or he can just paint a
His number is (415) 533-0999
Legal painters needed for 4-6 week job
My husband is a general contractor who needs two legal
painters for a 4-6 week job. Can anyone please recommend
painters they trust? Claire
I would like to highly recommend a terrific painting company
Esbin Quality Painting run by two brother Esbin and Aldo.
I have used this painting company exclusively since I
purchased by 90 year old home 5 years ago. Since that time
Esbin and Aldo have done a number of jobs some very complex.
For example, they have painted all of the tired looking gum
wood which is extensive in the house baseboards, doors,
window casings, built in hutches and more-- and this
required lots of sanding and stripping of the old finishes,
patching, priming and finally painting, and the wood is now
They have also removed over 20 dated light sconces which
required patching these many holes in the old stucco, and
they careful matched the new plaster finish so that the wall
plaster is seamless, and they did this so well that I canC",b"t
find where the old scones were located.
They have painted the home exterior and surrounding stucco
walls and most recently (this week) they have painted nearly
half of the interior rooms including the kitchen which was
face lifted. The kitchen is now beautiful, really special
as Esbin and Aldo used 4 shades of a cream color in
different finishes chosen by my color designer (my new
wife!) who is very exacting (I mean picky!), and the results
are spectacular and the room is beautiful and makes us feel
happy and relaxed in this kitchen family room area.
Esbin and Aldo have other important skills as well - they
have done some complex sheet rocking, insulation
installation and other carpentry work as well for us. As
important as their painting skills, these are very gentle
and kind professionals who are totally unobtrusive while
working in the house. They are trustworthy, my work requires
me to be gone a lot and they have completed projects with
little guidance or presence on my part, and they are very
fair about their fees.
Esbin and Aldo are excellent painters who are also excellent
people. I highly recommend them. There contacts are:
925-382-3440 or email email@example.com
My wife and I decided to have our 100+ year old mut of a
Berkeley house (combo of stucco, wood siding, other
materials not to be named) painted. We've been in the house
for about 4 years and knew it was time. Bob Antonelli came
over to meet with us to give an initial estimate; and right
away we felt very comfortable. It was immediately apparent
that he knows his business and immensely cares for his work
(his expertise is in carpentry, weatherproofing, and
painting among related areas); is amazingly detail-oriented;
is a true craftsman; a keen assessor; and is very
professional. During our initial walk-around, he kept
describing the job as a 'restoration' job, not just a paint
job. We cringed with unease; and that said, we were
pleasantly surprised when he gave a VERY reasonable estimate
- and ultimately came in at budget. So we happily decided to
go with him after receiving other not so great bids for less
work and lesser quality. Bob and his crew came in, got
down, totally restored our house - complete with an
incredible waterproofing paint job.
In addition to the big job, we had a basement-level 1/2
bathroom needing major fixing up. Again, the cost estimate
was completely reasonable given the fixes and cosmetics.
The downstairs bathroom is now a thing of beauty and no
longer feels like the prison bathroom it was once.
Here're just several reasons why we love Bob:
1. Thoroughness: Bob and his crew were amazingly thorough
and detailed in their initial project scope and eventual
2. Professional, courteous, friendly, attentive,
3. Clean: The crew cleans up very carefully at the end of
4. Most bang for your bucks.
5. General Awesomeness: Enough said.
We couldn't recommend Bob and his guys more highly. Contact
him at 415-724-4301.
Looking for a painter named Roberto
Around 8 years ago I had a wonderful painter do work at my
house. His name was Roberto Ibarra and he was from
Guatamala. I lost contact with him as did the contractor
who recommended him to me. I believe a few members on this
list worked with Roberto and I'm hoping someone has contact
information for him as I have many painting needs and his
work was outstanding. Thanks! Needs painting
Did Roberto have a contracting license? You should be able
to track him down if he is legitimate. If not, you may wish
to be careful whom you allow into your home. I see a lot of
unlicensed contractors recommended on this site. The thing
about unlicensed contractors is that a lot of times (more
often than not) they have a criminal history. YES, they are
cheap. YES, they do great work. BUT- Do you really want to
let conviced felons into your home without a background
check? Fact Checker
Seeking a licensed painter with good references
Hi, I am looking for a good painter to paint my house. I
would like to have a licenced contractor with good
references-..Any suggestions ? Thanks HJ
We recently used Arana Residential & Commercial Painting to
paint the exterior of our house. It's run by a husband and
wife team, Ernesto and Catherine. They were delightful to
work with and priced very fairly. You can see the results of
their work here...
I highly recommend Guillermo Chicas. He is licensed,
insured, and just plain nice. He was recommended to me by a
friend whose house he painted years ago and just like my
friend said, he has been very professional, reasonably
priced, and detail-oriented. He is currently painting the
exterior of our home and his prep has been incredibly
thorough. Unexpected repairs have come up along the way and
he has been very knowledgeable about fixing them as well.
He can be reached at (925) 759-7564 or (925) 212- 6798. VK
A wonderful painter is Robert Candelaria. We won't use
anyone else. He is so caring about his work, meticulous
with the prep and the painting, but with a quiet manner. He
is also very efficient and thorough. He love his work, and
it shows! He is very respectful. He does a good job of
cleaning up every day. He comes as promised - on time. His
prices are reasonable. He is the best I've seen!
415-720-8329. He is in San Rafael, but I live in
Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville area, and he comes out this way
happily. Meg S.
For interior or exterior painting, I highly recommend Athens
Painting Company, (510) 637-8973. The owner, Petros Firas is
detail oriented, thorough, with a good eye for design and
color and an amazing work ethic. He is also personable,
which, although not necessary, is a definite bonus. His
crew is great and I was pleased with both jobs they did for
me, an entire exterior and, at a later date, 4 interior
rooms. I will hire them again when I need painting done.
We had a very good experience with Hans Stahlschmidt in
Berkeley a few months ago. website
http://www.stahlschmidt-painting.com/ He is a licensed
painting contractor. I noticed that a lot of my neighbors
were using him, so I asked him for a bid. His bid was fair
and reasonable - not cheap, but also not over the top, and I
appreciated being able to correspond by email. I wasn't
sure how much interior painting and wood refinishing I
wanted to do, and he gave me several estimates that included
different options, and worked with me to stay within our
budget. He delivered a quality job that exceeded our
expectations. His painters are all long-term employees, and
they are efficient, expert painters, keeping things very
tidy and cleaning up at the end of the day. His team also
did a beautiful job refinishing the worn wood panels in our
dining room. I had no idea they could ever look that good.
We were very pleased with the work and plan to hire him
again when we get ready to do exterior painting. Ginger
For interior or exterior painting, I highly recommend Athens
Painting Company, (510) 637-8973. The owner, Petros Firas is
detail oriented, thorough, with a good eye for design and
color and an amazing work ethic. He is also personable,
which, although not necessary, is a definite bonus. His
crew is great and I was pleased with both jobs they did for
me, an entire exterior and, at a later date, 4 interior
rooms. I will hire them again when I need painting done.
I highly recommend Tracy Boyko for a painter. She has been
in the business for more than 15 years. Tracy is great with
colors, has helped me select color combinations that worked
well with my floors, cabinets and other rooms and decor.
Tracy also does faux finish painting and after some wall
damage, did some patch work and you can't even discern the
difference between the previous work and the patched
Tracy is easy to work with, cleans up after herself, takes
great pride in her work, does an excellent job.
you can contact Tracy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
check out her website: www.tracyboyko.com
I have a painter for you. My husband and I have been so
happy with the work Gil Cohen (Fresh Paint) has done for us
over the years. Gil is terrific with colors and so
meticulous with prep and clean up. He was originally
recommended to us by a contractor. He was so terrific that
we continued to hire him to paint other parts of our house,
both inside and out. But perhaps the best part is that he
not only paints well, he is such a delight to have around.
He may be the most dependable and personable contractor
we've ever hired. Reach Gil on his website
freshpaintbygil.com or at 510-233-7020. Patrice in Berkeley
I would like to recommend Ramon Meza as the best painter
I've ever hired. He did an excellent job painting the
entire interior of our house a couple of weeks ago. Ramon
pays great attention to details and his team works really
hard to get the job done well and on time--my husband and I
were impressed with their work ethic. Towards the end of the
project I changed my mind about the color of one of the
bathrooms, I talked to Ramon and he patiently told me to
choose a new color and re-painted it. We will be hiring him
again to paint the exterior of our house in the Fall. I'm
very picky and don't recommend anyone lightly, Ramon Meza
can be contacted at 510-875-5479. Judith
We recently used Athens Painting for the exterior of our
home. Petros and his team did an amazing job. They prepped
the house thoroughly (including repairing eaves and window
sills that needed work) and were meticulous painters. They
were also easy to work with and completed the job on time
and on budget. We highly recommend them. Their website is
www.athenspaintingco.com. Petros can be reached at
510-637-8973. Steve and Dave
Affordable painter for exterior trim and painting
I am looking for a good and affordable painter to prep,
replace some trim and paint my house. There are also several
large cracks in the stucco that need to be repaired. I am
hoping for a small company or one painter. It's a 2400
square foot house in Elmwood. I've had some bids from 8-10k
not including trim replacement, but no one I'm comfortable
I highly recommend Ken White, (415) 533-0999. He does
interiors, exteriors and high-end finishes (lacquer,
Venetian plaster) as well as commercial projects
- he painted Cesar in Oakland, etc. You'll find him very
personable, knowledgable, skilled and, best of all, very
reasonable! happy with my paint job
I have found a great painter and handyman who is very
reasonably priced. I have dealt with a lot of contractors
and handymen over the years, and this guy is definitely as
good as they come in terms of honesty, reliability,
attention to detail, etc. His name is Walter Gama. His cell
# is 510-507-0335. He is Brazilian, and has a fairly strong
accent, but he is fluent in English. You can say that you
were given his name and number from Michael. michael
I'd like to recommend Victor Carmona, a painter who just
prepped and painted our exterior. We bought the house last
year and it hadn't been painted in about 15-20 years. It
had a number of cracks in the stucco. Victor and his guys
did excellent work on the cracks and on prepping the house
overall, in addition to the painting. They were respectful,
responsible, reliable, hard working and a pleasure to have
around. We were REALLY happy with the outcome. Victor's
English is limited but he can get by. His prices are
extremely reasonable... by far the lowest bid we got. His
phone number is 650-771-2701. tf
Check out Dan Prine 510-860-9166
He has done a lot of interior painting work for me and will
be doing my exterior this summer. I have an old Victorian,
that needs/needed lots of prep both inside and out,
including trim replacement. He is very good, detail
oriented, and reasonably priced. Cleans up the job site
every night, and is very respectful. I highly recommend him.
I highly recommend George Takash. He is very experienced and
excellent at any work he does.He has been working in the El
Cerrito-Berkley area for over 35 years, and has wonderful
references. He is a talented, honest reliable, responsible
person. George has wonderful work ethics. He has not worked
for me because I rent but he has worked for 3 of my
landlords and many people I know or have worked
for(babysitting, house sitting).I've only heard rave
reviews. He keeps a really clean work site.He is an
excellent painter, he also does almost all handyman work.
He also is a professorial carpenter,he does fences, decks
etc,he also does tile work, bathroom and other remodeling,
doors and windows. He does it all extremely well and
creatively. As you are looking for someone good and
reliable, he is also looking for good clients who treat him
honestly and fair also. Please don't call him if you are
looking for the cheapest work and just want as many bids
from a bunch of different workers,or just want to take and
use his ideas, and shine him on.It's important to have good
people to do the work and good people to work for.It really
goes both ways.I wasn't sure, when you said you've gotten
all these bids. He works really hard when he comes and looks
at the work. He really puts a lot of work when he writes his
bids up.He runs around checking on prices and materials if
needed.He is very conscientious, a good person, honest and a
hard worker. If you are interested in his contact
information please email me Thank You. Wendy
Contact Sorin Feraru at 510-228-7366. We had our windows and
trims replaced and the exterior of the house painted by
Sorin's crew, among other things and we are very satisfied
with the job. They've put in high quality work, attention to
details and excellent craftsmanship. Also, you can check
some of his work at www.feraru.us
House painter for shingles & stucco exterior
I'm looking into getting estimates from house painters to
work on the exterior of my house. I have stucco and
shingles. Of course, I'd like someone who does thorough
prep work as the west side of my house gets intense
sunlight. I prepped and repainted on my own the shingles but
those facing the west are already beginning to peel after 6
years (I used Benjamin Exterior Paint). I live in the El
Cerrito Hills. Many thanks. Time for a facelift
I wish I had used Tony Cataldo for my exterior, as I did for
the interior. Rather I used one of those, 'five guys and a
spray gun' and its very true that.. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PREP
. Tony does do exterior as well as in, has been for like 20
years and watching him is like watching a true craftsman.
He's very nice to have around as well email me and I'll
give you his contact info.. which I will get in a minute.
Just FACEBOOKED him. Reenie Raschke Photography
My coworker recommeded painter Ramon Meza because I needed
to fix problems from previous poor work to my Alameda home.
He's completely repainted inside and out and I wouldn't hire
anyone else. He's trustworthy professional, and does
beautiful work that will last. Best paint products,
excellent prep, straight lines. Susan
The only painter we use anymore is Robert Candelaria -
because he is so good. He does excellent prep work. He
does his work carefully, yet efficiently. He is respectful
and considerate always. He cleans up thoroughly. He
thoroughly protects everything that can be affected by his
work (plants for exterior, and furniture, etc. for
interior). He is honest, prompt, and a joy to have around.
I would like to highly recommend Arana Residential and
Commercial Painting. They do both interior and exterior
work. We recently (the past week) had them paint our
interior windows, and plan on using them to paint the
interior of our house. We were impressed with the
communication from both Catherine and Ernesto (husband/wife
team who run Arana), and extremely pleased with the quality
of their work. Our windows look exceptional, and they left
their work area spotless. They also patched and painted some
areas near the windows for no charge. Their prices were
extremely reasonable, and we are looking forward to working
with them again! Please feel free to email me if you have
any questions. - Sarah
We recently had our house exterior painted by Rafael Silva.
I was impressed by his professionalism and how quickly he
got the job done (three days for a small bungalow.) His
rates are extremely competitive. You can reach him at (415)
680- 5987. Leila
To an earlier question on painters, I highly recommend Dave
Ritter, owner of Surface Painting and Decorating. We used
him to paint our stucco house last fall and we were so
impressed by his work and reasonable rates that we had him
paint a number of rooms inside the house this spring.
Dave does most of the work himself, and has many, many years
of experience. He does meticulous prep work before painting
- filling holes, sanding rough spots, even plastering bigger
problems before the actual painting.
I got estimates from three businesses (all recommended on
BPN), and Dave had the best price. All his references were
also very enthusiastic.
Dave's number is (510) 390-2186
Looking for a Licensed & Insured House Painter
We need to paint parts of or all of the exterior of our
house and are looking for an excellent house painter.
It is very important to us that the painter be licensed and
his/her crew have health insurance/workman's comp. Please
recommend anyone you know who falls into this category.
Colin Baird owns Platypus Painting which is both licensed
and insured. This operation is the real deal from interior
to exterior, power washing and more. I highly recommend
Colin and his team.510-508-0736. Nina
I would like to recommend Saul Espinoza for your house
painting job. He is not only an excellent painter, but also
an unusually nice and gracious man. His number is 510 233
Hans Stahlschmidt http://www.stahlschmidt-painting.com/
is licensed and did a very nice job painting 4 rooms for us
a couple of months ago. It says on his website that he has
long-term employees who have health insurance and
profit-sharing with the company, and they pride themselves
on their ethics and quality. I can attest to the quality!
Stucco and paint contractor
I am looking for stucco and paint contractors that do a good
quality job and have reasonable prices. Thanks diana
I had my stucco house repainted last summer by Chris
Scyphers and his team (510-710-7410). The stucco is
_really_ rough, so I figured it would be challenging. They
did a thorough power wash, then fixed areas that needed
repair. The priming and painting seemed like the easiest
part. They used the rubbery elastomer paint -- and it is
holding up perfectly so far. We did a bit more construction
after the initial job was complete & they came back and
touched things up as needed. Robb
Reinstall a window and then repair and paint the wall
Hi. We had our home painted about 3 years ago by Roger
Mejia, a recommendation from BPN. He did a great job, but I
lost his number. I found the old referral but the number did
not work. If anyone used his services more recently, could
you post his number? If not, can I get a recommendation for
a reasonably priced person who would take out a poorly
installed window and reinstall, plaster and paint the window
wall, and entire bedroom. Thanks. dr
I am new to the newsletter, but I can answer your question:
I recently converted a garage into a room and this guy,
Albert, did a great and inexpensive job. I personally don't
remember the price, but I remember that it was at least 10%
less than the average bids. He changed the window, he
painted, and he even clean after he did everything!!!!! I
highly recommend him! His number is (510) 459 9453, and if
you want you can mention me. Hope he will help you, Cecilia
We live in Oakland and used Arana Painting to paint our new
windows and they were super great. We had the windows
installed by The Window Specialist and they came behind them
and did all of the finish patching and caulking. The finish
painters did a beautiful job! We spent a lot of money on
those windows, so we were happy with final product. The
windows were done in a day and the painting took another 2
days. They left everything completely clean. Their website
is www.arc-painting.com. Highly recommend them! Christina
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Looking for Color Consultant/House Painter
Has anyone on this list worked with a color consultant who
also does specialty paint finishes, is creative and can help
me with some on-going re-design projects in my home? Thank
I highly recommend Ron Firman, (email@example.com or
510-260.5366) when you need a painter with an artist's eye
and a craftsman touch (gee, that sounds over the top).
But seriously, sense of color and design... he makes it
happen when it comes to painting and staining.
We met at a job i was doing... he was the painter, he also
painted a beautiful custom sign with house numbers/etc...
our paths cross frequently and his work is great. oren
I recommend Petros Firas (510) 637-8973. He is a licensed
painting contractor who specializes in Artistic Plaster and
Finishes. He has a keen eye for color. He is a meticulous
Hi there, I have a friend who is a painter that does scenic
design and is a wonderful faux painter. She is great with
color and has painted 3 areas of my house. I love her work
and it is very dramatic.
Her pricing is not bad considering the time and quality of
her name is Tracy Boyko and her website is
http://tracyboyko.com/; email is firstname.lastname@example.org;
check her out, get an estimate and see her portfolio... you
won't be disappointed!! faux lover
I used a color consultant and a house painter. It depends
if you painting outside or inside. Outside you want the
best painter b/c it takes a long time to paint. We chose
O'Brien Painted to Last. His crew was amazing! quiet clean
and very thorough. It took them 15 days to paint our house,
because they had to remove the previous paint first. I am
extraordinarily happy with the entire experience. Their
reputation is stellar in the industry.
I know this because I hired three different color
consultants (all three knew of O'Brien). The first two are
often recommended on Berkeley Parents. I thought they were
both fine, but not particularly talented. I was still
unhappy, when I found a house in the neighborhood that I
loved. They gave me Victor Cohen Stuart's name. He was a
professor of art, but has also spent many years as a house
painter. He knows house paint colors better than anyone I
have met. He also has an the most elegant eye. His prices
are comparable to both other colorists I tried, but his
service is much more extensive! He came by two times to
talk with me about the house colors. I would use him for
either indoor or outdoor projects.
http://www.victorcohenstuart.com/ Good luck
Editor note: reviews were also received for Color Consultants
Re: Repainting existing kitchen cabinets
Phil Lawhun just finished painting the entire
inside of our two story house and did an excellent job! We
found him on BPN. He is extremely pleasant and polite and
very meticulous! We did not have to take down, move or pack
up anything; Phil did this very carefully. He left the
house very clean each day, neatly keeping the
paints/supplies out of our way. I was still deciding on
paint colors when he started and Phil never pressured us to
make a decision, instead starting off with the rooms we were
sure of and testing out colors for us. Phil does the
painting himself, sometimes with the assistance of a
partner, and is always on site. His fees were more
reasonable than large companies. He is licensed and bonded.
Phil Lawhun 510-317-1844. Our house looks amazing! Melissa
Detail-oriented painter, good at prep
Hi - we are getting ready to paint our home, and I'd love
recommendations on painters you have used recently. We are
looking for someone who is detail-oriented, good at all the
prep. needed, etc.
Enrique Rodriguez, 510-812-3150, is a terrific house painter
for both interior and exterior. He does meticulous
preparation and careful painting.
We hired J.P. Aspatore to paint our house exterior about a
year ago, and we were (and still are) extremely happy with
the job. We had three painters come out for a consultation
and quote, and J.P.A. were clearly the most professional,
knowledgable and detail-oriented of the three. Check out
their reviews on Yelp. Nick
Ramon Meza does outstanding interior and exterior painting - high quality and
service at reasonable prices. I have been very satisfied over several years with
his work and feel lucky to have found him. He was originally referred by my
neighbor who is quite a perfectionist. Watching his meticulous prep work, many
of our neighbors now employ Ramon and are equally satisfied. His prices are
quite reasonable. He can be counted on for complete clean-up and follow-
through. When in the neighborhood, he has stopped by to do touch-ups at no
cost and, once, he even had his workers help me move some furniture and
refused to let me pay him. Altogether a man of honor and integrity.
Ramon Meza: (510) 875- 5479
This is in response to both ads for house painters listed
in the Sept.15 newsletter. One was for someone who did
good prep work and was detail oriented and the other for
a good painter to paint a stucco house in Berkeley. There
also was another request for a painter/ wood worker to
stain pine windows,My response(recommendation) would apply
to their request also.
I am recommending George Takash.
I am a renter so I haven't hired him but I have seen
many jobs that he has done, and spoke to many people he
has worked for. He has a great reputation and has many
local references.George Takash has painted the outside of
many houses of people in the El Cerrito/ Oakland area for
over 30 years. He does inside painting, staining and
installing wood,doors, window etc. He has worked for my
landlord and painted and have done work for many houses of
people I've known and worked for.
