Testimonials

Quality House Painting Jobs = Thousands of Happy Customers

exterior11With more than 60 years of experience, Lake Area Painting and Decorating, Inc. has accumulated hundreds and hundreds of happy customers. Presented below is just a small sampling of their comments.


“I know this is a little late but I just wanted to let you know that the quality of work and service on my project was great. Matt and his partner were excellent and kept me well informed through the entire project. They were great to work with and I would recommend them to others. Thank you!”

Gary Vasko
Stillwater, MN


“Excellent Job!  Thank you.”

Karen Lewis
Mahtomedi, MN


“You did a great job, we were very pleased.”

Vern and Vickie Nieman
Lake Elmo, MN


“My house looks like new, I love the doors.”

Scott & Christina Thomas
Stillwater, MN


“Lake Area Painting removed the existing popcorn from all of our ceilings.  We had LAPD do a smooth finished ceiling and they did an excellent job.  We also had them paint most of our interior walls. Excellent quality and great to work with LAPD.”

Mark and Sheri Burch
Woodbury, MN


“Always Excellent!”

Greg Keel
Lake Elmo, MN


“Went above and beyond to help out.  Took time to explain things. Made helpful suggestions to protect walls from moisture in winter. Were professional and expert in their work, did not try to skimp on job and added little touches to finish off work.”

Richard and Carol Tremaine
White Bear Township, MN


“I appreciated John’s hard work and work ethic.  Looks beautiful!”

Don and Meredith Fair
Stillwater, MN


“Great Job – Thank you!”

Kevin and Sarah Danforth
Mahtomedi, MN


“As before – Super Duper Job Guys!”

Patricia Sobieski
Stillwater, MN


“2nd time for painting, good job!”

Rosemary Masonick
Lino Lakes, MN


“Work looks fantastic!”

Drew and Laura Hanser
North Oaks, MN


“The company restored the plaster ceilings in a 130-year-old Victorian home. They repaired the plaster walls in one bedroom which included hanging, taping, mudding sheetrock and priming. The company did an outstanding job! I was especially impressed with their effort to communicate with me about progress and with the clean-up afterwards. They showed up when they said they would and stayed all day. They do not sub-contract their work. I highly recommend this company!”

Laurie Hayes
Stillwater, MN


“They were fast, clean and not too expensive.”

Denise Rutherford
Stillwater, MN


“Repaired and painted all ceilings, living, dining, kitchen, and hall.  Neat, clean, professional, and outstanding quality.  Work started and completed on schedule according to estimate. Decorator provided to assist with color selection, all work areas left clean.”

Holly Thompson
White Bear Lake, MN


“Painted exterior of house. Replace siding in several areas. If you want quality work, go with this company. I asked for bids from several companies. Lake Area was the only company that did not write up a bid on the spot. Jim came back a week after the initial meeting. He had a multi-page write up that we went through together. Specific problems were documented (along all 4 sides of my house), along with pictures of those areas, and solutions to the various problems. I was blown away by the thoroughness and professionalism. We discussed the process from start to finish. Jim also presented various itemized options, and I was able to choose very specifically the parameters for the job. NONE of the other contractors did any of this. Lake Area also had a designer come out and work with me on color selection. Due to time constraints with other contractors doing additional work on my house, I didn’t think that I’d be able to use this company, but they were able to move projects around and accommodate me. The crew assigned to my house (John, Tony, Chad) was extremely professional and knowledgeable. John (project manager) kept me informed every step of the way. It was a pleasure to work with them. This company was higher priced than the others, but well worth it. They use the highest quality products and do things the right way. I would use them again in a heartbeat!!!!”

Lois Bergerson
Circle Pines, MN


“They did some enameling work on my millwork in a hundred-year-old farmhouse. In my line of work and through many years of remodeling, I have worked with hundreds of contractors. It’s been very difficult for me to find a painter who does enameling on intricate mill work. I am extremely pleased with Lake Area Painting & Decorating. I am hard to please, I am fussy and perhaps a little neurotic, but this company exceeded my expectations in every way. The price for the work was reasonable.”

