Meet Classic Colors
Ted Johnson, owner of Classic Colors at 1200 State, believes that home do-it-yourself shows on television do a disservice to the viewer.
“They make it look too easy…a couple can supposedly repaint a room in a couple of hours and remodel their bathroom in a weekend,” he says. “What they don’t show is the prep work that must be done before you paint your room or lay flooring, and that’s the hard, time-consuming part. You can make any room look great, but it takes work.”
“We get calls every day from homeowners who are dissatisfied with their projects,” agrees Sales Manager Mark Horman. “We want to help them get it right the first time so they don’t have to spend the money and time to do it over.”
A plan is essential.
“When remodeling, you first must decide what you are going to keep from the current room,” says Ted. “If you are starting over from scratch, make the first decisions about things you cannot change easily, like the cabinets, countertops and flooring. Furniture and drapery choices will come next and one of your last decisions will be what color to put on the walls. Paint color can be changed easily, and we can help you match the other decisions you’ve made.”
Then, commit to the prep work. Walls must be cleaned, holes filled and sanded, and baseboards and ceilings protected if they are to be a different color. The entire wall needs a coat of primer, preferably the same color as the top coat.
“Many people want to skip the primer coat,” says Ted, “but the primer coat serves as an adhesive that bonds the new color to the old one, and more importantly, it gives the whole wall a smooth surface with the same density so the top coat of paint will dry evenly. You don’t want patches of dull spots.”
Quality products make the job easier.
“You’ve got to invest in the right tools,” says Mark. “They make the job so much easier, A high quality product, like Benjamin Moore paints and Old Masters or Zar stains cover better and often eliminate the need for additional coats, making your project more cost-effective in the long run.”
Classic Colors, established in 1998, is an extension of Ted's family’s painting business, Johnson Painting & Decorating, which was established in 1923. In addition to paint, stains and wallpaper, they carry pool paint, concrete coating, blinds, drapery, hardwood and natural stone flooring, and tile, and they offer custom upholstery and complete decorating services from Interior Designer Angie Chalabiani.
“From door handles to faucets and beyond, we are able to get customers the products they need to complete their project. Because we are independent, we are able to provide almost any product or service,” says Mark.
For commercial customers, Classic Colors can provide industrial touch up paint and custom mixed colors for companies to ship with products.
For your next project, stop by Classic Colors Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon or call them at 222-8500.