Many years ago he had painted the outside and inside of a
house plus some carpentry work,for people I did childcare
for and not only were the people very satisfied,the
neighbors loved his work. He ended up doing many jobs on
that street.The same thing happened on a street he worked
for in Oakland.He is detail oriented,can determine what
prep is needed and does an excellent job. He keeps his
work site neat, he is talented,honest, responsible, has
great work ethics and creative to name a few of his
He also is a professional carpenter and has created,
decks, fences, stairs,does remodeling,tile work, and has
Lastly he can also do almost any kind of handy man work.
I think you will be pleased with his work.He is also nice
We just painted our house in the North Berkeley Hills and we
can highly recommend Garry Lovell at Just Us Painting. (510)
237-6981. His attention to detail was exceptional and his
prep work was incredibly thorough. He worked very well with
our color consultant and was patient with our changes as we
went along. His rates were very reasonable. All this and he
was an absolute pleasure to work with.
We just had our kitchen painted by a wonderful painter and
his family! Andy Frasheski email@example.com (510)
644-3711. His son and son-in-law assisted and our kitchen
looks beautiful. Andy also fixed a very dangerous
electrical outlet, tiled our backsplash and installed a new
toilet in our 1910 house. Everything done beautifully.
His prices were very reasonable and he worked quickly and
efficiently. We have had other contractors in our home
before and Andy and his team were the first to care about
our living situation while working in our home. They
cleaned up everyday and did a great job of sealing off the
area and protecting cabinets and floors while they worked.
We have a one year old and they honestly cared about her
welfare with paint fumes and chocking hazards created by
construction. They were a pleasure to work with. I highly
I would strongly recommend MB Jessee painting for both
exterior and interior painting projects. This is truly a
professional company with skilled, friendly, neat employees
who care about the quality of their work, the concerns of
their clients and will take wonderful care with your
project. Their pricing is competitive and they are great to
work with. Please contact Ricardo De Jesus at 510.851.1023
for a quote. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck to you!
I would like to highly recommend a fantastic house painter.
Phil of Phil's Painting just painted the exterior of my
house (Oakmore area) this past July. It was one of the best
experiences I have had with hiring someone to work on my
house. Phil is professional, polite, highly experienced,
and has a great sense of humour.
I hired Phil before I had selected the exterior color of my
home. He was patient and helpful throughout the whole
process. He finished on time and left my house and it's
surroundings impeccably clean and tidy. He was very gentle
with the plants in my garden. Best of all he did the work
with one other person so I could talk to him about the
progress each day. And his rates are reasonable!!!!
He can be reached at 510-317-1844
CertaPro, owned by Soumil Amin, is an excellent painting
company which I have used personally, and recommend to my
clients. Great work and customer and outstanding customer
service. Reach them at 510-981-0321 and 825-787-1843.
Good painter for 1930s stucco house exterior
Seeking recommendations for a painter to paint the exterior
of my 1930s stucco house in Berkeley.
I just had my house exterior painted by Rafael Silva and he did an absolutely
stunning job for a very reasonable cost. I found him actually after reading a BPN
recommendation of him, and I am so grateful that somebody recommended him!
He is a best painter I ever had. He is a very honest nice person and
he and his crew were quick, hard working and cleaned after every day.
He used the very best paints and multiple coats. (I am a paint nut).
His phone number is 415-680-5987. I am definitely going to use him
for the interior also this winter.
We used Athens Painting company last year for our two story stucco/wood trim
Berkeley home. Petros, the owner, was great to work with. The price was
reasonable, the workers were efficient, and the job they did looks great. We
were very satisfied.
One-man painter operation for odd painting jobs
Does anyone know of a reasonable and GOOD house painter for
small jobs ( i.e. paint a room or rooms, or hall or
outside trim)? I have hired some in the past but they did a
fast and bad job (not enough prep and didn't hold up). I'm
looking for a one-man or small business, not a crew, for odd
We've had great results using Mike Pierce Painting. He is
a sole owner of his business, is easy to deal with, is
quick and clean. And our job has held up for several
years now, and still looks fine! He can be reached at
Dawn Karim at Paint 2 Perfection is an excellent painting
email@example.com and (510) 334-7751.
She painted my office and it looks great! The friends I
recommended her to for office and house painting have all
been very thrilled with the quality, speediness, and
cleanliness of her work.
Her rates are very reasonable. Highly highly recommend her!
Jose at Best Bay Painting is the best painter we've hired
(and we have hired a lot). I would never use anyone else.
He was very conscientious, did bee-u-tiful prep on our old
doors, trim, stair rails, and walls. Can't say enough.
Plus he is extremely nice and pleasant to have around. I
believe his # is 510-517-8748.
Happy at Last
I can recommend a GREAT painter. His name is Chris Menefee. He is
detail-oriented and reliable. He's painted the exterior of our house, and
several rooms inside. He has done touch up on other parts. His number is
510-841-3558. He's got over 20 years of experience. I'm happy to answer
any other questions you might have, or simply call him.
My neighbor is very good: careful, thorough, reasonable, and has a great
aesthetic (he picked the color for my kitchen when a pro decorator and a troop
of friends/family had failed). He works only by word of mouth in or near
Berkeley. He also does carpentry. Flavian Levert, cell 207-8461
We used John Aspatore (www.eastbaypainter.com) to paint a
small bedroom and a stairwell in our house recently and were
very pleased. He did all the work himself including prep,
painting with low-VOC paints, and clean-up. He was very easy
to work with. The paint job looks great and the price was
reasonable. John can be reached at 510-367-6997.
I can highly recommend Stan Weitzer for painting, large and
small wall repairs, plastering and tile/grout work. He has
done many jobs for me - both exterior and interior painting
and repairing water damage. He has many years experience, is
a meticulous craftsman and a really nice guy. He can be
reached at 510-878-8537.
This is in answer to Ann's quest for a good painter who
works alone from the Aug 1 newsletter. I recommend George
Takash. He is honest, reliable, responsible, has great work
ethics, keeps a clean work site when done and of course
an, excellent professional painter. He has been doing work
in the Berkeley-Richmond area for over 25 years and has a
lot of local recommendations. Since I don't own a home he
has not worked for me ,but has done work for my landlord
for my house and others he owns. He also has worked for
many people I have house-sat and babysat for. They rave
about him. He paints, inside and out and does big and small
jobs(small jobs if it is in his area)
George also is a professional carpenter, has built fences,
decks,remodels and add ons etc.
He has done bathroom and kitchen remodels and tile work
plus handyman jobs.
Painter who understands importance of prep work
Seeking someone who understand that prep work is 90% percent
of longevity of the project. Thanks for any tips.
I can recommend Dan Prine 510-860-9166. He has odd hours
sometimes, since he works at the East Bay Paint Center
during the day, but he does excellent work. I have an old
Victorian, that was abused and needed lots of prep-work:
re-sanding and mudding badly done patch work, matching the
wall texture, etc. My house was definitely 90% prep and I am
very happy with the results. Plus he was very clean and
professional while the work was in progress.
a great referral for interior and exterior painting Dave
does the best work I've seen. His preparation is incredibly
thorough, and his jobs last far longer as a result. He's
honest, has great ideas for color schemes, and has been a
licensed painting contractor for many years. He came highly
recommended to us, and has always called back even if he's
too busy. As a result of his work efforts we have used him
at least 5 times, always with great results. You may contact
Dave Ritter (510) 390-2186.
If you need a painter, I can strongly recommend Marian
Gheorghe. He does beautiful, meticulous work, keeps things
clean and completes work in a timely manner. He has
painted three rooms in our house, but he's also helped
with much more to transform our kitchen (including putting
up new cupboards, incorporating a shelf that he built
himself, and more).
Marian's contact info: 510-300-7529 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHLY, to recommend an exceptional painter- PEDRO CORNEJO (650-219-
6664) JC PAINTING, He is an amazingly skilled and professional painter.
Lead Certificate. He is clean, courteous, organized, responsible, and
craftmen. I have worked with with them on several occasions and have
incredibly impressed His finished work was wonderful.
I highly recommend Jeff Mertens or Mertens Painting.
He and his crew did a great job on the exterior of my house
for a great price.
I'm responding specifically to the question about painters
who do adequate prep, and just had to respond. We recently
hired Hans Stahlschmidt of Stahlschmidt Painting &
Restoration to do a 5-color paint job on our 100-year-old
wooden home. We were SOOO impressed by their care,
preparation, and thoroughness. Throughout the job, we had
neighbors of ours who are contractors and people just
passing by who know the business tell us they had never seen
such a thorough prep job. The whole job took close to 4
weeks, and most of that was just preparation. The workers
were also polite, careful, and cleaned up after themselves
(although there's always going to be some mess in such a big
job). Hans was a pleasure to work with, and really helped
us select colors we know we'll be happy with for years to come.
Also, to the person looking for an individual painter to
work with, some of Hans' crew occasionally do side jobs, and
I would certainly trust any of them to do excellent work.
Loving my new colors!
I'm considering hiring a painter named Rafael Silva for an
exterior paint job on my house--I found him here on the BPN
but the couple recommendations are from 3 years ago. I've
spoken with several other painters, but Rafael's bid is the
lowest and he seems like a good guy. I am concerned that his
prices may be too low, and want to make sure he'll do a good
job. Has anyone used him recently, and can anyone tell me
how his work has held up over the years (any notable
peeling, etc.)? Otherwise, if you have a reasonably priced
painter who will do a good job, please let me know. Thanks!!
Hi - I was probably one of the people from the archives who
recommended Raphael Silva for paint jobs. He did our house
(interior) and our neighbor's house (exterior). He also did
our front walk. Raphael was incredibly reliable, honest and
hardworking and I would hire him again in a heartbeat. You
want to make sure that he's the one on site, overseeing the
job though as his work is good but sometimes the people he
works with aren't as detail oriented. When we hired him, he
was working with another outfit and the days he was on site
he was great, but others were not so good. Then he went off
on his own and that's the last time I had contact with him
(right after he did our front porch).
The quality of his work has held up well and he was a
pleasure to work with. You can email me if you have any
I hired Athens Painting Co (510.637.8973) and was very pleased with the
results. Petros (the owner) was wonderful to work with and cared very much that
I was satisfied with the final product. I absolutely recommend him.
I recently had my house exterior painted by Petros Firas, owner of Athens
Painting Company. I am so happy with my the job that he and his team did!
You really don't want to go with anyone else. His bid came in the mid-range,
but the work was outstanding. He was on-site for most of the work, which is
not something you will find with most painters. He and his team are
meticulous in their work, on-time, tidy, and the paint job excellent. He really
worked with us to find the colors we wanted and helped us by testing many
samples. He guarantees his work like no one else I know. Also, he's very
friendly and personable and will be a pleasure to work with. I have gotten so
many compliments on our new paint job from family, friends and strangers.
Many strangers stop to ask who painted our house.
Check out his website: www.athenspaintingco.com and give Petros a call:
I have no experience with Rafael, but we used Best Bay
Painting (Jose Gutierrez) 510-517-8748 to paint the entire
inside of our house about a year ago. We had a lot of old
trim and doors that he prepped to perfection. He was also
very indulgent in putting up sample colors on the walls.
At the time, our son was still napping and Jose and his
crew would tip toe around, and close the doors so gently,
he was never awakened by them! They were the most
considerate painters, and they always did a fabulous job
cleaning up at the end of the day, since we were living
there. We actually missed them when they were gone. It was
nuts. I would get a bid from Jose since his price was very
competitive, especially in light of the high quality of the
work. Good luck!
We had our house painted last fall. Our painting contractor was James Tama. He
also painted Three houses on my parent's block in north Berkeley. He has alot
of happy customer's. Tama Painting Co. 510-758-6060
Happy Blue house homowner
I highly recommend our house painter, Esbin Aguilar of Esbin Quality Paints.
Phone 925-382-3440 or 510-472-6788. He and his brother and another
worker did a beautiful, meticulous job on our interior. I asked him to do specific
things, like no tape on our new wood stairs, and painting some baseboards that
had yet to be attached. All of my requests were granted and I only had to ask
once. A wonderful bonus to working with Esbin is that his wife, Karen, is the
business manager/scheduler. She responds quite rapidly by email or phone.
Working with Esbin was an all around great experience.
Green-conscious paint removal and exterior painter
We are looking for someone to remove the paint from the
outside of our house and prepare it for painting. I am
concerned about the toxicity of this process as our
vegetable garden surrounds the house. Can anyone recommend
a green-conscience paint removal company?
I hired a great painter named Antonio Chavarria (tel.
510.390.2307) to paint the exterior and interior of my
house. He and his crew did a wonderful job. He washed
the exterior of the house with bleach to kill the mold and
mildew, then finished the prep and painting in two days.
Additionally, when Antonio saw termite damage on the
garage, he removed, replaced and painted the damaged wood
at no additional cost. Antonio told me he did the extra
work because he did not want me to think he did a bad job.
His finished work was wonderful. My neighbors are always
commenting how nice my house looks.
I'd highly recommend Petros of Athens Painting for interior
and exterior painting work. His contact number is
510.637-8973. We've worked with several painters over the
years and feel like we've finally found ''the one.'' His
attention to detail and commitment to delivering superior
work are impressive. We have an older home that had been
painted poorly, inside and out. The portions that Petros
has re-done are meticulous. He's a true craftsman and a
super nice guy to boot.
I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive painter to paint
two bedrooms and a hallway. I've gotten quotes from three
professional painters who were recommended on BPN, but
their prices are out of my price range. I'm looking for
someone with painting experience and who has references,
but is maybe not a professional painter. I feel like there
has to be a person who is somewhere between what I could
do myself and a professional painter. LT
Hi! My husband and I had the same issue last year, and
finally found Mike Pierce, a professional painter, insured
and bonded, but half the price of the other quotes we got.
It might be worth calling him. He can be reached at (925)
200-2470, or (925) 837-9037. He's easy to deal with and
did a great job for us.
Johnathan Youtt is a great part-time painter (and full time
He's very affordable and good, please check him out.
His phone number is 415 374 6336.
Don't forget to use only ZERO VOC PAINT and PRIMER. You don't want to subject
your family to toxic off-gasing for the next year or so....
I recommend AMERICAN PRIDE brand paint from Eco Home Improvement in
Berkeley at the corner of San Pablo Ave and Carlton (just north of Ashby).
I highly recommend Julie Perkins for painting your small
interior rooms. Julie is very attentive to detail, and works
hard to make sure everything is patched and prepped
flawlessly before she paints. She is responsive, helpful,
flexible, and friendly, and her prices are very reasonable.
Julie has painted two different locations for me in the last
few months, and I have been very pleased with her work. Her
numbers are 510-525-8385 and 510-427-3978.
HIGHLY, highly recommend our house painter, Tony Cataldo,
phone #(925) 247-0637
He is fabulous, spends time sealing cracks, does very clean
work. (He's also a great guy and fun to have around!)
Don't be put off by the 925 area code. He's from Oakland
and is happy to be working anywhere in the East Bay.
Feel free to call me for reference 923-1576
I may be too late on this, but I'd like to recommend Arana
Residential and Commercial Painting. They did some interior
work for us when we moved to the Bay Area and did such a
great job. Good Luck!
Painter to safely strip and repaint interior
We're looking for a recent recommendation for a painter who will safely and
carefully strip down and repaint some interior walls and wooden door frames,
window frames, trim, etc. The house was built 1918 so I'm pretty sure there is
lead-based paint underneath the latex paint on the walls now.
Unfortunately, it seems that when we bought our home last year the stagers had
just painted over the old color and now it's showing through in little patches.
The walls are also speckled in texture and I'd love to have them sanded smooth.
I would try to do this myself as a nice longish project, but I'm pregnant and so
obviously don't want to go risk the lead exposure and paint strippers, etc.
So... can anyone recommend a good person for this job? And does anyone have even
a ballpark figure for how much it costs to prepare and repaint a small bedroom
(12 ft x 10 ft or so). I have no idea if it's $300 or closer to $3,000 (!). (I
know already that the no-VOC paints are way more costly. I was thinking of using
Sherwin Williams' Harmony line.)
Need fresh paint!
I used Greg Watson in El Sobrante 510-223-1541 (office) or
510-453-5638 (cell). You can't go wrong if he isn't too
busy -- he's really good, and his prices are very
reasonable. His son, Jacob does all the painting, and
Greg makes sure it's done perfectly. Jacob is not messy
like some other painter's I've worked with. Watson is
fully insured too, which is important to me.
I want to whole-heartedly recommend Gustavo Anaya
(510-860-8718), a house painter who my wife and I have used
multiple times over the last three years. We have had him
do large projects ? a full house interior ? and small
projects ? single days of work patching and painting damaged
walls. He has done interior and exterior work and has been
excellent every time. His rates are reasonable and he is
completely reliable and trustworthy. It is also noteworthy
that he listens very well to input and makes every effort to
do the job the way you want it. I have recommended him to
my friends many times and they have also had excellent
experiences. Please feel free to email me if you have any
questions about Gustavo at: email@example.com.
good, fast and CHEAP exterior paint job
We need an exterior paint job - good, fast and CHEAP. Can you
recommend? I don't need someone who is meticulous, an artist, a
craftsman, etc. Just a basic, decent paint job. Licensed and
with insurance preferred.
Also - I have a quote from CertaPro. Does anyone have experience
Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
I can strongly recommend Rob Lewis as a house painter. He was
recommended to us by other parents in our daughter's pre-school.
He is conscientious, attentive to wishes, good bedside manner,
reasonably priced. He was thorough at all stages, from prep work
(sanding, filling, etc.) through finishing trim. Fully legit in
terms of insurance, etc.
He lives in Oakland but serves a large area including Contra
Costa County. For our job, he had one helper and did much of the
work himself. Our job was exterior only but I believe he does
interior work too.
Rob's cell phone is: (510) 333-9119; email:
Try J. Allen Chausse--(925) 689-4623. His bid was better than
Certa Pros and he delivered when I needed my mom's house painted
quickly and at a good price. Very nice, good crew.
I know a great guy:
I highly recommend Asen Angelov with Uneverse Painting
hes work is exelent and affortable his number is
(510) 520-2171 you will be glad that you call him
You should call Rafael Silva. I found him originally through postings here on the BPN,
and I have used him over and over again. His prices are very reasonable, he is an
incredibly nice guy, he is always on time, leaves the house and surroundings clean,
most importantly, he does really, really good work. He painted the exterior of my
house a year ago, and has since done interior painting as well as plastering. I will
use another painter again.
I highly recommend Marco Florian, he has done numerous painting
jobs in our house, exterior and interior. He also can do
numerous jobs around your house, He si trustworthy, reliable,
polite and his work is great!
You can contact him directly @ 510-301-5629
Esbin Aguilar of Esbin Quality Painting recently painted most of
a house exterior for me (one side was already painted.) Esbin's
paint job was below average, and I would not recommend him. He
has several positive reviews in the BPN archives--that's how I
found him. One of Esbin's workers did good prep work on the wood
siding. No prep work was done on the windows or trim before
painting. The finished work was very sloppy. A few areas of the
house were missed entirely. All the windows were completely
sealed shut with paint. A big mess was left for me to clean up.
Overall, Esbin delivered a poor paint job that won't hold up
because of poor prep work. Esbin agreed that the job was not
satisfactory, so he took $500 off his bid and said he was willing
to re-do parts of it next year. I don't think so!
I want recommend a wonderfully skilled and detail oriented painter named Juan
Rodriguez (510) 593-
9331. I couldn't recommend a painter any higher. Juan and a small crew painted my
craftsman house in Berkeley. The house needed a lot of patching. prepping, sanding,
and filling. In his bid
Juan walked around the entire house with me, pointing to every spot that needed
attention, and sure
enough, they attended to every spot with utmost care in the two weeks they were
here. Never missing a
day, and never late.
Juan was honest, punctual, friendly and his bid was extremely reasonable. His work
is absolute quality.
They also do a job cleaning up after each day. 5 stars all the way. Alexis
Good yet reasonable housepainter
We are in need of a good yet reasonable housepainter who can
work with a really tricky house layout.
David Moreno of Brush & Hammer has painted my house and other
friends' houses. He's not a paint contractor but does great
work and has very reasonable prices. HIs number is (510) 701-
I have been working with Petros of Athens Painting this week to
paint my new apartment in Berkeley. I found him to be very
gracious and personable. He heard from me my stress in moving
and getting everything done on time- and he accomodated my crazy
schedule, by working overtime. Then to my dismay, I realized
much I hated the color I picked for the living room! Petros has
seen to it to make time to go back to my apartment before I move
in to re paint it- at a very reasonable price. He has been
terrific in listening to me and calming my nerves. I found his
work to be really great- clean and professional. I will
recommend him to anyone who needs an honest man to do a great
paint job. Athens Painting- 510 637 8973
We have worked with Olson's Painting (Alameda) for one exterior
and two interior projects over the past 2 years. They have
always been extremely professional, schedule conscious, and make
the extra effort to be helpful. If we were told that the crews
would arrive at 8am in the morning, they would arrive at 8am.
During all jobs, the crews cleaned up every day and made sure
that equipment was put away. This was especially important
during the preparation period when they sanded - they would
vacuum sanding residue and chipped paint. On the last project,
they used an environmentally friendly paint which we greatly
appreciated. It was very noticeable how much less of a smell it
left when applied. Once our projects were completed, not only
did they complete touch-ups where needed and/or requested, they
cleaned behind our appliances before replacing them, cleaned our
fan blades prior to reassembling them, and put back our
furniture. They even replaced some dry-rot found around one of
our windows prior to painting - it was finished off very nicely
and worked better than before. The owner, Myron Olson, makes
sure that as his customer, you are happy and that your
expectations are met. You can contact Myron at 510-521-3351.