Cathy Rickert
Hugo, MN


“Lake Area painted virtually the entire interior of our home this spring. Their service was exceptional, highly personalized, professional…. everything you’d want in a contractor who was going to spend the better part of a week in your home. They were definitely NOT the cheapest estimate we received, but their attention to detail and the glowing comments of their past customers convinced us to go with them. We’re so pleased that we did. We’ve asked Jim and team to come back to do some staining work for us, and are confident we’ll be just as pleased with that project as we were with the walls and ceilings.”

Patricia Trepp
Afton, MN


“Painted our home and stained two decks.  Very extensive prep work including power washing and wood replacement.  Lake Area Painting & Decorating repaired and painted our home in 2008. It has been over four years and our home looks like it did on the day they finished painting it. I was hoping for and expecting excellent results, I have not been disappointed. I am writing this post because I just received a call from Jim Keenan (owner) asking if we were still pleased. It’s been four years and a contractor calls us back to see if we are still happy–NOW THAT IS SERVICE! I would recommend Jim Keenan and the crew at Lake Area Painting to all my friends and family.”

Joe and Jane Warren
Dellwood, MN


“Jim the owner and his employee showed up on time and spent about a half hour going over the work I wanted done. Than Jim left and his employee started the work. First the employee went over some paper-work with me and gave me a card to give him upon leaving if I was happy with the work. Than he made sure to lay down and hang tarps in order to avoid any spill over problems. He appeared to be very careful with everything he did. Jim stopped by several times during the day to make sure everything was progressing as planned. Although these were small areas I would for sure employ this company to do even big jobs in the future. And I would also refer my friends to this company. The employee also made sure to clean up all his work areas before leaving!”

Marguerite Mielke
Mahtomedi, MN


“Painted walls at a commercial property after water damage from the floor. They are very professional from the first visit to completion of the job.”

Tom Hermanson
Lake Elmo


“Painting and repaired walls and ceiling due to previous ice damage. Jim’s crew was efficient friendly and got done ahead of time. They even left my house cleaner than before the painting occurred! The best in WBL. Hire them!”

Tara McAdams
Stillwater, MN


“They restored our kitchen cabinets by removing stains, sanding, staining and applying clear coat varnish.  I liked our cabinet style but they were 26 years old and light wood and had numerous stains over time, especially on the cabinet fronts over the stove and by the sink where heat and water had deteriorated the varnish. I was almost embarrassed to get an estimate because they looked so bad.  But they assured me that they could make them look new again. It didn’t seem possible, but they wrote on the estimate “will make look new”….and it worked.  The job took three days. When I saw how good the cabinets were looking I had them also restore two doors in the kitchen. They covered counters and appliances with plastic, so no problems with stains. Love the fresh look. Note:  they do offer a winter/holiday discount. I waited until December so I could get the lower price.”

Julie Kramer
White Bear Lake, MN


“Exterior house painting and paint on time for interior structure of two-stall garage. The workers were professional and diligent with the work they performed.”

Dennis Bierschbach
Lake Elmo, MN


“Painting bedroom trim and stair railings.  Matt did a great job.”

William Huot
White Bear Lake, MN


“Excellent prep, quality painters, professional service.  You pay for what you get. Owner provided bid for exterior painting in August.  Written contract was provided with photos. Service started second week of September.  Excellent prep work including sanding and priming. Lead painter went over details of service to be provided before work was started. A few discrepancies were worked out during process. Painters were very professional and sprayed then brushed entire exterior with two coats. Very good clean-up as well.”

Chris Rodahl
Stillwater, MN


“Painting of a bedroom & walk-in closet including taking down & putting up of closet shelving – plus moving 2 large dressers.  This is our second experience with this company. Their painter arrived on time, worked so quietly doing a beautiful job & left it clean & tidy even using a vacuum to clean our stairway. Their written proposal was very complete & professionally done. Great company to deal with.”

