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We’ve Only Just Begun

I have always loved new beginnings just as much as I love consistency and tradition. This year marks 14 years as a Company and 14 years of assisting Bay Area homeowners in their greatest effort. Each year our team grows a little bigger and a lot stronger and we get to be even better at the level of service we provide. Some of our biggest [...]

2018-01-23T23:07:44-08:00December 1st, 2017|

Support For At-Risk Young Girls

I have given to many a good organization throughout my lifetime, but none has inspired me more than the fight to protect vulnerable young girls. You have no doubt heard that there is a rise in the number of stories about missing and exploited youth. In fact, according to UNICEF 1.2 million children worldwide are being trafficked each year and Oakland is considered one of [...]

2018-01-23T23:07:44-08:00November 10th, 2017|

Home Is Where the Heart Is, Folks

Scout said it best in To Kill A Mockingbird: “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.” - Scout These are words I live by in business and pleasure and how I approach everyone I meet through work and play. An East Bay native by way of Philadelphia, I bring to Arana Craftsman Painters my 20 years of work in the home industry through [...]

2018-01-23T23:07:44-08:00October 1st, 2017|


August is such a special time of year; summer is in full swing, there are countless events and festivals taking place, and it also marks the 6th birthday for my dog, and Arana’s unofficial mascot, a French Bulldog named Buddy. After traveling for the better part of a year, working remotely, and being away from my furry, life co-pilot, I am so glad to be [...]

2018-01-10T08:41:33-08:00August 8th, 2017|

A Summer of Celebrations

Summer 2017 marks several milestones in our Family. Ernesto and I celebrate 14 years of marriage, our eldest daughter Sofia turns 13 and our Company which has grown right along with her also turns 13! Teenagers are now ruling our household with summer sleepovers, slime making sessions and late-night dance parties. Childhood is relived again and again with them and as they begin to find [...]

2018-01-23T23:07:44-08:00July 1st, 2017|

A Kitchen Cabinet Refresh

Why replace when you can paint? Are you tired of the look of your cabinets, but you don’t want to go to the expense of replacing them? Don’t worry, you still have good options. We recently completed a project in San Francisco, refinishing old existing cabinets to have a beautiful and modern aesthetic. Instead of applying oil-based paint — which is traditionally used on painted [...]

2018-01-23T23:07:44-08:00December 6th, 2015|