Oakland Painters

Stains and varnishes celebrate the grain and color undertones in your wood surfaces.

Interior elements (from beams and mantels to stair risers, balusters and balustrades, doors and windows) and exterior elements (shingles, decks, sidings, doors and windows) can all be stained to reveal the beauty of the natural elements that make up your home.

Learn about how we Restore, Stain and Varnish, Pressure Wash and Weatherproof wood surfaces.

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Restoration gives the wood elements of your home’s interior new life and beauty. Whether on wood windows, interior Craftsman trim or exterior decorative wood details, we strip the material back down to the grain to see what can be saved.

Wood restoration is a precise and labor-intensive process, involving the use of materials to halt wood rot and fillers to repair damage. It can cost more than traditional preparation processes, but will save you thousands in replacement costs. Restoration is also critical for environmental sustainability.

Bay Area homes are often built with high-quality wood from the original, old-growth forests of this area. Restoration gives that high-density wood new life and beauty.

Wood has colorful undertones. But like a stone whose color you can’t see until it gets wet, wood stays dull and dry until stain and varnish bring those characteristics to light. Stain and varnish hydrate the wood, highlighting wood’s natural color and encouraging it to reflect its natural beauty.

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Pressure Wash
Pressure-washing decks & fences makes them shine!

Pressure washing is also an important element of surface preparation. It cleans off the years of grime, mildew and accumulated dust to ensure proper adhesion of the material to be applied (primer and paint).

Here in the Bay Area, where homes move a lot, sealing, caulking and patching cracks and breaks in the materials substrate prevents water from getting in and damaging your home.

Wood trim and stucco don’t bond well with each other. The place where they meet is a common place to find surface cracks, breaks in the surface that allow water to enter your walls. For stucco homes, you can be suffering with wood rot years before you actually know it. That’s why it’s important not to let cracks in stucco go untreated.
The same is true for cracking or peeling wood: let it go and you’ll end up with rot.

We seal, caulk and patch cracking and peeling surfaces to protect them from the weather and its inevitable consequences.

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Our clients say

Laura Martin Bovard, Interior Designer, LMB Interiors

It’s hard not to stand on a rooftop and sing the praises of Catherine Baldi, principal of Arana Craftsman Painters. She’s sincere, authentic, professional, and kind. Their work is exquisite and clean. She and her staff always answer the phone, they fix anything on a job that ever goes wrong -- the need for which is rare because they are so good at what they do. She treats her employees like family; she brings people under her wing and grooms them and they stay with the company long-term. Over the years we have referred dozens of projects, interior and exterior paint and wallpaper jobs, and we look forward to referring dozens more.

Kathryn Carroll

Arana Craftsman did a great job painting my bungalow house and back cottage. Great attention to detail, and easy to communicate with. They cleaned up every day. I get many compliments on the new paint job!

Michael Knott

My experience with the Arana team was amazing. From beginning to end the process was easy and smooth and the results were great. I handed them the keys to my house, left for 10 days and came home to a beautiful “new” home. Would definitely recommend, especially for an old (20’s era) Craftsman home that needed a fair amount of repairs and prep.

Dawn Thomas

Arana did a great job painting the outside of our house. They provided a competitive estimate and provided a great team. Not only was the work done well, but they were also respectful and nice.

Serina Johnson

Thank you for the absolutely terrific job from start to finish. We couldn’t be happier with the transformation you guys performed on the old – peeling paint. Everyone was friendly, professional & qualified, just like your references all said.

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