NEED A GOOD & AFFORDABLE PAINTER? I'd like to recommend Terry
with TLC Painting. Terry painted several rooms in our house
recently and did a perfect job. His bid was very reasonable, he
was friendly, very neat and paid close attention to details. He
painted extra trim and details that came up at no extra cost. We
are very happy with the finished living rooms and baby room and
plan to hire him again for the rest of our house- inside and
His phone # is 510-652-7933 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to good recommendations on BPN I hired Athens Painting. If
you choose to hire Petros I strongly urge you to get EVERYTHING
I highly recommend Payless Painting (www.paylesspainting.com).
They are a small, family owned and operated company in the East
Bay. I was very pleased with the work they did in my home -
friendly, efficient, easy to work with and great painters.
It's definitely worth getting a free estimate.
Guillermo Chicas (925) 759 7564 or (925)754 9713. Check out the
BPN archives. That's where I found him. We've used him and
referred him several times and are always thrilled with the
results and the prices.
I know a great guy who will do a high-quality job for a nice price:
I hired Miguel Iraheta (415)794-8299 to perform interior painting
in my 2 bedroom 1 bath home. He conducted the following work:
1. Primed all surfaces to be repainted.
2. Painted a large living room (14' x 11') -- two colors were
applied (one for the wall, other for baseboards and door casing).
2a. From the baseboard removed the black cable, filled holes,
3. Kitchen -- patched holes, spot-primed, and painted one wall
4. Bedroom -- patched holes, spot-primed, and touch ups
5. Primed and painted additional baseboards in kitchen and hallway.
6. Corrected ceiling/wall paint line w/ out repainting the
ceiling (a seemingly impossible task).
Miguel lives in San Francisco, and traveled to my home in
Berkeley to give me estimate on a Thursday evening during rush
hour traffic. He showed up on time, took his time reviewing my
home, made suggestions, and his estimate was unbeatable and fair.
Miguel met and exceeded my expectations, and went beyond the work
I asked him to do to improve my home. On the day the work was
supposed to be performed, he showed up at the agreed upon time,
and went to work immediately. He's professional, friendly, and
gets the job done so beatifully.
His prep work is noteworthy. He spent A LOT of time putting down
plastic sheeting and taping it to the walls to protect the hard
wood floors and the new tile floor in the kitchen. After
removing all the switch plates, he even covered the switches with
tape, etc. Even our tile guy noticed he was above average.
FYI, my entire home was repainted about a year ago, and the
tenants badly damaged one wall to the point that the wall looked
like it was painted 5 years ago. I did not need to have the
whole kitchen repainted so he took a little chip, and had the
paint matched. The result was unbelievable! It looked identical
to the rest of the kitchen. A perfect match.
He painted the living room in the color I specified, and hand
painted the baseboards w/out tape! The final result was perfect,
and all the patch work was AMAZING. He made little holes
disappear and made walls look brand new.
The work he did beyond my asking included a wall in the kitchen.
It had this light black streak on it and I did not ask him to
remove it or paint, when I came around later in the day it was
gone. It was like brand new.
I've written a recommendation before, but I'm doing it again
because I really loved working with Arana Residential and
Commercial Painting. They did an interior job for me and handled
it so nicely. Ernesto helped me choose the colors, his crew
protected my floors, and left everything cleaner then they found it.
Exterior home shingles treatment
Our exterior home shingles need to be painted with wood
preservative and treated. Can anyone recommended someone who
has done a good job with this kind of exterior treatment?
Thanks in advance!
I highly recommend Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973. They are very
on time and neat! I have shingles on my house and they came out very nice.
www.athenspaintingco.com Great results!
Meticulous, detail oriented painter
Anyone have a reasonably priced painter for an interior
job? A meticulous, detail oriented person who will stay on the
job, rather than farm it out to laborers is preferred. Thank you
Miguel Iraheta is wonderful! He does the work himself and is very reasonable. He also
pays great attention to detail! If you go to the website: http://painter.laborfair.com/
is on the first page about 3 down. Best of luck!
Petros from **Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973 does all of his
own work. Great local guy from the East Bay. Licensed, and takes
pride in everything he paints. Very detailed, and neat. Great
prices and very trustworthy. Great interior and exterior quality
work. Petros was trained in Europe and he does marbeling and
faux finish texturing as well if you want to take your look up a
notch! Call (510) 637-8973 or athenspaintingco.com
I can confirm the excellent work that Abel Beltran and his crew does.
Hari Charendas is an excellent painter. He does all the work himself. He is
incredibly hardworking, reasonable priced and personable. He painted the interior
of my house and my nursery school I recommend him highly. He can be reached at
Feel free to contact me, Michelle, at (510) 527-2362 if you would like to discuss his
I highly recommend Gil Cohen for all your painting needs. He's
done both the inside and outside of our house, is highly detail-
oriented, and is so pleasant to work with. He's also a great
handyman -- helping us with broken windows, cabinets, etc. Gil
can be reached at (510)233-5783 or www.freshpaintbygil.com
I have had many great experiences with Thousand Oaks Painting. They have always
given me good prices and they are very professional. On time every day, well organized
and quick to complete a project. Call (510) 410-6806 and talk to Bruce, Roland or
Mark. I've had a lot of projects over the years and for painting, all I've ever needed
know were those three words: Thousand Oaks Painting.
Another Satisfied Customer
I recommend Alan Chausse (1-650-400-4885). He does work with a
crew, but is onsite most of the time. He's thorough and punctual.
I used Arana Residential and Commercial Painting for the interior
of my home (not a rental property) and they did such a great job.
Ernesto was hands on the project and his guys were extremely
polite. They protected my floors and furniture and everything
looks so crisp and clean. They also used the top recommended
paint from Benjamin Moore and it made our color choices stand out
This is current - he just did work for us in March. He does
not subcontract - does the work himself. He is meticulous,
spends time prepping so that the end result looks great.
He's offering lower rates due to the economy (our needs and
Also a great personable guy.
I have a rental in SF and Cydney Ortzow Painting did the interior and it looks great.
Also, the exterior back was done and it matches the existing front. Everything was
kept neat and all was done in a timely manner. Her phone number is 510-652-4034.
Her web site is www.co-painting.com.
Painter- after interviewing 4 painters, I hired Esbin who was highly recommended by
this site. I chose him because his price was one of the lowest and I liked his
demeanor. He is not pushy or aggressive. His work was neat, professional and quick.
He did an excellent job. He was assisted by his brother. I felt comfortable leaving
them in the house with doors and windows open. His phone: 925-382-3440, or
I recommend you use Phils painting 510-317-1844 He's great with
both interior and exterior painting. He has done several job
for us. I found off the BPN and have been pleased with his
impeccable attention to detail and his reasonable rates.
Licensed paint contractor for interior and exterior
Hi, I am looking for a painter to paint both interior and
exterior of my home. I would like to have a licenced contractor
with good references....any suggestions???
I used Jeff Mertens (510-520-4467 or 510-849-3704 )for painting both the
and the outside of my home. I liked his work and his crew so much that I have
recommended him to several friends. We all think he does a great job for a
Hari Charendas painted the interior of my house, and he has also painted the
of my day care center. He is excellent - he is professional and reasonably
priced. He is
reliable and easy to have working in your home environment (a quality I
He paints exteriors, I know, but I have not had him do this kind of work. Feel
contact me -
I highly recommend Jeff Mertens Painting. They did a wonderful job, very
the preparation which is very important, were considerate and timely, and
every day. They painted the outside a couple of years ago, and the inside last
Jeff also included a color consultation. His phone number is 510-520-4467.
I HIGHLY recommend ATHENS PAINTING CO. (510) 637-8973
They are licensed and very professional. Petros the owner is
trained in Europe and he is friendly, on time, and very neat.
You will love the beautiful results! Check out the website at
www.athenspaintingco.com. (510) 637-8973.
I recommend Jim Bezanson of Bayview Painting as an excellent
painting contractor with years of experience in residential and
commercial work including older homes needing restoration. I
hired him for my Craftsman style home which had terrible cracks
in the lath and plaster walls and even left him the keys while
we went away for 2 weeks. He has great technical know-how for
complicated problems and the soul of an artist and has even
given some of my friends good advice on their color selections,
a bonus when one cannot decide which color to choose! Call Jim
Bezanson 510-593-6893 cell and say Judy referred you.
I enthusiastically recommend a WONDERFUL painter based on the
following recommendation posted by another user of this
network: ''Jose Abel Beltran was recommended to me by a
fantastic local cabinet maker who said his work was outstanding
(I needed my cabinets painted). I hired him to paint my cabinets
and we ended up also having him paint our kitchen and the
exterior of our house. He is exceptional at what he does, takes
great pride in his work, is affordable, and equally important,
he is a TRUE gentleman, very honest, very reliable, clean,
friendly, and a joy to work with. He worked for many years for a
large painting contractor and he's recently started his own
painting business. I will hire him again for ANY painting
projects that I have. I know you'll be happy with him. He's a
gem! His cell: 415-225-5624.
My experience duplicates the above. I called two references and
he got rave reviews. His other number is 415 585-5116. He does
interior and exterior.
You should try Athens Painting Company in the East Bay (510-637-
8973). The guy was really nice, professional and did an awesome
I would highly recommend Antonio Chavarria from De Colores
Painting. He is a licensed painter. I hired him based on many
positive reviews I read on BPN and yelp. We had 2 bedrooms
painted. Both rooms had picture rail moldings, the door and
window trims were not simple, straight lines, so the paint job
was pretty intricate. Antonio's crew did a great job on the
trims. I was really pleased with how the trims turned out.
There were a lot of back and forth initially about removal of
wall paper and paint color. Antonio was very patient and
accommodating through the process. Throughout the whole job, he
kept saying he wants us to be happy with the job and he held true
to that. We are happy with the paint job that he did and will
hire him back for future paint jobs. Antonio is easy to work
with and honest. His rate is reasonable. Contact Antonio at
I can highly recommend AKD Construction & Painting. They
painting both the interior and exterior of my craftsman and did
an excellent job. Clean and fast. Yes they are licensed. You
can reach them on 510-381-9399.
Universe Painting, Asen Angelov, 510-520-2171. They do terrific
work, are fast and clean. What more can you ask? If you call,
he'll get back to you that day, and if you ask for a bid, it will
come in 1 or 2 days. Everyone in the crew works super hard and
are very professional (no bad language or loud music or lunch
trash strewn around).
We just had Joe Carlig paint out kitchen and he's the best
there is as far as I'm concerned. This is my review from yelp:
I met Joe at the paint store where he was kind enough to give
me a lesson in painting ceilings when he overheard my
frustration filled conversation with the nice lady working the
register at East Bay Paint. He took time out of his busy
schedule to give a complete stranger a lesson. I thought that
was pretty cool so I got his card and had him over to bid on
the kitchen work we were planning to do (a living room I can
handle, but a kitchen and its cabinets is far above my skill
level as a weekend warrior). Not only was his bid competitive,
but he was 100% honest about the length of time it would take
to do the work and even offered to show me some things I could
do to make the prep time less lengthy and thus make the job
less expensive. We hired him for the job and he showed up on
time, every time, did top notch work, and brought with him the
kindest, most hard working assistant I've seen in a long time.
Joe is what one might call a ''high end'' painter, accustomed to
doing big jobs in the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Bay
Area. But he's also willing to share his expertise with those
of us with fewer means. His rates are more than reasonable--he
appreciates what it means to be on a budget-- and the quality
of his work can't be exceeded.
You should call Sorin Feraru with Feraru&Associates Building and
Design. Sorin is a licensed contractor and has great
references.Before he started working at our project, we saw some
of his finished projects and we were completely amazed by the
quality of the work and the reasonable prices.During the whole
project, Sorin made miracles to our home.He had always answers to
all our questions and great ideas for improving our project.We
are very satisfied with everything and we highly recommend
him.His phone number is 510 228 7366 and website www.feraru.us
Re: house painting (inside). We have a fabulous house painter:
Tony Cataldo (510) 652-2836
He is meticulous, very reasonable, completely trustworthy, and
offering lower rates right now due to the economy.
I recommend Freddy Castillo, Barry Construction. He has been
painting for 20 years. Freddy works conscientiously and with
great attention to detail. His work is high quality at a fair
price. He is also happy to help with choices of color and
I recently moved to the Bay Area and found Arana Residential and
Commercial Painting through the BPN website. They did some of
both interior and exterior painting for me and they did a great
job. I appreciated that they recommended doing things that
spruced up my house and actually saved me money. I'm going to
need a complete exterior job next year and I will be calling them
I highly recommend Gil Cohen at http://www.freshpaintbygil.com/
for all your painting needs. He's done both the inside and
outside of our house, is highly detail-oriented, and is so
pleasant to work with. He's also a great handyman -- helping us
with broken windows, cabinets, etc. (we have two active boys!)
Gil can be reached at(510)233-5783. Feel free to email with
We live in Alameda and have used Phil's Painting 510-317-1844
for several jobs. First, we hired Phil to paint the inside of
our home. We wanted diffrent colors and needed lots of trim
work. From the very beginning to the end of the job Phil was
great. We trusted Phil and his stable crew immediately, so much
so, that we left for an unscheduled vacation while he was
painting the interior of our home and gave him a key.The
intreior paint job was so fantastic and Phil's attention to
detail so great that we hired him again to paint the outside of
our home. There was alot of stuco repair that needed to be done
to the exterior. When Phil was finished my 75 year old house
looked brand new. After we sold that house, we hired him again
to paint the interior of our new home, which included removing
50 years of bad wallpaper. Again, Phil did an impeccable job -
on-time and on-budget. The work was fantastic as usual and he
and his crew made our whole family (including our 2 small
children) feel comfortable. Our friends even commented on the
high quality paint job.
I have a fabulous painter and carpenter to recommend. He painted my
entire kitchen, including the cabinets. He worked for a number of
years for a green construction company and applied his skills in
our bathroom doing the finishing carpentry work. Our bathroom had
been remodeled but he came in spent hours putting on the finishing
touches before painting. I've seen few people pay so much attention
to detail. If you need someone to good work for you for a good
price, this is your man. Contact Colin directly at
email@example.com. Feel free to contact me for more
I want to recommend my painter Esbin. he did a wonderful job
paiting my house. I saw multiple postive feedback on the Parents
Netowrk about his work. that's how I chose him. his bid price is
in the low end of what we got. his work is excellent. esbin is
honest, professional and did execellent job. his prepping job is
especially good. that will ensure the paint will stay longer. he
is also a very good carpenter. he recommended and used redwood
replace my windows trimming for a very reasonable cost. our
look spectatcular after the painting. his phone #:
Hi - I've just had a great experience with De Colores Painting.
I'm usually very picky about the neatness and prep work, and I was very
happy with their process. They meticulously prepared their work
area, covering all floor and furnishings completely. In addition,
which is more than I can say for most of my previous painters,
they smoothed all the surfaces before priming and painting which
makes for wonderful results!
Also, I found Antonio and his team to be very easy to work,
Antonio seems like a good boss and is responsive to his customers.
I would highly recommend Athens Painting Co. (510) 637-8973
Petros is such a skilled painter. Professionally trained in
Europe. He has great rates and very neat. Also he has
incredible landscaping skills! www.athenspaintingco.com
Antonio Chavarria and his brothers recently painted our new
condo (three rooms, two colors in each room) and did a really
nice job. His company is called De Colores and the number is
(510) 390-2307. His rates were very reasonable and he made sure
I was very satisfied with the outcome. Our place looks
I would highly recommend Francisco Machado for interior painting.
He does some other work too, like dry wall and kitchen and bath
remodeling. We used him to paint several rooms in our house (on
two different occasions). He is on time, and had reasonable
rates. Edwin was his assistant who did most of the painting and
he was so polite and conscientious about his work. We were very
happy with the whole job. He can be reached at: 510-331-5942 or
I highly recommend Arana Residential and Commercial Painting.
They came out and did a fairly small interior project for me,
but Ernesto was knowledgable and he took care of our project as
if it was his top priority. Their pricing was competative
unlike other contractors, they cleaned up and left our house
immaculate and beautiful. Their number is 510-567-9559.
Painter to do several small inside jobs
Looking for a good painter to do several small inside jobs.
I recommend Marco Florian, he is a very good painter. He has
done very good painting jobs around our house as well as
tiling, building a fence and other small jobs. He is reliable,
honest, creative and easy to work with. YOu can contact him
directly @ 510-301-5629 or feel free to contact me.
I can recommend Antonio Chavarria.
My wife and I recently did a face lift to our kitchen. It was mostly
painting with a few new appliances and new counter tops. I wanted to
keep the 1940's cabinets. Lots of cabinets that needed cleaning
preping and painting. We had a small budget. Antonio's bid was right,
and he was so pleasant to talk to regarding the job that I wanted him
to do the work. Half way through the job we changed our minds about
one of the colors (after the first coat was done!) He handled that
smoothly and with humor and scheduled his guys to work the job till it
was done. The complexity of spraying the cabinets also required extra
time and he was willing to stand by the original bid. I was very
impressed with that. His company's name is De Colores Painting. He
can be reached at (510) 390-2307
Be sure to check around as painters seem to be as good as their recent
jobs. Also don't go with the cheapest. We did that twice on our
prevous house and it ended up costing double, once because they really
weren't professionals and made mistakes that were costly to fix. On
our new house we asked around and got many references, even went to
look at a few finished houses. We would highly recommend Joe Carlig
and his small crew. He is very knowledgeable, clean, skilled and
detail oriented. Even hung some new lights for us! He was really
wonderful with our kids too!
Our house looks great and we get lots of complements!
Joe Carlig 510-524-1397 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We used Kim at Woodhouse Interiors (Woodhouse Interiors
email@example.com)when we had just bought our
new house. We could not decide what we should do for our
windows or where our pictures and our furniture should go. Kim
was great. She walked through our house, talked to us about it
and spent time understanding our vision and our budget and came
up with a plan. Her suggestion for the window covering was
unique and greatly enhanced the look of our rooms and helped us
greatly balance our needs for privacy while being able to enjoy
our view and get lots of sunlight. The day Kim came in and
personally helped us put up our pictures was the first day we
knew this was our home. Kim had given us plans for not just
what we could do today but also more long term plans and we are
working towards making those happen. We love Kim's ideas!
For house painting, inside or out, I'd highly recommend Payless
Painting. They are a family run and operated small business in the
East Bay for almost 50 years. Payless Painting painted the interior
of my home and I couldn't be happier. Very friendly, very reasonably
priced and easy to work with.
We had Bob Antonelli and his crew paint the exterior of our house
in 2007, and recently hired him to paint the interior in
preparation for sale. We had a very tight schedule for the
interior work, and Bob and his crew worked hard to meet our
deadline. He was enthusiastic, helpful, and courteous throughout
- and most importantly, did a great job on the patching,
painting, and other little details that helped the place sell
quickly. If you're looking for a painter who takes pride in his
work and will provide more than just a quick cover-up, call Bob,
Stacy in Berkeley, CA
We have been lucky to know Neo Wright for twenty two years during
which time he has
painted almost every square inch, indoor and outdoor, of our 1911
Elmwood 4 BR
house. He does excellent preparation, caulking,glazing, patching (
and waterproofing. He is also a terrific guy to work with. I want all
BPN to know about
Recommendations on the cost and contractors
we just moved in to a house and would like to paint a couple of
the rooms. any recommendations on the cost and contractors?
Cost of painting really varies depending on what you're
painting over, how much prep is involved, if doing
doors/baseboards, etc. I highly recommend Payless Painting
(www.paylesspainting.com). They were very reasonably priced,
easy to work with and did a fabulous job on our house.
I highly recommend '' Dynamic Construction Group, Inc. The
owners name is Tracey Ansar Greenwell. He has a excellent
painter Nathan, who is professional, clean and fast. He
respects your home to minimise dust caused by sanding, and
asking to leave the room ''furniture free''. He also covers your
floors to prevent paint dropings/splashes even though I had not
seen Nate do anything like this whilst he was working. He has
experience in working on high end homes in Marin. I highly
recommend both. Tracey is a liscensed contractor: #909485. You
can call him at 510-996-8720 or email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can say I recommended him.
Hope this helps, and good luck with the paint job. I still love
looking at the great job Tracey and Nate did. :)
I loved working with Antonio Chavarria. His company is called
De Colores Painting. I was unsure whether or not I could get a
quality paint job for the interior of my house on a budget?
Boy, was I wrong! Antonio was recommended by a friend of mine
who really liked his work. Antonio showed up on time, he was
courteous, he took my questions seriously and his work was
impeccable. I was so happy I tipped him! Anyhow, you will be
glad you met him...a professional job AND a very reasonable
price AND an honest tradesman!
I'd like to reccomend DeColores Painting who recently painted my
new kitchen. They did a beautiful job, spent tons of time on
filling holes and prepping very detailed woodwork, and were very
neat during the process. There quotes were very reasonable
(about $350 for a medium sized bedroom with tons of hard angles)
and the owner Antonio Chavarria speaks English beautifully and is
a nice guy. I had a couple of quotes done and they were by far
the best deal. Antonio can be reached at (510)390-2307 or
email@example.com. I live in Orinda.
Reasonable and quality painter
We are looking for a reasonable and quality painter that does
exterior and interior work. We are in need to have the front of
our duplex painted (only the front)at this time and looking for
some good references.
Thank you kindly,
I highly recommend Paint Today, run by Jose Luis Daboin. Several
of my friends and family have used his company and have been very
happy with the work. He and his crew are also nice to have
around. Just as an aside, (I am a contractor working in
construction, so this is from experience), you don't want to go
too cheap with this work - you get what you pay for. Jose Luis
is reasonable (but not the cheapest out there, as everyone and
their mother says they can paint!); his work is good.
Jose Luis at Paint Today:
I am recommending a talented painter, Gabriel Lopez, (408)
210-9083, for exterior and interior projects. He has done both
for our house and we continue to use him for new projects and
touch ups. He and his team are very talented, professional and
easy to work with. His rates are incredibly reasonable. Give him
a call (you will glad you did) and let him know Lisa sent you.
Lamorinda interior house painter
Hi - has anyone got any great references for an interior house painter that is
located in Lamorinda area or will work there. I have read previous reviews on
and a couple of them won't come out here. We have several areas that need
and am looking for good work at reasonable price. Thanks.
Hari charan Das painted the interior of my house. He is an experienced
painter/contractor and extremely careful and conscientious. The results were
His rates were very reasonable. He is easy to have around and that's important
someone is working inside your house. He is a meditation and dharma teacher on the
weekends! I highly recommend Hari. You can write me if you want more details.
I enthusiastically recommend a WONDERFUL painter based on the
following recommendation posted by another user of this
network: ''Jose Abel Beltran was recommended to me by a
fantastic local cabinet maker who said his work was outstanding
(I needed my cabinets painted). I hired him to paint my cabinets
and we ended up also having him paint our kitchen and the
exterior of our house. He is exceptional at what he does, takes
great pride in his work, is affordable, and equally important,
he is a TRUE gentleman, very honest, very reliable, clean,
friendly, and a joy to work with. He worked for many years for a
large painting contractor and he's recently started his own
painting business. I will hire him again for ANY painting
projects that I have. I know you'll be happy with him. He's a
gem! His cell: 415-225-5624.
My experience duplicates the above. I called two references and
he got rave reviews. His other number is 415 585-5116. He does
interior and exterior.
I can't recommend anyone as highly as Aurel Painting. I just had
him do my upstairs floor-I live in a large Early Craftsman with
20' ceilings in places and the work he did is marvelous. He
takes great care every step of the way, sanding, priming, and
hand painting. No spray jobs here. Truly he is an artist and he
takes great pride. He is from Romania and is honest as the day
is long. His prices are very reasonable. I will be having him
back when the downstairs is finished. You can reach Aurel at
This guy is very good and the paint job is great:
our walls look great
I read your request for a good quality painter. I had De
Colores Painting company, the name of the Contractor is Antonio
Chavarria and I was very satisfied with his work. He painted my
living room, bedrooms and hallway. He also did an excellent job
painting the exterior section of my house. He pays attention to
all necessary details and his preparation procedures was of the
best quality. His phone # 510-390-2307
I have used De Colores Painting (510) 390-2307. Antonio, the owner, is really
meticulous and ensures the work he does is long lasting and of great quality. He is
super clean which I really liked. He recently painted the outside of my home and I
really pleased. My home is stucco, but on the top parts of the wood that were all
out and cracked, his crew took all the old paint off and made it look like new. He
the same on my wood windows. I am now using him for an inside job to do all my new
Marty Klein is a fantastic house painter, both interior and
exterior. He lives in Montclair but has no issues going through
the tunnel. He recently painted the exterior of our house and
was extremely helpful in color decisions and willing to try
several options out while my husband was making up his mind. His
prices are extremely fair, he is very reliable and cleans up
really well each and every day. He has also done quite complex
interior work for us and done a fabulous job. His home phone is:
510-339-2588 and his cell is: 510-332-1254.
I just had a very good experience with Bernardo Guerrero on a
small job. He works for a painting company and does jobs on his
own when he's not otherwise occupied. He smoothed out some old
cracked plaster walls and did a nice job prepping and painting
the walls and molding in our bedroom and in a new bathroom and
laundry room we just added. He also patched and painted our
porch. Bernardo has his own equipment (sprayer, power washer,
etc.), was very punctual and cleaned up well afterwards. I bought
the paint myself (using his contractor discount) and he charged
us $22 an hour for labor. Benardo's cell phone is (510) 875-3213.
Bernardo's English is fair but you can also try his wife Gloria
(she is a native English speaker). Her cell phone is (510) 921-1495.
I had good luck with Arana Residential & Commercial Painting 510-567-9559. They
did a great job on the exterior of my house, paying attention to small details, and
cleaning up after themselves every day. Everyone on their team was friendly and
respectful, and they were able to do all of the work on schedule and on budget. I
would recommend them without hesitation.
Top Quality House Painter
I am searching for a Top Quality House Painter and A's De
Colores Painting Company, Contractor's name is ANTONIO CHAVARRIA
was recommended to me. I would like to know if anyone has had
the opportunity to use their services. Please let me know
immediately because I am in need of having my home painted,
Thank You very much!!!
We used Antonio Chavarria (510) 390-2307 for our exterior house
painting job. His company name is De Colores Painting. My wife
always reminds me that I'm not one to compliment often but I
liked him from the first appointment. He was on time,
professional, knowledgeable and very concerned with really
making sure I got exactly the paint job I wanted. I really
appreciated his attention to detail, the care he took with our
house and how pleasant and attentive he was any time my wife
called with a question. The price was good, his work was top
quality and we have recommended him to 3 different friends and
2 of my business associates. If you want to work with a great
painter, you won't be disappointed!
I recently had the interior of my house painted by Hari charan Das. He is an excellent
painter, reasonably priced. Any work done in one's home involves having the painter
around for a while, and Hari has a calming, friendly, low key presence as he goes about
doing beautiful work in an efficient manner. He's lived in Berkeley for 16 years and is
a dharma and meditation teacher on the weekends. I HIGHLY recommend Hari and you
can contact me for more details if you'd like. He can be reached at 848-1465
J. Allan Chausse did an excellent job house painting for me
(exterior, but he does interiors as well). The house looked
fabulous when he was done. Showed up on time, gave a good bid,
communicated well, completed on time and on budget. He went the
extra mile to work with me. Nice guy, knows his stuff, good
crew. I have his phone number as 650-400-4885.
We just had a very good experience having the exterior of our house repaired and
painted by Bob Antonelli ( cell 415-724-4301). We hired Bob over some of the other
painters from whom we got bids because he was so thorough and detail-oriented
when he looked at our house. He noticed all kinds of things nobody else had
commented on, and he had ideas for solving problems and fixing things that went
way beyond just a paint job (such as waterproofing, fixing brick stairs, replacing a
rotted threshold, securing handrails, repairing downspouts, etc.). He also had ideas
about adding some nice aesthetic touches (such as putting up shutters on our front
windows). The quality of the work he did was very high, and he and his workers
were always very considerate and pleasant to deal with. We got both lower and
higher bids for painting our house, but we felt we got excellent value from Bob
A happy customer
I highly recommend Alicia ''Joey'' Brite, house painter and color consultant.
years, she's helped us choose colors for all the rooms of two different houses.
recommendations have been spot on time and again. When we moved, she looked
at our new living room and said ''This color here, that color there'' but I
had a better idea. After painting out one wall with my ''better idea'' it was
that I am no match for her twenty years of experience (big surprise!). We
doing exactly what she had suggested to begin with -- and we get compliments
the time. It's perfect. She's an incredible house painter, too -- interior
exterior. Super thorough and conscientious prep work (including wall repairs),
really clean and fast painting. She also helps with furniture placement,
decorating enhancements, and does top-notch faux finishes. Joey's an amazing
resource! Her phone number is (510) 459-6072 and her website is
Need to paint my garage walls and floor
I am looking for someone to paint my garage walls and floor. The floor will need
sanding. Looking for a painter that does quality, long lasting work for a reasonable
price. If anyone knows someone I would appreciate a recommendation, and a possible
price for a single car garage paint job. Thanks.
East Bay Home Owner
I highly recomend Marco Florian, he has done numerous jobs for
us, including painting all the interior of our house, he also
did the most fabulous job building our fence. He is very
reasonably, very reliable and hard working man. He is very easy
to work with. He also does any job from title, painting, sheet
You can call him directly @ 510-301-5629
I gave a recommendation earlier in the newsletter and will repeat
it here: J. Allan Chausse did an excellent job of exterior house
painting for me late 2007. Reliable, good price, good
communicator. Contact him at 650-400-4885.
Re: Painting a Dutch Door
A very fine painter and firm is Esbin Aguilar Quality Painting.
Esbin has done several projects for me including painting
extensive gum wood trim and hutch, interior plaster, new
sheetrock and exterior stucco of an old house with extensive
caulking, wood trim and in need of careful elastameric caulk and
paint. He has also done plaster patching which my contractor said
would not be possible to do. Esbin did it perfectly so that the
repair work is not detectable. Esbin and his team are terrific,
reliable, and fairly priced. Esbin and his brother Aldo are great
to have around during painting projects. I have worked with a
number of painters in the past, and I intend to only work with
Esbin in the future. Esbin's number is 925-382-3440
Painting a Dutch Door
For a painter with attention to detail, I would recommend Roger
Mejia. He recently painted an interior bedroom (latex)and
bathroom cabinet and trim (oil) and did a fabulous job. He is
kind and easy to work with. His cell is (510) 692-1275. Good luck!
Good painter for exterior
We need to have our house painted and are looking for a good
housepainter. Any recommendations?
Berkeley house owner
I highly recommend Enrique Rodriguez at 510-232-1899. He has done
both exterior and interior painting for me, and does high
quality, reasonable work.
I highly recommend Bob Antonelli cell 415-724-4301. We hired him
to paint the exterior of our house but he also does carpentry and
repair work as needed for a proper paint job (replacing rotted
wood, patching plaster) etc. My wife and I are architects and we
were very happy with his honesty and his top quality work. Tell
him Sharon and Todd recommended him.
Try Yvonne Kettels of She Custom Building - 510-520-0295. She does great work, is
skilled, experienced, responsible. Yvonne is experienced painting both interior and
exterior of houses. She is careful and efficient. Has done lots f work for me
fence, deck, shelves, window seat, kitchen and bath ), and for friends, and families
After some bad luck looking for a house painter a friend
recommended Alexis Calcano at Calcano painting. The owner,
Alexis did all the painting himself with one assistant prepping
and he was very responsive to our questions and needs, showed up
when he said he would and did a great job. He also took care to
leave things clean at the end of the day. I can't tell you how
much this meant to my wife who had a HORRIBLE experience before
when remodeling. He came back promptly once to take care of
small details even after we had paid him which we also
appreciated. The price was fair as well. He painted the
exterior of our house but I believe he also does interiors too.
His phone # is 510-384-8570.
If you are looking for a house painter. I just had a work done
in my house by this fantastic painter from German. He is very
detail on his work, reponsible and do a great job. He has over
20 years of experience and went to school to learn how to paint
houses the right way. He was highly recommended by a friend of
mine as he has done work for several of her friends. If you
would like to get in touch with him send him an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of the type of work you
need to get done and ask for an stimate or appoitment.
I highly recommend Ahmet Yeksek of Options Painting. Ahmet has done numerous
painting jobs for us, including both exterior and interior painting and (interior)
coating of plaster walls. He and his men are extremely competent and reliable, and
fees are exceptionally reasonable. He can be contacted at (415) 420-5061 or
I recommend Arana Residential & Commercial Painting. Ernesto and
his crew painted the exterior and interior of our 4,000 square-
foot house in Berkeley in summer 2007 and did an excellent job.
The price was great and the workers were very nice, hardworking
and reliable. Nice family-owned business. You can reach them at:
Janice and Dan
There's a great painting contractor--Cydney Ortzow Painting. She has extensive
experience and she pays attention to details. She has painted some complicated
houses such as Victorians where there's lots of detail. Her number is 652-4034.
Her website is www.co-painting.com.
We recently had the interior of our house painted by Nick Gobbi Painting and
Restoration and I highly recommend him. He is my neighbor so I was already
familiar with the excellent work he did on the exterior of the house next door. In
addition to wanting to change the color of a few rooms, we wanted the look of our
woodwork, windows and french doors to be improved substantially. Previous paint
jobs had been sloppy leaving drips and clumps on the walls and woodwork. Some
windows were painted shut and all the woodwork had paint that was chipping and
peeling. Nick did an excellent job cleaning up and repainting the windows (they all
work now!), doors, baseboards and walls. He is not the cheapest painter out there,
but he is a great choice if you are looking for quality work and attention to detail.
also wanted to use low VOC paints and Nick helped me find products with very low
off-gasing of harmful chemicals. He is also a great guy and new dad so you would
be supporting a small local business and neighborhood family. Details below
provided by Nick:
Nick Gobbi Painting and Restoration. Interior, Exterior, not the cheapest, but high
quality; cabinet refinishing; plaster and drywall repair; specialty finishes;
of low VOC paints... (510)295-9654.
Someone earlier recommended Bob Antonelli. I have to say that
I do NOT recommend him. I did not have a good experience with him. (I was
disappointed since he had such good recommendations from a long time ago on the web
portion of BPN.) He kept making
commitments to do things and then he'd never ever show up; this
went on for months. Sorry!
I ALSO must add to the list of unhappy customers of painter Bob
Antonelli. He talks a good talk, but did not follow through on
any of it. His staff did a marginally decent job, but took 3
months instead of 1 month (going into the rainy season); whole
house is now covered in bubbled-up paint; at one point, he even
asked me to go pick up the paint for his staff who were waiting
around at my house! He kept calling me for months afterwards,
promising to make it right (since I withheld some payment) -
yeah, right. I can confirm all these facts as needed.
I have really appreciated the follow-through and attention to
detail from MB Jessee Painting and Decorating. Phone 510-655-
7361. They did a superb job on my exterior q I think I only
found one spot that needed a touchup, and I'm a picky
customer...everything else was PERFECT! They recently did the
interior, and actually it wasn't as good as I wanted it the
first time, and they were absolutely committed to redoing it
for me so that I was happy.
Rahel, a picky customer
We found Myron Olson from BPN reviews, and on interview he had
all the right answers for making our interior paint lead-safe,
repainting our exterior trim and varnishing our new shingles.
What ensued included: lead paint chips scattered all over the
yard where our daughter's co-op plays, incorrect shingle coating
chosen and then repeatedly sprayed on with no back-brushing (our
new cedar shingles are now laquered orange), mismatched color for
the interior touch-up poorly applied, windows all painted shut,
and exterior trim that is already peeling. Most of this was due
to there being little or no supervision of the crew. In hindsight
we should have terminated the contract much sooner, but we wanted
to give him the chance to make amends. When we said we wouldn't
pay for the work until it was satisfactory he threatened us with
legal action. With the help of a lawyer we averted this, paid him
off, and will contract another painter to finish the job properly.
Sadder and wiser
Response from Myron Olson:
Its regrettable the owner was dissatisfied with our services, but every
reasonable attempt was made to resolve the situation in a mutually agreeable
manner. Olsons Painting prides itself on being part of the few elite teams of
licensed painting contractors (License #706404) that has been educated on lead
safe practices at U.C. Berkeley and through Alameda County Lead Poisoning
Prevention. Lead safe practices are used at all times as described in our BPN
September 2006 review. On this specific project, Olsons Painting went above
and beyond its contractual obligation such as offering to remove all freshly
applied Cabot stain from the owner's cedar shingles. The owner was unhappy with
the visual outcome of the stains final appearance. The owner declined our
generous offer of stripping and restaining. We recommend that homeowners and/or
their painters apply stain samples on the desired location prior to final
approval. This will eliminate any
confusion. The appearance of the finish will vary depending upon the porosity
and color of the wood surface. Thank you BPN members for your continued support
and positive reviews (July-December 2005, September 2006, June 2007, and January
2008) recommending Olsons Painting (510) 521-3351. We look forward to serving
you on all your interior and exterior needs, large and small. All our work is
Myron Olson, Olsons Painting
You have to try our painters. They have painted our house here
in SF and they have painted houses for friends and clients of
ours all over the Bay. They pay an incredible amount of
attention to detail, they never skimp on materials, they really
take care to prepare your house and they are so NICE! They
took care of all of our shrubbery and trees around the house
and were so careful of our indoor areas when they came in.
Everyday the jobsite was clean and neat and tidy and everyone
was so polite. When I needed help, I called and got assistance
right away. Their price was competitive! It certainly wasn't
the lowest, but I didn't want a cheapy job. All of our friends
have raved about their work too. I have to say, I am one PICKY
customer and I am nothing but smiles!
ARC (Arana Residential & Commercial) Painting did an amazing
job painting our home in Montclair recently! I can recommend
them totally and absolutely. (would've done so much sooner but
we've been out of town for a long vacation.)
They primed and painted our brand new doors and windows,
leaving no detail unattended and were thoroughly clean and
professional. We also loved how they are a local, family
business. Just call Catherine Baldi (510-567-9559) or check out
their website: www.arc-painting.com
Good luck with your project!
When we needed to get our house ready to sell we called Action
Plus Painting (Michael Kim Owner) 510-913-7000. In my opinion
they did an excellent job and were very good about cleaning up
each day. The owner checked in with us frequently to make sure
we were satisfied with their progress. And he came back at the
end and did the final inspection and touch up himself. I will
use him again when I need my house painted.
We recently had the entire exterior of our house painted by
Olson's Painting (510-521-3351.) Their work was excellent and
the price was very competitive. They did a thorough job of
patching all our stucco cracks and sanded and prepped all of
the wood trim. Several neighbors commented on how great the
house looks and how hard working our crew was (the job foreman,
Omar, was fantastic.) They were very responsive to our
questions and left the space very tidy at the end of each day.
We would have them back anytime.
Jenny, North Berkeley
We found a fabulous house painter named Carlos Santana. He
does great work, is very reasonable, is very considerate and
works very hard to make sure you are 100% satisfied. He does
small and large jobs. Email me if you have questions about
him. His number is 510-575-5157
Tony Cataldo has painted for me for years and is completely
reliable and reasonable and works very efficiently and quickly.
You can count on him to show up exactly when he says he will, and
finish on schedule. Very considerate, takes care to do all the
proper prep and clean-up with low impact to the rest of the
house. Works Oakland and Berkeley primarily, call 290-6095 cell
or 652-2836 home.
This is an unsolicited post for a great painter: Jose Abel
Beltran. We recently bought a large old house and had another
painter lined up to start work immediately after close of
escrow (we had only two weeks to get the job done as we were
moving out of a rental). Two days before work was due to start,
the other painter bailed and I found 5 alternatives on this
website. Of the 5, Abel was the lowest bid (and the nicest guy
and was able to start immediately.
He worked from 7 am to 8pm every day (and also worked weekends
to get it done which included all trim, ceilings and walls for
a 3000 sq ft house + painting the interior and exterior of my
wood kitchen cabinets. The downstairs has 100 year old oak
panelling to waist height throughout and that was carefully
protected. Abel also re-caulked all the edging between the wood
edges and walls which resulted in a great finish.
Abel has lots of experience with a large contractor and is
starting his own business which means he is hungry for work and
intent on building a great reputation. He can be reached on 415-
Recently Pacific Northwest Painters in Alameda (510-523-8108)
painted the outside of my house. Their carpenter also made a
window to replace a rotted window and replaced a cracked pane of
glass in another window. They were courteous and pleasant to
work with at all times. They cleaned up around my house after
the job was finished. I'm pleased with their work.
I almost hate to post this in case she gets too busy from
people calling her, but a wonderful painter is Patricia Dunne
of Dunne Painting. Several friends had reffered us to her and
we adore her. she has done inside and outside work for us, is
very fair in her prices and her crew is not only very nice but
very clean. i have given her name to two friends and they love
her too. i actually wish i had more work to give her she's that
great. Give her a call and tell her leigh sent you. 415-516-
I want to add my recommendation for Phil Lawhun of Phil's
Painting. I found him through the BPN and he was one of three
companies I spoke with about painting my home. I chose him
after clients on his reference list spoke very highly of him.
He did a great job painting my house. Previous residents had
done shoddy paint jobs and Phil had to spend quite a bit of
time prepping the stucco to be painted properly. He and his
crew were punctual, pleasant and did keep the yard in good
If you need interior or exterior painting, consider calling
him. His phone number is (510) 317-1844
I am recommending a FANTASTIC PAINTER, ABEL ALFARO. Abel came into our lives
after a friend recommended him during a major remodel. He painted every room in
her house except for one. He has since come to our house to do 4 projects. At
5 of our other friends and neighbors have also used Abel based on our
recommendation and have had great experiences with him. Many have also hired
him back for multiple jobs. Abel is extremely detail oriented, does general
handyman work (electrical, drywall, etc), is honest, hard working, has amazing
ethic, is a family man and is sweet with our kids. Abel is always willing to do
we ask of him (and more), and says yes with a smile on his face. He comes when he
says he will be here and leaves the job site tidy. We used to be do-it-yourselfer
painters. We did a nice job, but ever since Abel started painting we realized his
is far superior and have not picked up a paintbrush since! Call Abel directly at
932-2383 cell or (510) 724-3545.
I want to highly recommend Terry Roedel, of TL Painting. Terry is
very professional , neat and tidy, quick and his rates are
incredibly reasonable. He'll do small jobs or large with the same
meticulous, organized and professional manner. I have referred
him to my clients with complete confidence and have also worked
with him personally. If you are considering any painting project,
indoors or out, give Terry a call at 652-7933.
Our house painter was Terry Richards of Transformations
Painting, 925-228-4879. He is a small business owner that takes
pride in his work. He did a great job at a fair price. Terry
will consult with you to determine the right colors for your
home. We were very pleased with his work.
Go Bears/Giants berkeley mom
Terry Roedel is a great painter who is very neat and meticulous
and quite reasonably priced. He's willing to do small jobs as
well as large ones. I'm a designer/color consultant/faux
finisher, and have been highly recommending him to my own
clients. He's also very trustworthy and clean cut. Give Terry a
call at 652-7933.
lEsbin Aguilar runs a spectacular, unofficial paint company
with several of his relatives. They all work hard and very
carefully, and are extremely responsive to any issues that you
may raise with them. My house was completely transformed by his
work, instantly going from the worst appearing house on the
block to one of the best. Although he has a 925 phone number, a
lot of his work is in Berkeley and Oakland. Last Christmas day
(2006), my mother and I drove around Berkeley and Oakland to
compare his work with that of a formal, licensed company whose
bid was about 60% higher than Esbinms. I expected to find that
the official companyms work was better but the question I
expected to answer was whether they were better enough to
justify the higher price. In fact I found to my surprise that
Esbinms work was clearly better. Due to the rain I then waited
until the following June, six months later, to do the job and
he honored the original bid. He is from Guatemala and some of
his workers donmt speak that much English but he definitely
speaks well enough to do a job with him and his wife is fluent
in English and can translate for particularly complicated
requests, if need be (though I doubt it would be necessary).
Esbin operates informally, which is no problem for someone of
his caliber, but if you do want a formal signed contract you
will have to make sure it happens. He is happy to do it. He
also seems unaware of California law that all payments to
contractors (including painters and including supplies) happen
upon satisfactory completion of a job. I ended up compromising
on this point even though I probably didnmt have to. This is
not at all a criticism of him though and I would give him the
highest possible recommendation. You can reach Esbin at 925-382-
My house is being painted right now by Raphael Silva. (415-680-5987 - ask for Raphael) Cynthia
We are very happy with the paint job just completed on our home
in El Cerrito by Todd of TLC painting. Phone is 510-703-4777. E-
mail address: tzboray[at]earthlink.net. Our house had had peeling
paint for many years. Toddms crew did a very thorough prep
job, including filling, priming then filling and priming a
second time prior to applying the paint. He had a crew of 3-5
people working hard for a week and a half, completed the job
and left the work site extremely clean and professional
looking. Todd included replacement of rotten wood on stairs
and handrails as part of his work and the result was a huge
improvement in the appearance of our home. He protected our
shrubs, pruning them but leaving them mostly intact. His price
was fair and he gave us the option of upgrades on paint quality
and other details. He and his workers took care of everything,
including repairing the stairs while we were out of town, to
minimize any inconvenience to us. He was able to do the job on
fairly short notice. Many of our neighbors have commented on
the high quality of his work. I would recommend his paint
company without reservation.
We recently needed to have the exterior of our home in Alameda
painted. Being first time home owners we didn't really know
what to expect regarding price. We consulted five different
companies and the five bids were all over the place. Olson's
Painting was the company we chose because of the integrity of
the owner, Myron Olson. Upon meeting him the day of the bid we
felt we would be hiring a quality company that would honestly do
great work. We were right!
The crew was timely, professional and easy to work with. A
thorough clean up was executed every night before they left.
They took their time to ensure all the prep work was completed
and it shows in the final product.
We couldn't be happier with the way our house looks! Myron was
a pleasure to work with. He pays attention to detail and makes
you feel like your home is him most important job. We highly
recommend Olson's Painting. Their phone number is (510)521-
I would like to shout out a huge thank you to all the BPN'ers out
there who contacted Rafael Silva for painting work. I posted an
unsolicited review of his work last fall and he ended up getting
so much work that he came around to our house yesterday and
offered to paint our front porch for free!!
He's a really great guy, reliable and his prices and quality of
work are really great. He has done at least 6 houses now within
about a 4 block radius of our house and everyone has been pleased
with his work.
Contact: Rafael Silva, 415 680 5987
Feel free to contact me if you want to see the work he's done on
our house or others in our neighborhood.
I wanted to share my positive experience working with Ven
Crespo. We bought a fixer in the grandlake area and interviewed
several painters before we went forward. Ven was the crew
leader on our project and did a great job. Ven is now starting
his own business and I would recommend him for both interior
and exterior jobs. Because he is just starting up, he rates
are a bit lower than most. His phone is 925.382.3434
Bruce Dixon of Thousand Oaks Painting & his crew (849-9018, cell
410-6806) did an excellent job painting the interior of 2 stories
of my house, including lots of woodwork, small window panes, etc.
He was prompt, reasonable, did good work and pays attention to
detail, really wants the results to look nice and tries to go the
extra mile. He paints all types but especially enjoys working on
older houses. (In his free time, he's also very involved with
volunteer work and received an award usually given to charitable
organizations as ''Local Hero'' by the Newman's Own/Give Something
Back Business Products.)
I highly recommend Gustavo Anaya for house painting. Gustavo preps carefully,
works neatly, and cleans up thoroughly. He is responsible, friendly, and
accommodating-- really delightful to work with. His rates are very reasonable,
hems prompt. I would happily hire him and his wonderful staff to paint the
outside of my house again.
Gustavo Anaya can be reached at 510.860.8718.
Feel free to email me for more info.
I strongly reccomend Bob Antonelli. He painted the inside and
outside of my house and did a terrific job for a great price.
He has an excellent work ethic and I was very happy with him
and his crew. They also do some carpentry and have a can-do
attitude that is refreshing. His number is 415-724-4301
We've been quite happy with our painter, Sue Higbee 523-2936. We
had new windows installed and she painted the interior woodwork
and trim for us, and she also has painted our bathroom. She only
does interiors. I don't think that she is licensed. We were
very happy with both the quality and price.
Hi, I would like recommendations for a reasonably priced interior painter. Looking
someone who is available within the next month to paint two rooms and who can give
advice about removing or painting over wallpaper. Thanks!
I have recommended these people to so many of my friends and
clients in the East Bay and all of them have loved their work.
They are a family owned, local business, take great pride in
their work and they pay attention to all the important
details. It sounds like wallpaper and other cosmetic things
might need particular attention.
Anyhow, I've used them many times and have felt every penny was
extremely well spent. And to boot they are super nice peopleV
but they are good and well priced so sometimes they are booked
ahead for awhile. Tell them that Brandi referred you, they
will appreciate it.
Arana Residential and Commercial Painting 510-567-9559
One Happy Customer!
This is basically a re-post of my unsolicited review from a few
months ago. Karma does interiors as well as exteriors, and can
provide references from folks he's done that for.
I recently had my house painted by Karma Painting Service, and
had probably the best experience I've had with anyone who's
worked on my house.
Karma spent an hour or more just looking over the house to
prepare the bid. The bid he gave us was complete, clear and easy
He did meticulous prep work. He took care that no debris was left
behind, and no dust got into the house. He went back over certain
areas multiple times to make sure the work was up to his standards.
He and his crew were an active pleasure to have around. They
befriended both my dog and my young daughter.
When the front porch turned out to need close to half replacing
rather than minor repairs, he found us a pleasant, competent
carpenter to do the work. He was more than willing to do small
side jobs as he went along, and took care of a number of
maintenance headaches we'd never been able to get to.
He was incredibly patient with our indecision over color, and put
up innummerable samples for us.
I would say the work speaks for itself because the finished
product is quite beautiful, but you'd have to have seen the
neglected ''before'' to appreciate they way he brought the
shingles back to life. If you want to see what his work looks
me, and I'll send back our address.
He can be reached at karmatsewang[at]hotmail.com or 510 932-1298
I'm surprised at the negative reviews of Varsity Painting. I
used them this past summer to paint my two-story shingle house.
I got several bids - not only was theirs the least expensive,
they presented the bid and contract in a very professional
manner, with summaries of all expenses. The painters were
prompt and careful, cleaned up everything every day. They
repaired some shingles on the house and cheerfully added a paint
job for the garage. The house looks like new. I was very
satisfied with them.
I'd like to recommend Susanne George (510-289-0713)as an
excellent painter and color advisor. She helped me decide what
to do about color after I had paid quite a bit to a
color ''specialist'' only to be made very confused. After the
color scheme was clarified, she went on to paint several rooms
quickly, efficiently, and very neatly. She is pleasant,
reliable and also had connections to other tradespeople which
enabled me to get some carpentry and electricity work done
without having to wait endlessly and pay too much. Her price
was was also very reasonable.
I chose Varsity Painting after reading the negative and positive
reviews. I also read positive reviews on Bay Area Checkbook
website. I got several bids. Varsity's bid was in the middle.
I told the estimator that I was picky...He said that I would be
happy with the work. They sent out Frank Robles and I believe
Sebastian worked with him. They were a great team. They get
along great together and so the work environment was very
friendly and easy to be around. I don't care how much I could
have paid for the work, I could not have gotten any better
quality of work. Frank Robles is extremely skilled. He mixed
the colors since Benjamin Moore seemed unable to do it. On the
exterior I wanted a layer of sealer then 2 coats of stain. For
the interior, I used several colors. And although Frank was
feeling that he needed to complete the job within the time
estimated by the company as reasonable for the job, when time
ran over he still made every effort to be patient with me, do a
great job and get the job done quickly. After the work was done
I called Varsity to complain about some small damage done to a
piece of antique wood furniture. I wanted them to pay for
refinishing the drawer. Then, I decided that they had done such
a great job for me and had done everything I had asked for (and
I asked for a lot), that I didn't want to ask them to repair the
drawer and that I could pay for it. But, they said for me to be
sure to call them back if I changed my mind and I wanted them to
pay for the repair. So, I have to say the esimator said that I
would be happy with the work and I was very happy with the work
that Frank and Sebastian did for us. Every exchange that I had
with the company was positive.
Hello, I've been using a very good woman painter in the East
Bay: Susan George 510-289-0713. She is reliable, has given
me great color advice, works carefully and cleanly. Her price
is competative as well.
I want to highly recommend our house painter, Armando. He is an
amazingly skilled and professional painter. I know he has taken many
classes on painting and takes pride in his work and professionalism. He
can do exterior, interior, faux finishes, wood touch-up, etc. He is clean,
organized, responsible, and even great with my young boys (on his own
time, he taught one of them how to paint faux wood). He has all his own
equiptment and his rates are very reasonable.
I wanted to reaffirm the earlier positive reviews of Ted Reiner,
a truly service-oriented plumber. Ted has done several jobs
for me, including installing a new hot water heater.
Unfortunately, we had a run of bad luck in obtaining a new one
that worked (would you believe that two band new hot water
heaters could be defective?). The first service rep was not
helpful. Ted spent countless hours at no charge, working on the
heater and dealing with the supplier until we had hot water
again. He's someone that you can count on, which means a lot
nowadays. His office number is (510) 525-5335; cell is (510)
I want to recommend a fantastic painter and designer, Laura
Cusack. She just finished my son's ceiling, and now it has
literally hundreds of little glowing stars just like the real
nighttime sky. She even included a comet and my sonms favorite
constellation. I've never seen anything like it. My son & I
can't take our eyes off it at bedtime. Itms celestial magic!
And this isn't all that Laura does. I've seen her faux
finishes in a friendms house, and they're absolutely gorgeous.
All this, and shems incredibly nice to deal with. She'll help
you figure out what you want and she makes the process fun.
She has the most wonderful energy. Shems very reasonable too.
I can't say enough good things about her. Her number is 655-
We would once again like to recommend a great painting company:
COLOR TOUCH painting and decorating, run by Todd Worsfold. We
used them a couple of years back and recently had the pleasure of
working with Todd and his crew again. They have done both
interior and exterior work for us and have always been thorough,
exacting and professional. We have recommended them to friends
with stellar results! They have a web-site:
www.colortouchpainting.com The office number recently changed to
415 469 7261.
I would like to recommend Dave Davis, of Dave Davis Designs, for
interior painting and color consulting. I initially hired him for
painting only. But I soon realized that I also needed his
guidance in choosing paint colors in several rooms. He helped me
settle on colors that complemented each other and worked well
under different lighting conditions. He has an eye for detail and
does a meticulous job of painting. On top of that, he was fun to
have around and I feel like I made a friend in this process. I
would use him again, without hesitation. To reach Dave, call
510-684-0132 (cell) or 510-452-2591 (land line). Please feel free
to contact me by email for a reference
We recently used Esbin Aguilar to paint the exterior of our house and were pleased
with the results. He is very hard-working and has a great attitude and work ethic. His
english is not great, but it was not a problem, as his wife Karen speaks english well.
His cell is 925-382-3440
This past summer I hired Vaughn Painting to paint the outside
of my house, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
My house is a small stucco two-story, with modest amounts of
stucco detail. Steve Vaughn helped me enormously through his
advice about selecting a color palette that brought out these
details without ''shouting'' color or pattern. His crew are
extremely polite, hard-working, and careful. They also did a
terrific job in the prep work, and cleaned up thoroughly when
the job was done. I was also appreciative of Steve's
willingness to send one of his crew back (more than once) to
fix a stuck window, or whatever I requested. I had three sets
of workmen at my house this summer (roof, bathroom remodel, and
exterior painting), and Vaughn Painting clearly were the most
professional of the bunch. I would recommend Vaugh Painting
without hesitation for either interior or exterior painting.
I would like recommendations for a good inside house painter.
Someone who is reasonable, very neat, non-smoker, reliable,
timely and conscientious. Anyone have a great experience,
please let us know,
I wanted to enthusiastically recommend a WONDERFUL painter to
you. Abel Beltran was recommended to me by a fantastic local
cabinet maker who said his work was outstanding (I needed my
cabinets painted). I hired him to paint my cabinets and we ended
up also having him paint our kitchen and the exterior of our
house. He is exceptional at what he does, takes great pride in
his work, is affordable, and equally important, he is a TRUE
gentleman, very honest, very reliable, clean, friendly, and a joy
to work with. He worked for many years for a large painting
contractor and he's recently started his own painting business. I
will hire him again for ANY painting projects that I have.
I know you'll be happy with him. He's a gem!
His cell: 415-225-5624.
I would like to recommend an exceptional painter--Richard
Smith Painting-- Richard Smith and Nancy Brown are trustworthy,
thorough,detailed, talented and enjoyable. I have worked with
with them on several occasions and have been incredibly
impressed. Richard Smith 510-232-2362
I previously listed a great painter, Jeff Sibley. He specializes
in interiors, and takes great care to do the proper prep work.
He buys most of his supplies from Elmwood Hardware, a wonderful
family run business. He is also experienced in the use of
environmentally friendly/less smelly paints. Unfortunately I
listed the wrong number! He can be easily reached at 772-2753
Hi, I have to rave about our painter. They are called Arana
Residential and Commercial Painting 510-567-9559. Ernesto is
the owner and his wife Catherine does the business management
inside. Right from the start Ernesto was friendly and
personable and super professional. His pricing was very
reasonable and when I called his references they glowed about
the attention to detail he gave and how thorough he was.
I decided to try him and several jobs later I am so happy I did.
Ernesto has painted several jobs (big and small, inside & out)
for us. His work is impeccable, he is extremely thorough, super
hard working and his prices were terrific. I referred him to
some friends who have businesses and they have used him for
several of their office buildings and they couldn't say enough
about how much they loved their paint job. I especially like
that I'm working with a husband/wife team in a family
business. They really care about their customers and are so
friendly to work with. They are the best painters I've ever
used and though they are based in Oakland they have done jobs
for us in SF and Marin too!
How much does interior painting cost? What should the labor
be? We have high ceilings (18 feet) in the living room and
entry, and 8 foot elsewhere...no priming needed, very little
prep (new construction.) We need the ceilings, doors, walls
and trim work (not much moulding if at all...) Do painters
charge by the square foot of surface area? Or home's square
footage? Please educate us.
home needs paint!
Alonzo's Painting do very detailed interior and exterior paint
jobs. They are located here in Berkeley, and do a wonderful
job. If you call them they can easily give you a quote on what
you need. Their number is 510 204-9108, ask for Alfonso Alonzo.
Friend of a Friend
I am looking for recent recommendations for exterior house
painters for an older stucco house. Our house has not had a
decent paint job in many years, and it probably needs substantial
prep. We are also concerned that we get someone who can spot
cracks and do a good waterproofing job. On the other hand, this
is a 70 year old house, and we do not expect it to look brand
new. We have had two estimates already (from Bridge Painting and
Steve Vaughn, who is recommended on this network). There was
quite a spread in the estimates. We would like to get two more
estimates from more recent recommendations, and would also
appreciate comments regarding Bridge and Vaughn. Thanks!
Our 2 neighbors have just had their houses painted by GLM
Painters and they have been very
pleased with the jobs they have done. Both houses are similar to
yours - stucco, built in the 1910s-1920s, hadn't been painted in
many years. They did excellent work re-glazing windows, filling
cracks in the stucco and their attention to detail was amazing.
So amazing in fact that I hired them to do our living room and 2
bedrooms. And best of all, their rates were unbelievably
reasonable. email me if you'd like to come by and see their work
- we're in Oakland, Rockridge area.
License # 801635
229 Theresa St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 608-7152
Office: (415) 401-0798
We had our 80 year old stucco house painted this summer. We
had extensive cracks that needed to be repaired and we wanted
waterproofing as well since we had leaks last winter. We got
several estimates and decided to go with Olson's Painting. The
owner is Myron Olson and was recommended on BPN. His number is
521-3351. He's really down to earth, easy to work with and it
was a pleasure to have his crew at our house for a week. They
were thorough and did a terrific paint job. You would never
know we had all those cracks. He also pays particular
attention to lead containment which is important with children
in our home. And on top of it all, he gave us one of the
lowest estimates and was very flexible with the scheduling
since we were waiting for other contractors to finish their
work first. When we need more painting, we will definitely
We have an old mission style home in the hills that badly needed
a serious paint job. After a fair amount of research and several
bids we settled on Todd Zboray of TLC Painting -- it turned out
to be a very lucky choice. He was immediately responsive, and
although not as charismatic a salesman as some of the other
folks -- including one obviously very good painter who keeps
showing up on the BPN list -- very straight ahead, easy to work
with and totally honest. He was ready to paint right away, bid
the job at a very competitive price and said he would be done
within a week, despite the enormous amount of prep and finish
our old home needed. Todd and his hard-working crew did a superb
job on both the prep and the paint and finished on time,
bringing in a lots of great help when the crunch came. I'm
fairly fussy about thoroughness and detail and I was quite
satisfied with both. He was pleasant and totally professional
throughout the job, took on some added work that I didn't expect
but was so glad to learn about and always showed up on time.
What's more, I felt very good and safe about leaving the house
with my family inside as the painters worked outside and inside,
as I did when no one was home. Cleanup was adequate, but I may
be too rigorous about that. I hired him again to paint some
interior spaces and was once again very pleased. I've worked
with a lot of interior and exterior painters over many years and
Todd is the man. You can reach him at 510 703 4777 or
I would like to recommend Esbin Aguillar he painted my other
house, his price was the lowest of 5 I received, he is a great
painter, please consider Esbin, he has painted for my friends
too, he was very flexible also did a good cleanup once the job
was finished. He also changed my old windows. We are very
happy with the results. He can be reached at 925-382 34 40 or
925 753 4838
Davis Painting 558-3129
I heartily recommend Lou Davis's company for painting interiors
and especially exteriors. We've hired his firm to do both and
have been thoroughly delighted with his service, the price, and
the result. Lou first painted several of our interior rooms, and
assisted in the selection of paint types to be used. His
recommendations were spot-on. Based on this job, we hired him
for a complete repainting of the exterior - a very involved job
on a near 100-year old house. His crew was professional and very
courteous. Attentive to detail, they were very patient as we
tested several paint combinations. We are delighted with the result.
I am so very glad I hired Lou. Working with him, I found him to
be a man of tremendous professionalism and fairness. I regret I
have no more painting work, but I hope to see someone else share
the same experience I had working with Davis Painting.
We have some small painting jobs -- a patch of redone stucco and
a couple of window frames, a deck, a cement floor and walls of a
basement workshop that need doing in early September. We'd love
to find a painter we can call on again and again over the years
as we need more painting done.
I recommend you call Soumil Amin of CertaPro Painters. Office
510.981.0321. Cell 925.787.1843. I know several people who've
hired him and everyone was very pleased.
I would like to recommend Beth Edwards for interior painting and wall paper.
fast, clean and efficient, and very reasonable priced.
She painted and wallpapered a friend's living room and he is very happy with
work. Her # is 415/668-3346
Hello - I'm seeking feedback from anyone that may have used
Varsity to paint the interior of their home. We are considering
them for a fairly large project (smooth-wall + paint). Feedback
is much appreciated -- quality, timeliness, professionalism,
Regarding Varsity Painting, I would not recommend them based on
my experience. I hired one of their foreman to paint the
exterior of my house and for someone who's supposed to be in
charge - he and his crew not only left a total mess outside my
house, but they spilled and splattered paint all over my walkway
and driveway it needed to be repainted. Buyer beware!
I agree with another posting that I would not recommend Varsity
Painting. We used them for a small bedroom and it was a
disaster! The guy ''in charge'' never prepped the wood, so it
was still bumpy and gross from layers of old paint. He didn't
remove any screws, and just painted over ancient window
fixtures. For a project that could have been completed in a
couple of days, it took weeks. He didn't show up when he was
supposed to, did not work for days on end, and he left our
house a mess. There was paint all over the new hardwood
floors, and whatever he used to clean it up took off the
finish. We ended up complaining, big time, and they gave us a
huge discount. But, aside from the walls and ceiling in that
room eventually being the colors we wanted, the whole project
was a bust
Regretting that decision in Alameda
Our nanny's husband is a great painter in the East Bay. I got
him a job painting two neighbor's houses and he was fast, gave
a very competitive quote, clean and showed up. Him and his
wife are loyal and hardworking and would appreciate the
opportunity to get your business. His name is Esbin Aguilar
and he can be reached at 925-382-3440
Gustavo Anaya provides clean, quality painting of interiors and exteriors, homes and offices. He
is very reasonably priced, honest, and thorough in his work. I highly recommend him.
I would like to recommend Esbin Aguilar who painted the exterior of our house, he did a terrific job. He is
efficient,reasonably priced and a skilled carpenter.
If you're looking for a great painters, VARSITY PAINTING (1-888-
VARSITY) should be your first stop. We got 3 estimates to get
the exterior of our house painted, & they were by far the most
professional, reliable, etc. To our surprise, they were the
cheapest quote as well & we couldn't be more pleased with the
service! They were efficient, pleasant, & truly did great work
on our house. After a year, we had a small area with some
peeling paint, & they held true to their 5 yr. warranty & came
immediately & happily back to repaint the area. Thanks
January - June 2006
I wanted to take the time to recommend Tony Menjivar for any of your
painting needs, both interior and exterior. He is very thorough, hard
conscientious and, of course, does an excellent job prepping, painting
up. He is also a very nice man, easy to have around and whom I
and would leave in my house alone all day. Plus, he has two young
kids so he
both considerate of my two, particularly during naptime, and conscious
air the place out and paint in such an order as to minimize fumes for
feel free to contact me with any questions or if you have any
Tony. Tony can be reached at H) 510-724-1523 or on his cell at
Soumil Amin of CertaPro Painters is very professional and does a
great job. After he and his crew leave, you can't tell that they
have even been there! Other than the beautiful paint job. They
respect your time and your space. 925-787-1843
Regardless of the references, when hiring a painter you should
verify some independent references and if possible see the work.
Last summer I hired Nu-Cote Painting, and they promised to sand and
prime before painting. Well it didn't happen, and it's been
expensive to fix and re-do all the work. Essentially, I've paid
twice and the process was a big headache.
To the person who posted asking about Carlos Avalos. We have used
Carlos several times after getting his name from this website and
have always been very pleased with his profesionalism and the
quality of his work. He has done both inside and outside work for
us, charging very reasonably for time and materials. Most
recently, he painted 2 accent walls for us in December. One wall
required much more work than originally anticipated because it was
difficult to get the dark color to take hold on our wall. Carlos
came back 4 or 5 times to add one more coat of paint(even on
Christmas Eve). We were quite pleasantly surprised when he charged
us his original estimate in spite of the additional work. We paid
a little bit extra, but it probably still didn't cover his costs.
Carlos is also a very nice guy- doing magic tricks for my kids. I
highly recommend him.
I just wanted to let everyone know about a great painter who does
interiors and exteriors. Scott Wojno is a thorough, detail-oriented, very
considerate and talented painter who takes great care in his work but
manages to do so very quickly too. He is extremely concerned with
customer satisfaction and has graciously indulged my changed mind on
numerous occasions. He works alone and is totally trustworthy to be given
a key. His fees are very reasonable and I just can't say enough nice
things about him. His company is called Mastercraft and his number is
Paint Me Happy (5/4/2006)
We also had a very bad experience with Bridge Painting. Without rehashing all the
unpleasant details, suffice it to say that he did not deliver on any promises, made us
all crazy for a period of two months, and ultimately left us with an unpainted (but
ugly from water blasting) house to welcome our out-of-town houseguests for an
important family holiday. We eventually hired another painter and started over, even
though it cost us extra money.
Not a Bridge Fan (3/30/06)
We have had good results with Richie Bucher. He is a very detailed painter who first
helped us with some complicated painting around our stairs. We had him come back to
paint our kitchen after a remodel. He is neat and the finished results look fantastic.
He was less expensive than many of the bids we received and his estimates for both
jobs were on the money - a good find. I know he does exterior work too, but we havent
seen his results there. Richie can be reached at (510) 654-7658.
We just used a very good painter for the 3rd time. I have used him & recommended him to
many people. I recently heard of some horro stories from people that had had many problems
w/different painters. I felt that I hould let people know about Jeff Jolly (our painter).
He is a one man show and only does interiors but he is very quick and reasonably priced.
He lives in S.F. but does a lot of work in the east bay. His phone # is 415-250-4520. I
know he is looking for work right now so you might even get a better price.
Michael (3/8/06, phone number updated 11/20/06)
I want to counter the recent posting recommending Bridge Painting. They presented me with
a stack of glowing recommendations, one written by someone I happened to know, gave the
lowest bid, and promised to get the job done within a certain amount of time even though
they were busy and were squeezing us in.(It was a small job-rafters, trim, and windows,
all in really bad shape.) We discussed our concerns with the owner about handling the
peeling, chipping lead-based paint on our home, and he assured us his crew was equipped to
deal with it. Well, long story short, they dragged the job out for weeks, had different
people on the job, most of whom took no precautions in dealing with the lead based paint
(lead-based paint chips all over the place), the prepping was terrible, and then the owner
felt he was doing us a favor by not charging us more because three coats of paint were
needed to get good coverage. Perhaps my experience was out of the norm, because, as I
said, I did read through quite a pile of glowing recommendations. Does anyone else want to
Gustavo Anaya painted the interior and exterior of our house and the house across the
street. He is an excellent painter, very trustworthy, works hard, and his rates are very
reasonable. Call me for more details. Call Gustavo if you are looking for a
great painter this spring. He gives free estimates.
I wish to alert the membership to Bridge Painting. They did an outstanding job of preparation, painting, and clean-up on our exterior paint job. A crew of 3 worked all day, every day, really prepping the surfaces, and sealed up all of our windows really well to keep dust out of the house. They were courteous, hard-working, and did a really outstanding job. Every day they cleaned up any debris and left the place spic and span. The final job was really fine.
I'd like to recommend Susanne George. I think she calls herself Susie the Painter. She works in the East Bay. She painted several rooms in my house and did a perfect job. She was thoughtful, pleasant, timely about all aspects of the job. In addition, she gave me good color advice, obtained samples for me, picked up the paint, and even took some old cans I had to be recycled. Her price was the lowest of 4 estimates I received.
Susanne George 510-289-0713
After looking a long time for a good painting referral, I recently hired Joaquin Ramirez to repaint a bathroom and refinish a number of old windows. He did an excellent job. He was pleasant, hardworking, responsible, honest, very helpful with color selection, and reasonably priced. He has had over l7 years experience, does interior and exterior work, and specializes in restorations. He also does cement work, plaster, and sheetrock repair. I originally got his name from Ace Hardware in Kensington, where he has worked for a number of businesses and private homes. He had a lot of prior references that I checked out, that were all very pleased with his work. His phone is (510)827-5934.
I would like to recommend Allan Pollack, his email address is mymaya91[at]aol.com. He has more than 20 years experience, is very careful and reliable, but also fast. He specializes in interiors and can do small handyman jobs as well. He lives in Oakland and I found him to be very trustworthy and dependable.
We have used the services of Carlos Avalos Painting several times over the past 5 years both inside the house and, most recently, the outide. We initially found Carlos via the BPN. He and his crew just finished painting the exterior of our 70-yr old 2-story mediterrean home which has a large deck and over 30 wood windows. We could not be more pleased with the quality of work. Carlos is extremely knowledgeable, has an excellent crew and work standards, and does exceptional work at reasonable rates. Carlos can be reached at 510-568-0510 (office) or 510-798-3100 (cell). He also has a new website (carlosavalospainting.net) with several pictures of this work. Our house is not yet on his website but will be in the near future.
A good friend, Jeff Sibley, recently moved to the area. His painting company, Sibley Painting and Restoration, specializes in interior painting, and Jeff knows everything there is to know (including the use of environmentally friendly paint). He painted our house and a neighbor's dining room with great results. You can reach him at home (510) 772-2753, or by email jeff[at]sibleyrestoration.com
Rain damaged the living room plaster & lathe ceiling and walls in our 1925 home. On the referral of a BPN'er, we hired Phil Lawhun of Phil's Painting for both the plaster repair and the paint job. He finished the job today and I want to second the earlier recommendation. Phil is a meticulous painter and - almost as importantly - a gentle, soft spoken man. I work from my home and never had any trouble with noise while he was here (three days). I also didn't worry about having my very impressionable daughter around Phil -- the harshest word I heard him say was 'gosh!' Our living room is better than before the rain damage; Phil took time to sand down and fill all the abnormalties that result from earth movement. And the plaster job... what can I say? You can't even tell that there was ever any damage. Phil does both indoor and outdoor repair and paint. You can reach him at 510-317-1844. Let me know if you have questions.
Antonio can be reached at (925)-382-3440 his cell, and (925)-753-0784 home, I higly recommend him, he did a great job, his rates are reasonable and fair. Next time I will hire him again! Thank you!
If you need a professional and honest paint job, i know Ven is one of the better options in all the bay area. Recently he did an excellent job in my house, he
painted the interior and exterior, as good as i ever seen before, and the best thing of it all, his rates are very reasonable.
Ven can be reached at 925-382-3434, 925-753-0784.
July - December 2005
We recently bought a house in Berkeley that needed to be painted completely inside. The painters that we hired showed up to do the job then said it was too much to do an left. We then called Myron Olsen, of Myron Olsen painting and they really saved our lives. They quickly and efficently painted our entire house in record time so that we could move in to a freshly painted home. After the move and bathroom and kitchen remodeling. They came back and put the finishing touches on the paint job. It's usually hard to get people back once you pay them. Myron stayed true to his word, returned calls promptly and did a beautiful job. His workers were clean, neat and respectful of my newly renovated home. I can highly recommend him and his team. Please call him at 510-521-3351.
We had Ramon Herrera paint our stucco house last summer and were very pleased. He also just finished our neighbor's house on our recommendation. His number is 415-314-0065.
We highly recommend Martin Perez of Martin & Sebastian Painting. They are based in Manteca, but Martin is local and can be found by calling: 510-304-9408 or 510-538-6271.
We were getting backed up preparing for the arrival of our son in December and Martin gave us a very reasonable bid for the small job of painting one bedroom. He did an excellent job with the prep, painting (ceiling, walls and baseboards) and cleanup. He arrived on-time and was finished with everything very quickly (5 hours start to finish) and even caulked our baseboards before painting. He was friendly, clean and meticulous. We couldn't be more pleased with his work.
~Marilyn & Jonathan (11/1/2005)
We just had the exterior of our house painted and wanted to recommend Frank Cefalu of afc Painting (415) 308-1645 to anyone who is planning on hiring professional painters. Frank's team is extremely conscientious in their preparation, painting and cleanup. True professionals. Very thorough, no shortcuts taken, very responsive to client needs and wants. Frank's pricing is very fair. He was a mid range bid for us, but provided an additional coat of paint (we got one primer coat and two top coats) for the price. Our house is now the standout on the block and in our neighborhood.
We enthusiastically recommend NewCoat Painting, a locally owned painting company. We recently had the exterior wooden windows and trim of our house painted. Jorge Aguiar, the owner, did a great job. Not only was he knowledgeable and meticulous, he worked extremely hard and did not cut corners on the prep work (he spent a tremendous amount of time on prep work). He was conscientious, reliable, neat, and honest. He is a true professional. His pricing was also very fair. NewCoat Painting does both interior and exterior jobs and is licensed, bonded, and insured. Jorge can be reached at: 384-3216 or newcoat[at]pacbell.net.
Pleased with Jorge's work (10/20/2005)
Louis Davis just did a huge job for us, painting our house, inside and out. He and his crew were amazing. The work they did was terrific. They were tidy and responsible, responsive and easy to have around. They worked long hours to get us back in the house, and were easygoing about redoing rooms when we changed our minds about colors (and without charging us more!!). I can't say enough about Lou. He's a great guy and a wonderful, professional painter.
I have a recommendation for a fantastic and affordable house painter- Salvador Romero (510) 910-2313 cell phone.
He and his crew painted our house, many colors, high ceilings, lots of detail and many changes. They were thorough, tidy and timely. Most important, they were affordable. They were not the lowest bid i had gotten, but they were clearly the better choice. So I went to Sal and asked if he would be willing to match the lowest bid I had received, and he agreed. They were great to work with, and I highly recommend them. Sal- (510) 910-2313. Let him know Margaret recommeded him.
I just moved into a new house here on near Indian Rock (Berkeley Hills), and had 2 rooms on the inside and the entire exterior painted by CertaPro Painters. I was really impressed with the service I received, and the attention to detail. I have had other painters in the past, and these guys were very professional, and kept the place immaculate. The sales guy really listened to me, and had a pretty good sense of colors. You can get a hold of him at 925-787-1843. His name is Soumil Amin.
I found the GREATEST painter in the world!!!!
I have had several not so great experiences hiring tradesworkers but all that has changed.I discovered this guy by noticing the good work he was doing on my ex-husband's house. I hired him to basically totally redo the paint job another company had botched. His estimate was etremely reasonable and even more importantly his work is excellent. He and his crew are considerate, trustworthy (I can leave my house open all day) and really have the expertise to do a quality job that will last. I am so excited about this guy that I just want to tell the world. Finding good skilled workers is tough and this crew is a real gem. J.P. Painters - Jaime Portill0 510 639 4599....cell 510 381 7195. He says he does carpentry and landscaping too but the only thing I have experience with is his prep/painting work which is truly first rate.
I'm posting regarding a painter (Susie George) who I hired a few months ago from a recommendation on this list. She's a well-meaning person, has a great eye for color, but her attention to detail is really off.
I asked her to mask trim and cover the floors when she worked--I had to ask because the first time she slopped all over some wood I had just stripped and painstakingly refinished, and she left blobs of paint on the floor that I had just done a ton of work on. Even after I made the request I had to spend a ton of time scraping paint off the floors. I'll have to refinish the molding that she slopped.
When I asked her to fix a few areas that she left looking really rough, she came back and slopped so much paint on the area that it ran down the wall. In addition, she didn't dust off the baseboard before painting it (I'll have to redo that).
On a more personal note, she would leave the door standing open, even after I had asked her not to (and told her why) and cats came in and sprayed my living room. It's also possible that someone came in while the door sat open because now my engagement ring is gone.
I hate to be negative about folks because nobody's perfect, but I'd feel bad if someone worked with her and was unhappy like I was.
I wanted to give a recommendation for Steve Roberts painting in Walnut Creek. He did our exterior and then did four other houses on our block. He has also done some work for us inside as well (ceiling painting, stripping wallpaper and texturing.) At the end of the jobs he always makes sure we are 100% satisfied, and if there are any touch ups, he has his guys out there quickly to take care of it. He was so polite and his crew was efficient and courteous. We would use him again in a heart beat. We have had a lot of contractors in and out of here, and he is the only one we feel comfortable recommending. His number is: 925.705.0230
I wanted to update my recommendation for Phil's Painting. I posted a review in May 2003 raving about what a great job he did with the poor condition of our stucco exterior. He just completed (Sept 2005) the interior of our house which was also in poor condition with 85 year old lathe and plaster walls spiderwebbed with cracks.
Once again, the house looks like new and several major cracks around the fireplace are impossible to detect. We also opted to paint our kitchen cabinets instead of refacing and they look beautiful. Because of Phil's attention to detail and thorough work, we saved $8K and saved the character of the house.
Phil Lawhun's number is (510) 317-1844. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with his work as well as his ability to manuever around our hectic household of kids, a huge dog and lots of chaos.
I just wanted to respond to a recent request for a color consultant and painter. I also used Cass Morris, and got her referral from BPN. While I found her to be excellent at recommending colors and paint combinations, the execution of her painting was sloppy. She left paint splatters on my hardwood floors, sink backsplash and kitchen counters. Corners and edges were also not completely painted. While I would recommend hiring her for color consulting, I would not recommend using her for the paint job.
Looking for more careful painters (8/13/2005)
I would like to recommend a wonderful painter who has recently painted most of the interior of my house. His name is Mason Koelewyn. Mason is very meticulous and professional, detail oriented and knowledgeable about paints and colors. He cleans up thoroughly every day so that your life doesn?t get too disturbed. Best of all, he is a very sweet guy, someone you don?t mind having in your house all day. His prices are reasonable and he works quickly and efficiently.
Give him a call!
Phone number for Mason Allen Koelewyn 510-847-3517 (updated 8/29/2006)
We just had Steve Vaughn of Vaughn Painting finish an exterior paint job for us.
He did an excellent job and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a
quality job. His crew of about 5 worked long hard days paying attention to
detail, being curtious to myself and my son and cleaning up at the end of the
day. Steve spent alot of time working with me on colors, explaining the process
and updating me regularly on progress. Vaughn painting is definitly the most
outstanding group I have contracted with to do work on my home and without hesitation I would recommend them. Steve can be reached at 510-918-0655.
I feel compelled to mention, as we are all into the house
cleaning/painting season, that we've recently experienced a
really great painting company. The name is Color Touch, and they
were not only very concientious and did great work, but also
courteous, respectful, and basically a pleasure to work with! We
would recommend them highly. They have a website, it is:
http://www.colortouchpainting.com The owner's name is Todd and
his phone # is 415 826 1710
Tom M. (6/29/2005)
A short time ago, I posted a very positive review of Joe Parente, who painted the exterior of our house. I am informed that Mr. Parente now only does interior jobs. In fact, we recently used him to paint our bathroom. His work was once again stellar. His estimate, although not the lowest, was reasonable and fair. Moreover, the job was perfect and timely. Plus, Joe really makes an effort on the clean-up. We had nothing left to do but admire our new room. His number remains 415-730-0917.
Guillermo Chicas was recommended as a painter on BPN (4/8). Based on that recommendation we hired him to paint our entire interior. He did a terrific job, was very neat, trustworthy, willing to work with many different colors, was always a pleasure to have around during the process. His rates are reasonable. I highly recommend him! He is willing to work anywhere in the Bay Area. Please call him at (925) 759 7564 or (925)754 9713
If you are in need of a knowledgeable handyman/carpenter,
I will refer you to our 'painter' an all around home repair expert. He has over 20 years of home construction in San Francisco experienced. Extremely helpful with waterproofing and deck coating. Will work on carpentry and plumbing. You can best reach Bob Antonelli on his cell 415-724-4301. He has 100's of referrals.
Tony Cataldo does great work! He painted a very large area in our house that need a ton of prep. He is great painter, smart and fun to have around. He was very flexible in allowing us to do as much of work as we wanted to bring down the price. He offered wonderful tips that I will carry on to future projects - "secrets of the trade." Call him for a quote 652-2836
If you need meticulous interior or exterior painting work, please consider Guillermo Chicas. He has painted for me on several occasions and has done excellent work. Guillermo can be reached at 925-754-9713 or 925-212-6798 (cell).
I just got a great paint job from a young lady named Megan C Melton. It's very high quality work for a cheap price, plus she did a color consultation to bring out my artwork. I highly recommend her! Her number is 510.655.7866.
We recently purchased our first home - settled for less than we would have in a more affordable area. It had never been updated and the walls had the most unpleasant, old, pervasive, cheesy texture on them and we decided we really needed to get rid of it or I'd be miserable. Well, we really lucked out with our painter - NEIL GROSSMAN, (510) 290-8644. He took on a difficult challenge and now, oh boy, do we feel good about moving into this house!
He uses very high-quality materials, he takes the time he needs to do a task properly, he pays great attention to detail (and I can be a stickler) and his rates are reasonable. He's also a heckuva nice guy. We strongly recommend him. We found him through earlier referrals on this site and we're so happy we did. And, oh yes, he also returns phone calls promptly. One of the few painters we contacted who did. HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED.
Carole, the Stickler for Detail (2/25/2005)
Meticulous Painter Wanted
There are numerous recommendations for painters on this
website - it's hard to know where to start. I am looking
for a METICULOUS painter to do a large interior project. I
am extremely fussy when it comes to things like woodwork
paint, clean straight lines, even application of paint.
If you have had experience with an above average painter
who does quality work please let me know. There are so
many so-so painters out there and a lot of so-called
In the last newsletter, I asked for recommendations for meticulous, above average painters and I got a number of direct replies to my email. So I'm posting names and numbers here for all to share:
Olorin Painting.(510) 292-5137 (recommended by wife)
Jessica Munck (recommended by self) 510-978-8233
Guillermo 925-754-9713 home or 924-212-6798 cell
Carlos Duarte - no number given
Aidan McIntyre - 510 655-0551
Ramiro Magana - (510) 501-8472
I recommend Pacific Northwest painters. We found them very
professional and reliable. They are wonderful.
Interior Painting & Carpets
I moved into my husband's house six years ago when we
married. He had lived in the house for 10 years and the
carpets had never been cleaned...they were already a mess;
and the walls discolored by years of smoking over a period
of years by two inhabitants. (My husband hasn't smoked,
after 30 years, for over 7 years!) We need help with
reclaiming the house, which involves repainting all the
interior rooms, then installing carpet. This also involves
a huge moving job, as we have lots of furniture pieces and
both my husband and I work at home and have lots of files,
papers, etc. In addition, my sister, ill with cancer, has
come to live with us. It looks like this: we need
someone/crew to come in and move furniture, paint, then
recarpet every room of the house ([at] 1500 square feet). Are
there people out there in these professions who can help us
in a sensitive, room-by-room way (BTW, I'm busy conducting
a live radio show from home once a week, too, so that has
to be worked around!) Help! I can no longer live with
these walls and carpet! And thanks. Ilene
I think I have just the person for you. Her name is Alicia
Brite (510-568-3217) and she is primarily a color
consultant and specialty painter. She has been a painter
for years and also has project management experience. You
can check out her website: http://www.thecoloreffect.com/.
She has all the lskillsn you need for the specific work but
there are two other reasons I am so excited to turn you on
to her. It sure seems you could use some help making the
space better than just clean and fresh but actually
supportive of all the things going on in your lives. This
is exactly what she does with color. The second reason is
her sensitivity to what her clients really need. I actually
think she does what she does to work with families such as
yours where her work can have a transformational effect.
I wish you the best of luck with your project.
house painter recommended
I wanted to recommend a housepainter who I originally
found on the UC Berkeley Parents Network from a
recommendation that was a few years old. Bob
Antonelli and his crew (phone: 415-724-4301) painted
the stucco exterior of our house in north Berkeley and
replaced missing window trim as well as stained the
redwood decks and replaced rotting deck boards. He
also does interior painting. The crew did very thorough
prep while painting and took care of a lot of details like
filling in cracks, holes, clipping nails, etc. The
brushwork was neat and tidy, with clean edges. They
also did a good cleanup once the job was finished. Bob
was very responsive to taking care of all the little fixes I
kept track of and was not done with the job until my
to-do list was complete. We were very happy with the
results. Please feel free to contact me if you wish for
more details. --Mollie (1/6/2005)
I've been using a good woman painter. She works alone, is
very responsible, does great work, and is low cost. Susie
My wife and I would like to recommend Neal Grossman for
both interior and exterior painting. Last year, Neal
painted the entire interior of our house, which included
tearing down a lot of wallpaper and repainting our kitchen
cabinets. This year he painted the exterior, which
required a great deal of carpentry and preparation. The
quality of his work is excellent and his prices are
reasonable. He is also extremely reliable and honest and
has a very good eye (he's also an artist.) We have
reommended Neal to two other friends and they have both
been extremely happy with his work. We plan to hire him
for future projects ourselves. You can reach Neal at
510.290.8644 or at gr8walls at yahoo.com.
We just recently got my mothers master bedroom and bathroom
painted, and I was so impressed that I just had to recommend this guy.
His company is Olorin Painting, and John was by far and away the most
reliable, professional and easy to work with painter that I have
encountered. Not only did he do excellent work, but he really went to
great lengths to explain what needed to be done, what prep-work he
needed to do and why, and was just an all around nice guy to interact
with. He was very reliable and communicative throughout the job,
patient with my mom (who can be a bit demanding) and I thought he
was a wiz with colors - he really knows his stuff. Best of all, his bid was
quite reasonable, especially considering the high quality of the work.
You can reach John at 510-292-5137. This is a guy who actually CALLS
YOU BACK, and keeps his appointments!
I would like to recommend a painter who recently completed the
exterior of our house and is now doing a neighbors across the
He is available on weekends only and has a crew of 3-4.
His rates are extremely competitive and he is very responsible and
thorough. Sherry ((9/10/2004)
We recently had the pleasure of using Glen Larsen Construction to paint
the inside and outside of our home. He was conscientious, thorough, and
did a beautiful job. One of the things that really helped was Glen's color
design experience. We used deep tones and color accents and he worked
his way through room by room, helping us make excellent choices that
people compliment us on when they come over. We will be using us for
all our painting work in the future. His number is 510-232-9122.
I would like to recommended two excellent professionals.
One is a carpenter named Kifle Zereat. The other is a
painter name Kezete Kifle. They did several small jobs in
my house. They did a marvelous job, they were
professional, they were on time and they were on budget.
Kifle Zereat's phone number is (510) 387-9041
Kezete's phone number is (510) 472-0577
Joe Parente (415-730-0917). We recently had the exterior
of our house painted by Joe and his assistant. He is
energetic, knowledgeable, friendly, timely, considerate,
meticulous and most of all, a great painter. His estimate
was the lowest of four we received and he was the only
owner/painter we found. That is, he actually does the work
himself instead of sending a crew out. Joe also
recommended a color for our front door that we had not
considered and we are thrilled with the results. He cleans
up every day and walks you through all the details of what
the job entails. As you can tell by now, I strongly
recommend this guy and his assistant. (7/11/2004)
I just had a wonderful housepainter do the inside and
outside of my house.
Her name is Sigal -- phone 510-209-8590.
Excellent neat work. Great with color consultation -- did
multiple samples to make sure it was perfect.
Fair pricing. Showed up on time every day. I loved
working with her and she was easy to be around.
We highly recommend Dave Davis Design - painting, color and
interior specialist. Dave did a great job redesigning our
living space including painting, color, restoration, and
furniture to optimize our small living space and match our
lifestyle. He helped us transform our living room and
dining room to be both functional and also very comfortable
and beautiful! Dave worked collaboratively with us and
communicates well. He also is extremely conscientious and
reliable. Dave Davis can be reached at 510-525-4624.
I've just had my house exterior and interior painted by a
house painter who is so terrific that i just had to post
an enthusiastic recommendation. His name is Tony
Cataldo. When I checked out his references I heard
people say what I am now able to say from personal
experience: Tony cares about his work and takes great
pride in it. He is thorough, easy to
communicate with, appropriately perfectionist, works
quickly but methodically, and is reasonably priced and
totally reliable. he suggested colors and shades that
were in tune with the spirit of my home. Just thought
you might like to know about him and his work. his # is
I can recommend Kellie Frederick for interior painting.
Her partner, Mason Koelwyn has been painting my kitchen,
which included removing the wall paper and completely
restoring the walls. Mason was able to repair cracks,
pits, areas where the wall board was showing through and
general unevenness. He did it all, plaster repair,
patching, skim coating, etc. I have a toddler and was
concerned about fumes, sanding dust, etc, and Mason has
cleaned up very thoroughly every day and I have been able
to use my kitchen throughout the process. I highly
recommend them. I found Kellie's recommendation in the
Editor note: As of Jan 2006, Kellie Frederick is no longer
in the area, but Mason Koelewyn can be reached here:
Mason Allen Koelewyn
mason AT masonallenpainting.com
We have sometimes had a hard time finding an affordable
painter who does high quality work. I would like to
recommend Steven Naylor of Naylor Painting. He's an
energetic and very reliable graduate student with 10 yrs
experience. He takes both interior and exterior jobs and
some handy jobs like pressure washing, deck/patio cleaning
and sealing. Good references and careful bids. He's in
Berkeley at 510 684-6004 or cashphillips at hotmail.com.
I would like to recommend Milko Cudina Begovic. He did a
remodel of the bottom floor of my house. He is a skilled
carpenter, painter and also builds and repairs walls,
stairs, doors, etc. He also can build custom lighting and
built a sliding internally lit door for the entry to the
bathroom. He is detailed-oriented and trustworthy. He is
also sensitive to families with young children and will
have a safe and clean job site. You can reach Milko at 510 234 0745 or at
milko at il-studio.com
Recently Ross Painting in San Francisco painted our house inside
and outside after a big remodling project. They were great, and
the cost was reasonable. They were very patient with last-minute
drastic re-dos, like me changing my mind about the Tomato Red walls
in the kitchen. They did a gorgeous job with very bright colors
and contrasting trim - lovely straight lines and rich hues. They
also removed the tattered 1950's grass wallpaper from one room, patched and
painted the walls. I get a lot of compliments about the paint job.
I wrote a recommendation for Bob Antonelli, but forgot to
put his phone number. 415 821 2661, 415 608 6239
Recommendation: We used Bob Antonelli for painting the
interior of our
house, but his speciality is exterior painting. He did a
WONDERFUL job on the inside of our house (people actually
comment on it when they come over). We will definitely use
him when we get to repainting the exterior of our home. He
is reasonably priced, and efficient. He was recommended to
us by a friend who is a designer, and I know that a
contractor she was working with always uses Bob. I highly
recommend him. Vandy
To the folks looking for an exterior paint job: I highly
recommend Carlos Avalos (510) 568-0510!! He is very nice,
professional, and inexpensive. I got his name from the UC
Parents archives and have been very pleased w/ him and his
I can enthusiastically recommend Carlos Avalos, who I found
on the Berkeley Parents Network. He completed exterior
painting of our stucco home last fall, and he and his
workers did a meticulous and professional job filling cracks
and doing all the other prep work necessary. (My husband
is extremely detail oriented, and was very impressed with
the work each day.) Carlos and his workers were
courteous, conscientious, and neat, and his bid was very
reasonable. The handyman on his crew also built some deck
stairs for us and fixed a gate, and did a great job. In
addition, Carlos is a very nice person. His phone numbers
are 510-568-0510 and 510-798-3100 (cell).
This is an unsolicited recommendation for Javier Espinoza
and his painting crew. They just finished painting my
house and I'm so pleased, I want to spread the joy! Aside
from being reliable, tidy, and detail-oriented, Javier is
an incredibly sweet man. Best of all, his prices are
significantly lower than any other painters I've talked
to. Give him a try! His phone number is: 510-967-7588.
i have used steve page and sons painting for both the
interior and exterior of my home. it is a father/son run
business - steve painted with his father who began
painting in the 1920s and now his sons paint with him.
they are out of antioch, but work all over the east bay.
they are excellent painters, reasonable pricing, and
really nice, honest guys. i have been exceedingly happy
with their work. steve will come to do a free estimate.
they are busy so you may need to book them a month or
in advance. if you would like to see what their exterior
work looks like, send me an email and you can drive by our
house to see. Page and Sons Painting 925 827-2048
We recently had our living room painted, and I loved our
painter! I got Kellie Frederick's name from this board, and
called her for a bid. She was one of 4 estimates (the
lowest), and she did a super job. She helped me with color
selection by making large ''sample'' boards, she moved all
the furniture out and back, and the job was done flawlessly
while I was away one weekend. She was very easy going and
fun to work with! Give her a call. East Bay or SF.
Kellie Frederick, 510-923-0319
Hi to all of those who are looking for a good painter can i
recommend myself? My name is Jessica. I have worked in the
bay area for 2 years already and in my country. Did many
jobs in Berkeley, Oakland hills, Cerrito while i was
woeking for my boss.
Now i've started my own business and i am willing to give
you the best of me. This means a reliable person that will
do a good quality job for a reasonable price. Since i am
starting my business i can give you a special price on your
project. Give me a call and let's talk abou it!
Jess jessmunck AT hotmail.com
I used Phil's Painting (Phillip Lawhun)out of San Leandro,
to paint the exterior of my stucco home that was in
terrible shape. I can't recommend him enough. He was
incredibly thorough and didn't cut corners on the prep work
and our house looks like it has new stucco. I was also so
impressed with his ability to stay on schedule and clean up
daily so that we could use our yard. I plan to use him
this year to paint the interior of our home.
His number is (510) 317-1844.
He has painted several houses in our neighborhood if you
would like to see his work.
If anyone is looking for an honest, efficient, neat and
detailed painter to do interior/exterior
commercial/residential paint work, you can't go wrong with
Quality Touch painters. I've recently had a number of
large and small commercial indoor and outdoor jobs done by
them and am extremely pleased with the
quality of workmanship and the overall attention to detail.
Additionally, Quality Touch's pricing is competitive.
I am so pleased with Quality Touch's work that I wanted to
pass this information along to anyone who might be looking
for a painter in the near future. You can contact Quality
Touch (Victor) at 510.381.4131. You will not be
Also, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may
I want to recommend our painter: Neil Grossman 510-290-8644,
gr8walls AT yahoo.com. He does great quality work
and is very reasonably priced (our address is on College
in Berkeley if you would like to see the exterior he did a
few years back). He also specializes in interior painting
and floor work - which he has just done at our home recently
and we are very happy with. He is quite responsible and
For the multiple posts requesting a recommendation for an
interior/exterior painter: I must recommend the painter we
have used, though like all good painters, his schedule is
tight, so you are lucky if you can get him. His name is
Declan Banfield, and I originally found him through a
recommendation here on the UC Parents network. He has done
interior painting for us in two houses (we moved and hired
him again in our new house), and he does exterior as well.
His number 510-548-6485. He does high quality work for a
reasonable price, and is a really nice guy to boot. Good
Roberto Ibarra recently painted my daughter's room.
Excellent work and reasonably priced. I especially liked
the fact that he used oil paint for doors and wood trim.
Feels wonderful to the touch -- so smooth and no brushmarks
to be seen. I'm wanting all my doors and trim to be
painted in the same way as a result. All future painting
at my house will be done by Roberto and his small crew of
I would like to recommend a house painter. She did a small exterior
painting job for us. She works in the Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito-Oakland
area. She uses environmentally-safe products. She is very
professional, reasonably priced, gives a detailed explanation of exactly
what she will do, and is easy to work with. She also gave me some
do-it-yourself painting tips for areas that I want to tackle myself.
Name: Kellie Frederick
kelfrederick AT aol DOT com
I'm looking for an experienced painter to paint the
exterior of our house. We have an older home with wood
sidings and will need a lot of thorough preparation. Any
I recommend Eric Saarni, 658-8313. He has done both the
exterior and interior of our house. The last time, we had
someone else do it (lower bid, excellent references, and
suggested a double coat) and regretted that we hadn't had
Eric do it.
I just recently used Carlos Avalos for some painting on
the interior of my home. I called many of his references
and they all had great things to say about his work - he
does both interior and exterior painting. He also has a
handyman on his crew who can fix things around the house
for you! He was wonderful to work with not to mention the
lowest of all the bids that I received. I got his name
and number from this listserve. He can be reached at
Peter, the Painter (Peter Dumas), 644-3392. Peter has done
an incredible job on our exterior of our house and
restained our back decks. Very careful prep. work. He has a
free color consultant come over to work with you on the
colors. Was willing to repaint our front door multiple
times until we got just the right color. If you want to
drive by and see the job, we are at 1825 San Lorenzo Ave.
just above Colusa. He is a bit quirky and intense in
manner, but just a super good painter.
I'm just about finished having my house painted and I felt I had to put in a
plug for this terrific guy. Our house is being painted by Declan Banfield and
he is terrific. He is a man of integrity and kindness in addition to being
just superb at his job. I have felt comfortable leaving him in my house as
well as giving him a key. He is fast, efficient and comes when he says he's
going to. He also does beautiful work, he has an eye for detail. Just wanted
to let you all know, I think he's terrific. His number is 548-6485.
I would like to recommend a very dear man who has painted many houses -- inside
and out! in our neighborhood. He will soon be painting my son's bedroom.
He is a very special person and is feeling the economic pinch right now
and is looking for more work. His name is Elvis, and he can be reached at
We recently used George Croitou, 925-642-6325 for a complete re-painting
of the interior of our home. He worked very hard and efficiently, was
very responsive and courteous, and detailed-oriented. The job was very
difficult, but he persevered. We believe that his prices were reasonable,
and given the size of the job, he offered us discounts as we thought of new
painting projects. Of course, as with all household services, you have to
take the time to monitor the situation. He also did an excellent job on
re-tiling our kitchen floor, but he brought in a friend to help him with that.
I am a general contractor I do small carpenter,
painting and repair jobs. Decks, doors, interior painting, some tile, and
flooring. License # 333-913 References upon request. I do excellent work. I
show up and I get the project done in a timely manner and within budget.
Call for a consultation, leave name and # and best time to call. 510-339-3304
I recommend Eric Saarni, 658-8313. He has done both the exterior and interior
of our house. The last time, we had someone else do it (lower bid, excellent
references, and suggested a double coat) and regretted that we hadn't had
Eric do it.
I just recently used Carlos Avalos for some painting on the interior of
my home. I called many of his references and they all had great things to
say about his work - he does both interior and exterior painting. He also
has a handyman on his crew who can fix things around the house for you! He
was wonderful to work with not to mention the lowest of all the bids that
I received. I got his name and number from this listserve. He can be reached
We recently used George Croitou, 925-642-6325 for a complete
re-painting of the interior of our home. He worked very hard and
efficiently, was very responsive and courteous, and detailed-oriented. The
job was very difficult, but he persevered. We believe that his prices were
reasonable, and given the size of the job, he offered us discounts as we
thought of new painting projects. Of course, as with all household
services, you have to take the time to monitor the situation. He also did
an excellent job on re-tiling our kitchen floor, but he brought in a friend
to help him with that.
I'm just about finished having my house painted and I felt I had to
put in a plug for this terrific guy. Our house is being painted by
Declan Banfield and he is terrific. He is a man of integrity and
kindness in addition to being just superb at his job. I have felt
comfortable leaving him in my house as well as giving him a key. He is
fast, efficient and comes when he says he's going to. He also does
beautiful work, he has an eye for detail. Just wanted to let you all
know, I think he's terrific. His number is 548-6485. Feel free to
email me for further info. if you'd like. Molly
We just had our El Cerrito ranch-style house painted by Michael Borbridge
at Bridge Painting. (510-232-3340) These folks are probably not the cheapest
bid you can find, but they do a wonderful prep job that will last far longer
than many other "deals." Michael helped us to choose the color and it's just
spectacular! When driving on Colusa Avenue look for moss green house with
the purple door. Fine company, local references...and he's in a band that
plays at Club Muse in Albany on the weekends!
We had fabulous housepainters; Butch and Don of Don Foster Construction
(the two of them are the whole company.) Their bid was the lowest of the 4
I got, and they were exceptionally thorough in prep on our wood-sided house,
(which was in really terrible condition, the paint falling off in sheets,
all the window putty falling off, etc.) They use top notch materials;
Benjamin Moore all the way. They were pleasant and very friendly with my
two children (I would get home with a car full of groceries, and they would
leave me blissfully free to put-away, so eager were they to chat with their
new buddies.) They did a very good job, and were happy to go around at the
end and check with me for any missed spots or flaws. PLEASE say Valerie
recommended them; I want them to know it! Don Foster Construction 235-0363
I can highly recommend housepainters at Scillitani Painting. They were very thorough
with my house, which was in terrible shape. And, they were very reasonable. Greg
Scillitani can be reached at 925-833-8115 or 716-2365. Feel free to use my name. Elizabeth
I highly recommend Carlos Avalos for house painting and other odd jobs. He's a former
union painter who's building his own business. We've used him for several jobs, and have
always been impressed. He and his crew are good, clean, reasonable and reliable. His cell
phone number is 510/798-3100. In addition to painting, we've had him help on other odd
jobs, including ripping out a bench in a sunroom, and replacing the paneling and slate tiles.
They also did the demolition on our kitchen, and we were very impressed by the cleanliness
of the site when they were done. He works with one or two other helpers, and all are very
hard-working, conscientious, great about showing up on time and cleaning up after
themselves. He's very good about recommending environmentally-friendly paints as well.
We had the entire interior of our house painted in September by Carol
Paulus, 864-2240. Her estimate was the lowest of the three we received.
She did a very nice job, including substantial patching, and was very
-Shelley & Robin
Dobson Painters recently painted the outside of my house, and I was quite
pleased. They were also the most reasonably priced of the painters who
quoted. They are also reviewed on the web site (which is where I found them
in the first place). Sorry I don't have their number anymore. Good luck!
We used McCloskey painters about a year ago for interior work and were very
pleased with their work.
Brad Catron of Catron Painting & Decorating recently did some work at my
house. He was prompt, reliable and did excellent work. You can check to see
if he has availability now by calling him at 923-0459.
Jae Kim owns All Pro Painting. He did an excellent job on my house (almost three
stories tall), is a hard worker, was a reasonable price. I've recommended
him to others and they've been very happy with his work.
Unfortunately, I have too much experience with bad or just OK house painters.
I can highly recommend only one painter. You may pay a bit more, because he
does more and is thorough, responsible, and friendly. He just finished my
house. Do call Declan Banfield: 548-6485. Urthlink
Roger Langford did our house. He's wonderful. 510-652-7960
I recommend Saul Espinoza. He did a beautiful job on our house, both interior and
He and his brothers are meticulous and do a good job cleaning up and protecting the
of the house from dust and debris, and they are also nice people. He is unlicensed,
which makes him less expensive but may not be desirable for some people. We
him to many of our friends who have used him again and again, and also to my boss,
also thought he was the greatest. His telephone number is 233-3690.
My name is Ivy Johnson and I have been mentioned once or twice here
already by my wife. We just moved up here a bit ago and I am trying to
start up my paint business with new clients. I have already done a job
here in Oakland so I have a local referral to give from people who were
very pleased with my prices and my work. Please contact me if you have
any painting or re-finishing needs, at one of the following numbers.
(e-mail address) tippetteer AT aol.com
I look forward to working in the area and developing a new group of
This is in response to a request for a painter recommendation. I recommend
Enrique Rodriguez 232-0107. He painted the outside of my house last year
and did a great job. He was very reasonable compared to other painting
companies who would have charged me several thousands of dollars more and
done only 75% of the work that he did. He is a licensed painter and very
honest. He uses very good paint and does good prep work. My general
suggestion for looking for a painter is to get references, and call them,
then look at their actual work. Of course this is easy if they have done
outdoor jobs. Good luck! Lisa
I've had good luck with Chris Shutes. 841-6161. Tell him I
recommended him. He and his partner Bill are great painters. They aren't the
cheapest, but the work they do will last a long, long time. Linda
A while ago, I followed up on a recommendation found in this email for a
painter named India Dobson. She and her husband have a small company that
paint interiors and exteriors. We were very pleased with the interior
painting she did for us and plan to continue to use her (and her crew) to
repaint our deck. My husband has years of experience in remodeling and was
very pleased. And, for doing such a good job, her quotes have been very
reasonable. Great work at a great price.
Dobson Painting - 644-0334.
As owners of a 1931 fixer-upper, my husband and I are veterans when it comes to hiring
various contractors. We have found most to be either nonresponsive or we haven't
blown away by the results, so I am delighted when I find someone I can recommend.
just had a bathroom, kitchen and hallway painted by India Dobson at Dobson Painting,
who was recommended to me by another painter (who was too busy) in the Berkeley/Oakland
Good Service Guide. She is very responsive, prompt, reasonable, skilled, and just plain
nice. You can reach her and her husband at Dobson Painting in Berkeley, 510-644-0334.
I recommend Oyle Painting for house painters. They can be reached at
(510)-528-9461. Fred Oyle is the owner. They do excellent work and are a
pleasure to deal with. Julie
We used Gateview Painting (222-0744) to paint the interior of our home
two years ago. They did a beautiful job. They were the lowest bid that
we got. (However, I think they underestimated the amount of work; it
took a little longer than they had anticipated.) Ellen
I was/am very happy with the exterior paint job we got from Omni Painting
Co. last year. The owner, Amar (forgot his last name), was very responsive
and went out of his way to make sure I was happy with the work. He even
spent an extra day and a half without extra charge just touching up minor
details. Based on the little bit of research I did, Omni's prices were
considerably less than most painting companies in the Berkeley/Albany area.
His crew was pleasant enough to have around. I would caution that I was
around the house a lot while the work was being done, and I was glad of it,
because I pointed out and asked for correction on several details that would
have gone unnoticed if I hadn't been watchful. But for me, the lower cost
made it very worthwhile for the little bit of extra effort on my part. Best
of luck to you--I found the whole project exhausting, as I studied what
colors to use, etc. Meg
I would like to recommend Pacific Northwest Painters, run by Eric and
Cornelia Grunseth (510/465-4085). They have done two interior and one
exterior job for me over the past five years. Cornelia is a wizard with
color. She communicates well and has helped me turn my ideas into
success. Eric runs the painting crews. He has hired good, reliable
guys who have been with him many years. I find them both very
responsive and easy to work with
I highly recommend Signature Painting in Alameda for good quality house
painting. Dan has a good eye for color combinations and will spend time
working with you.
I recommend Eric Saarni, 658-8313. We found his prices to be
reasonable (mid-range compared to other painters) for the quality of
work he does. The experience of our next door neighbor, who has had
their house painted several times since we moved in, is that you get
what you pay for when it comes to exterior painting.
My husband is a painting contractor (CA Lic #738605). He is also
bonded and insured. He mostly works alone (which means you get expert
painting, not just a good contractor and hack-painters), although he
will hire someone for big jobs. He has about 10 years experience in
the area (the last 2 as a contractor) and would be willing to provide
inquiries and gives free estimates. He is a one-man show, so no uninsured,
unskilled people will show up to do the actual work--he has painted for 10
years and you get all that expertise. He has local refererences and a
portfolio. He doesn't advertise and isn't in the phone book (and for 7
years it hasn't been a problem).
Eric Sorensen Painting pager/voicemail: 510-330-8469
Even if you do not contact Eric, I would encourage everyone to be very
careful about hiring people who are not licensed, bonded, and insured.
If they mess up your house (break your window, disappear in the middle
of the project, etc.), you have little or no recourse. Finally, the
state contractor's license board has an 800 number you can call and
punch in the contractor's license number to check if there are any
complaints or actions on a certain contractor (ANY type of contractor:
general, earthquake retrofitters, painters, landscapers, etc). I
think this is a good idea.
Eric Sorensen Painting
pager/voicemail (510) 330-8469
our home (510) 540-8363
Housepainters: I've been very happy with Bob Brokl and Al Crofts who are
by far the most reasonably priced house painters I've found and are also a
pleasure to work with and do a good job. I've recommended them to other
friends who have been thrilled, their prices being from half to 20% of
what other painters would charge for similar jobs. Their number is
I highly recommend Frank Haskell. He has painted the inside and outside
of our home. Frank is a true professional. He and his team take
tremendous care in the preparation -- helping clients select colors,
removing old layers of paint and wallpaper where necessary, filling in
cracks, smoothing out walls and applying primer. The result is a
flawless paint job that lasts. I don't have his phone number with me
now, but he should be listed in Oakland. If you have trouble finding
him, call me. Stephanie
We have used James Painting in Berkeley to paint both the
interior and exterior of our house twice. They are extremely
professional, curteous, and CLEAN. You can reach them at
510-841-6571. Feel free to use my name as a referral. Linda
Do not use James Painting. He painted our house a few years ago and did
a less than satisfactory job. He mis-calculated how many coats of primer
our house would need, then tried to convince me he was doing me a big favor
by putting an extra coat on. His painters painted over a couple of
windows, but didn't take off the paint, and several months after the paint
job I realized that none of our windows would open. Make sure that after
the paint job is done, that they un-stick all your windows.
I've used Teressa Romain, but you'll have to look her up in the phone
book. She's extremely pleasant, neat, and does a fantastic job matching
colors and completing the work. Wendy
I highly recommend John Dumitru, a painter that works through Cole Hardware
in San Francisco.
Least toxic interior paint? Child with asthma
I am befuddled by paint options. We have a child with
asthma, and need to paint a room at a time while we live
in the house. Can anyone recommend the least toxic
interior house paint available? I guess that means the
Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic line of super low VOC
paints called ''Aura''. Not sure if cost is an issue for
you, but if Aura is too expensive, I would also recommend
their Eco Spec line. I did lots and lots of painting with
both of these paints not long ago and was amazed at the
lack of odor. There was no ''new paint'' smell.
If you live in or around Albany, I'd recommend the
Benjamin Moore on San Pablo and Buchanan. The staff there
are really knowledgeable, although the store can get busy
I've used both yolo colorhouse paint (bought from Eco Home
Improvement on San Pablo) and the Aura line from Benjamin
Moore. Both were great - yolo has no offgas but a somewhat
limited color selection. The Benjamin Moore color selection
is overwhelming but the paint has a small off gas (if I
remember correctly). With both we never had the normal
paint smell - it was great. Good luck!
happy with our paint
Ecohome Improvement in Berkeley sells ZERO V.O.C. paints. No
toxic emissions at all. We've used their paints and they are
great. They are just like other paints, but without the
horrible vapors/smell. You can sleep in the room right after
you paint it, no problem. I am a person who HATES the smell
of paint, so after trying zero V.O.C. paint, I will never use
anything else. http://www.ecohomeimprovement.com/
When we moved into our house, we had to repaint the trims
and we went to a paint store in Berkeley (ecohome?) and
bought no VOC paint. Since I had to actually paint the
trims myself, I'm glad I got the no-VOC ones instead of
low-VOC. The people at the store can help you w/ your
I've also heard that all Behr paints are low-voc, don't know
if it's true.
I can't vouch that it's the best out there, but we recently used Yolo Colorhouse,
which is a ''low VOC'' (not no-VOC) paint. The salesman said that it was more
eco than some ''no-VOC'' paints, but I forget why. At any rate, we painted our
bedroom and slept in it that night - no smell at all, which was amazing. In full
disclosure, I have a friend who worked for that paint company at the time (but
no longer does), so that influenced my decision as well. I found the folks at
Eco-Home Improvement on San Pablo in Berkeley to be helpful. They carry at
least three brands of low- or no-VOC paint. Good luck.
anne, look no further than AFM Safecoat. i am extremely
sensitive to paint off-gassing and have had to repaint the
two homes that i've purchased in my life, including the
ceiling for one. while there are other zero-VOC paints, AFM
Safecoat is the only one which molecularly ''seals'' the layer
below. to be honest, i haven't tried the other brands
because AFM Safecoat worked so well, but when i had trouble
finding places to buy it, i spoke with an eco-paint vendor
and another paint manufacturer - both said that while their
paint would help, it wouldn't seal the layer below.
the only place i can get AFM Safecoat around here is in san
francisco - it's a store called Spring on Polk Street (cross
is vallejo, i think). the paint is very expensive, and you
have to call it in to get the paint mixed since they have to
get the formula from AFM itself. i gave the benjamin moore
color codes, and Spring will match it for you perfectly in a
it's the best - totally blocked out the previous smelly
paint odor and off-gassing, so no more sinus/breathing
issues. so there ya go: AFM Safecoat, available at Spring.
chemical sensitivity sufferer
Paint makes me quite sick. I try not to be at home when the painting is done.
I prefer Benjamin Moore's Aura Latex Paint over any other, even their Natura.
The latter is recommended for nurseries and has ''No Vocs'', yet I and many
others who are chemically sensitive or react badly to paint do better with the
Aura Latex. It has a lovely selection of colors. I did find that the enamel took
a long time to dry fully, and until everything is fully dry, it probably won't be
good for anyone with asthma to be near it. Do consider air purifiers, fans,
heaters, etc., and wait until warm weather if you can.
As a paint expert told me, the VOC's refer to what's in the pigment, and not
everything in the paint. I tried one from the ECO Home place and didn't do
well with it, though others might. You could also consult Debra Lynn Dadd's
website, and if you have a good allergist, I would start by asking her or him
Have you considered other arrangements, like a visit away from the house for
your daughter, if she is old enough? Or maybe the family could house-sit for
someone while your house is painted, so that your daughter needn't spend
time there, or sleep there.
Hope this helps. Judy
We recently used the Natura brand paint from Benjamin Moore
(from Raimondi's in Montclair). I was amazed at the lack of
odor in the room. I didn't have any real sensitivity to
latex or the fumes in the past, just didn't like the smell.
But now that we have a toddler, I figured this would be
better. And it is maybe double the cost of a gallon, but
still, not a lot more money overall. I'd recommend Natura.
Bryan in Oakland
No one mentioned the new low VOC paint called ''The
Freshaire Choice'' at Home Depot. I just painted a room
with it that had not been painted in like 60 years. I
chose a pretty deep color and it covered in one coat; over
deep stucco, that was white! No smell at all. It cost $36.
a gallon. They only have earthy colors, 26 shades, and if
you add tint you change the VOC according to their web
site...anyway it didn't splatter much overhead and I
really liked using it better than any other paint...Most
paints are too thin and messy!
Also, a friend recenyly popped for the eco home clay based
paint and it looks gorgeous. It was about $60. a gallon.
She said there was no smell and it was one coat. (Her's
was a similar color though.) It looks really good.
We used Benjamin Moore Eco-Spec to paint some of our rooms and had
great results, even with very dark colors. Eco-Spec is a zero-VOC paint
marketed to contractors. We found it to be less expensive than the Natura
or Aura lines. I'm not sure it is out on retail shelves, you might have to ask
for it. We bought ours at East Bay Paint Center in Albany.
For low emission paint, go to Eco Home Improvement, 2619
San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. Give them a call at 510-644-
3500. They have lots of low emission paint.
I need to have interior rooms re-painted and am extremely
sensitive to paint fumes. I have no experience with this, but
understand that there are paints that have low or zero volatile
organic compounds (??) that don't have the fumes problem. I would
like to find a painter who is experienced with these, who also
does a great job and isn't too expensive (am I asking too much?)
grateful for help
You don't need a special painter, you just need special paint. Low VOC paint (I don't
know of any ''no VOC'' paint works just like any other paint, but it costs a bit more
and sometimes won't come in deep, dark colors. Benajmin Moore's line is called
Eco-Spec, which we have used and liked but I think other paint companies have a
We've used Eco-Spec and been very happy with the results in terms of the paint and
in terms of having virtually no paint fumes.
Hire a good painter and then just tell them you what kind of paint you want. Be
sure they use low VOC for primer and trim as well
Satisfied Eco-Spec customer
Ecohome on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley has a good selection of
low and zero VOC paints. It goes on like any other paint,
although you may need an extra coat if you are using a darker
color. It is more expensive than traditional paint, but well
ALmost every major brand has zero/low voc line. Kelly Moore
has E-spec. Visit www.builditgreen.org and check out their
access green database - it will give you every paint
manufacturer that has zero/low voc paints in the Bay Area (which
is almost all of them). Any painter can order the paint just
like they would standard and the paint works just like the
standard paint. We just had our painter use KellyMoore's Eco
Spec and he was so glad not to have a headache at the end of the
day! One word of note, the darker the paint color the more VOCs
there will be in the paint. GOod luck
I dont actually have an answer to your question but wanted to let you know a little
more about the no-VOC paints that may help your search. I dont know much myself
but recently have been looking into it as a measure to reduce environmental toxins
in the home.
First - on the money question. Non-VOC paints are MUCH more expensive than
regular paints. I would say close to 4x as much. That was our experience. So, in
terms of your search for ''not too expensive''. just using the non-VOC paint itself will
drive the cost way up, depending on how much you are planning on painting. Not
saying its not worth it, but just wanted to make sureyou know about that.
Second - on the fumes. Yes, the fumes are much much much lower, but the can
still says to use in a well-ventilated area and I dont consider myself to be super
sensitive but could smell a trace of it, so much so that I didnt want my toddler to
sleep in the room for several days (and we didn't paint the whole room, just did
some touch ups around the windows). So, if you are that sensitive, you may need
to evacuate anyways.
Third - on a painter to do the job. Non-VOC paints function just like regular paint.
You dont need someone special to do the job. Like any painter, you can go pick up
the paint yourself and provide it to her/him. No special expertise needed.
Hope thats helpful
The painter I'd like to hire says he can paint the outside of
house which includes staining or painting wooden eves in the
winter Others I've talked to say I should wait till spring
becasue the paint won't dry properly in damp weather. I also
have to remove some roof tile to allow the painting . But we do
often have sunny stretches in the winter. I honestly don't know
if this is a good idea or waiting is best. anon
You said, ''I should wait till spring because the paint won't
properly in damp weather'' That has absolutely nothing to do
the failure of paint job. The paint will dry perfectly well,
especially in this recent weather we've been having (Jan. 19th
2009) What matters greatly, and this matters in the summer as
well, is the presence of moisture in the material that you are
applying paint to. Water that gets sealed in by paint must go
somewhere eventually, that's why peeling and especially
blistering of paint are prime indications of either painting
surfaces that are too moist or surfaces that have moisture
(leakage) problems. Don't get pushed into having work done until
your are sure there is a very low moisture content in the wood
before it is prepped,primed,and painted. Removing the first
course of roof tiles genuinely worries me too. That's the kind
thing that I'd leave to a very good roofer, and I've been doing
painting and remodeling for thirty years now. Ask Michael Green
at Precision Roofing for his opinion maybe, he knows his stuff.
510-436-7575. As for painting, well, I don't do that anymore and
my guy is too good too give away, sorry. But pay attention to
moisture content before the paint goes on and make sure it that
roof never leaks afterwards! Good luck!
Exterior Paint ~ brand recommendations please!
looking for paint reviews & recommendations. (painter not
after years of renovations we're finally painting the
exterior of our alameda craftsman; darker color brown or
green... all prep work will be thorough/superior; we heed
the mantra, 'prep, prep, prep & prep some more'. lead
paint removal will be to epa standards (got certified as
would love to hear paint brand pro's and con's.
Sherwin Williams Duration has great ratings, but heard can
be hard to work with for diy'rs. true? (we plan to spray)
benjamin moore? california? others?
finally on to the glam work!!!
I am sure you will receive many thoughts and recommendations
on various brands. After painting professionally for 31
years I still prefer Pittsburgh and Benjamin Moore paints
but only the top of the line,especially if it involves the
exterior. One final thought. Be sure to strain the paint
before you spray it otherwise it will clog the machine.
Happy painting. roger
I can't believe you only received one response as the paint
brand makes such a difference. After trying different
brands over the years (Sears, Kelly Moore, etc) I will use
nothing but Benjamin Moore, the highest quality Regal. Goes
on smooth and thick, drys well, keeps its color, and if
prepped well doesn't peel. smooth like butter
Do you have a great shade of yellow?
hi! rather than start from frustrating scratch, we were
wondering if anyone has found a great shade of warm yellow (for
the interior of a townhouse). the yellow will be framed by white
accents (some moulding). thinking warm butter to even a lighter
butterscotch but open to suggestions. thanks so much! judy
Try Desert Tan from Benjamin Moore: it's a warm, soft earthy
yellow, rather than a primary yellow. We have it in our living
and dining rooms and constantly get compliments--we liked it so
much that we just painted our sons room the same color! A yellow
that's not, well, too yellow.
Try Benjamin Moore 'Honey Wheat'.... My parent's just used this
in their remodeled kitchen and everyone loves it so much and
asks for the name. They got it themselves from a store owner
who used it in their store and said everyone asks them for the
name, too, and that the color is one that looks great during the
day and at night. We are in the process or remodeling and will
be using it in our living room/dining room as well.
Good question! After quite a bit of agonizing and testing, we
chose Behr's Banana Cream for our kitchen, and I love it -- it's
a warm buttery yellow that lights up the whole room (but not in
an overpowering way). Also in the running was Behr's Honey
Butter, which is just a bit darker/browner. Getting a sample,
or even just a paint chip, and living with it in different
lights is invaluable -- some things that looked great in
daylight were hideous in incandescent light and vice versa.
Cautious with Color
Yes!! It is called Harp Strings (color #213) and is made by
Benjamin Moore. We love it so much, we repainted our family room
and kitchen the same color after our remodel. Benjamin Moore's
website allows you to sample colors in sample rooms online. It is
pretty fun. Color can be funky on computer monitors, but it gives
you a feel: http://www.benjaminmoore.com
We used Decorator's White for our molding and trim and Swiss
Coffee for the ceiling.
I recommend that you sample a few colors, be sure to paint them
in the corners and on different walls to get a feel for how the
color plays in different lighting and at different times of day.
I'm looking for recommendations for shades of yellow paint for
our living room. We want a shade that is more on the warm and
buttery side rather than bright and yellow. It is a medium sized
room with great light. Any recommendations for shades of yellow
to consider (or to avoid) are greatly appreciated!
I have painted nearly our entire house by myself and have tried
lots of paints- I absolutely love Devine brand which in
particular has nice shades of yellows. The paint goes on smooth,
thick so splatters very little, and has lowest odor of all I've
tried. They have a shade called butter you'd have to try in the
room as with any others, they look so completely different
depending on the light. I really like their ''custard'' color, too
though lighter than actual ''butter'' it's just a warm, with warm
yellowish tone, hue. They have small sample paint pouches and
also 8 x 10 paper samples to try. I have gotten it at Pursel
Paints, top of University Ave. past Ace.
We used a Benjamin Moore color called Fresh Butter in our family room and
From your description of what you want, I think you might like it. If you
find a yellow
you like that might seem a little intense, you or the painter can cut it
with white until
you get the intensity you like.
The Benjamin Moore website has great tools for testing colors in various
We are moving my son into a new room in our house and he has requested we paint the room yellow. Anyone out there have a recommendation for a good shade that you've used? Lots of them look either too pastel or like pee or an egg yolk... Would love to hear if you have a shade that you're happy with. Thanks in advance.
We just painted our new baby's room a pale, creamy yellow: Benjamin Moore Windham Cream (HC-6). It's available in their low-VOC line, so it's not fume-y at all. You should give it a look...
To the person who wanted a nice yellow for her son's room: We wanted yellow for our daughter's nursery, and our painter recommended a lovely warm yellow called Devine Butter (the brand name is Devine - it's a more expensive paint, but worth it). However, it is really important to paint a large patch on the wall, wait overnight, and make sure it looks the way you want it. We went through a few different shades of yellow and were surprised at the way a few of them turned out (compared to how they looked in the swatches). Devine Butter worked on our wall, but it might not on yours.
Martha Stewart's "Pale Naples Yellow"
is a great shade of yellow. I tried over twenty yellows to get to this
one. I have used it in two homes in my daughter's room. It has looked
good with all directional exposures. It isn't too yolky or too grassy.
The quality of the paint hasn't been very good, so have another company
mix the color to match.
Picky About Paint
For the person whose son wants his new room painted yellow: color is so personal I almost hate to make a recommendation, but we have one wall of our bedroom painted Benjamin Moore "Showtime." It's a sort of 1960s mustardy color, and I totally love it. It's a strong color, but we have it on just one accent wall, and the other walls are a super-pale butter color called "Lightning White."
This is to the couple looking for just the right yellow for their son's bedroom. We have our kitchen painted in Hawthorne Yellow from Benjamin Moore and I couldn't be happier with the color. I'm extremeley picky about colors and went through three (useless) color consultants before I came up with this on my own. It's saturated with out being yolky, and it is neither pastel, nor drab. It has a slightly retro-feel to it - I believe it's in Benjamin Moore's Historic Colors collection. There is one shade lighter on the strip called Flax, which we have in a dark hallway. It's also a great choice for a room that might need extra brightening, though is every so slightly on the pastel side.
Benjamin Moore Fan
I have a house that has a black metal bannister. I would like
to paint this a pewter color. Can this be done and what kind
of paint would I use?
Krylon makes some really nice metallic paints that can be
applied to metal. I'm not sure how they'd wear, but I've used
them on a variety of surfaces/projects and they look beautiful.
Rust-o-leum and Plaid also make metallic paints, if Krylon
doesn't have the colors you're looking for. I'd say it's worth
We have a problem that we don't know how to fix. We
recently moved into our house and started repainting. The
biggest problem is in the kitchen. We put up two coats of
latex primer and then two coats of latex paint, which is
now peeling off in many places, and can easily be scratched
right off. Does this mean that we painted over old oil-
based paint? If so, how do we remedy this? Do we need to
sand all the way back down to the original paint? Or can we
apply oil-based primer on top of what we've already done?
We had a similar problem. I found out from several
contractors why paint may peel. Our maintenance guy
painted and scraped about 5 times, spent hours upon
painful hours with the paint bubbling in areas. Our
problem was that the dry wall was slightly moist from
having wicked up from the wet pergo flooring.
Other reasons that ''experts'' told us were:
1) oil based paint and latex cannot be painted on top of
each other. Need a primer in between. Correct.
2) You cannot mix two different brands of paint, and
particularly not latex and satin, for example. They were
wrong about this.
3) Need to prime before painting. Correct.
4) Walls may have residues of wall paper dissolving
solution, so you need to wash walls well prior to painting
otherwise it'll bubble up and not stick to walls. This
wasn't our problem.
Good luck! Perhaps it's moisture like our situation? We
did have to scrape all the way to the bottom, re-
texturize, it took a long time and I recommend someone w/
I hate to even think about it - but we had a similar issue
with our moldings (a main difference is that we hired
painters and they botched the paint when they were mixing
it). I could literally scratch off the paint with my
finger nail without even trying. It looked awful, was
totally child-unsafe and completely bummed us out. After
several experiments, the best remedy, as you say, is oil-
based primer. They didn't sand off the original mess -
which worried me, but it looks fine - actually good. For
most of it, they did use an oil-based paint to finish - but
not everywhere. Good luck,
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