James Craft
White Bear Lake, MN


“Matt at Lake Area Painting was very punctual, even coming at 7 a.m. so I could get to my office.  He is very easy to work with and personable. Also very flexible in changing the original work sequence. Excellent work.”

Sally Chrystal
Stillwater, MN


“Excellent, absolute, on time and great job. Clean-up superb.”

Greg Keel
Lake Elmo, MN


“John was here for part of two days.  He had a detailed checklist that he completed as he went.  He communicated clearly, was careful with the house around the work area, and the finished job was excellent.”

Carla Henry
White Bear Lake, MN


“A fire disaster last March left streak of black soot on some walls.  Our wonderful crew made our house look fresh and clean again.  I am thankful every day to have had such responsible men on the job.”

James Wirth
Marine on the St Croix, MN


“Jim and Matt were extremely professional and always on time.  They were very thorough, considerate and competitively priced and performed excellent work.”

Katelyn Bossany
Oak Park Heights, MN


“Washed, patched, primed and painted exterior of home.  They brushed the paint on by hand on rough cedar.  We had four different paint colors and six total different paints in all.  They were on time; they did it for the price that was bid even though they found problems.  They did the extra work and we are very happy with the results.  The work was completed on time and they were professional.”

Krystan Putney
Mahtomedi, MN


“Painters came as scheduled. They cleaned up each day’s work area.  Created minimal impact on our everyday living by strategically planning out daily paint tasks. Not only did they complete on time, but added in a few extras upon request, some at no extra charge. Our experience with them was exceptional. Their work was superior.”

Carol Tremaine
White Bear Lake, MN


“I have used Lake Area Painting and Decorating for years both inside and outside of my home.  I would never consider using anyone else becase I’ve been 100% pleased with the quality of their work, their efficiency, their problem solving ability, and their suggestions.  I trust Jim and Linda to make sure the jobs are done right and they always come through.”

Chris Bray
Grant, MN


“I cannot speak highly enough of my experience with Lake Area Painting & Decorating.  I have employed their services three times over the last decade, including repairing and re-skim coating walls and resurfacing ceilings, and received excellent service and top-quality outcomes each time.  From their responsive owners, Jim and Linda Keenan, to their very courteous and professional employees, to their extensive knowledge of, and skill implementing, paint, finishing, and wall repair techniques,  I could not have been more satisfied.  If you are seeking trustworthy, quality work at a reasonable price, Lake Area Painting & Decorating is the company to hire!”

Julie Bunn
Lake Elmo, MN


“Some 19 years ago we built our home in Grant, MN.  Lake Area Painting was selected as our painter from a field of 3 qualified contractors.  What a great choice we made!  The finishes have lasted and maintenance has been pretty much zero.  The workmanship was second to none!  If you want long lasting quality Lake Area knows how to deliver…and by the way they were on time and at budget.  Doesn’t get any better than that!”

Al Hammel
Grant, MN


“I have used Lake Area Painting for about 15 years to do various painting jobs both inside and outside of two seperate homes.  There is no one else in the Twin City area that will do as good a job as Jim Keenan and his staff.  They are timely, professional, courteous, neat and the quality of their work is unmatached.  The proposals for the work to be done are complete in every possible detail and the work is conducted exactly as protrayed in the proposal. There simply is not enough space here or enough words to express the superior workmanship of this company.  In addition Mr. Keenan is a man of exceptional integrity; he stands behind his workmanship and is genuine in his dealings.  I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns anyone would have about this company.  Tom Hutsell, 1167 Crestview Ct. S. Maplewood, MN  55119, 651-482-9235; tom.hutsell@comcast.net”

Tom Hutsell
Maplewood, MN


“Lake Area Painting and Decorating is the ultimate paint contractor.  Jime Keenan and his crew have been to my home multiple times in the past 20 years, and I have never been disappointed.  The crew is always very professional, and I feel comfortable having them in my home with me.  Their work is STELLAR!! You simply can’t go wrong when you hire their services.”

Mary Anderson
Mahtomedi, MN


“Never having had someone come in to paint for us, we didn’t know what to expect.  Jim and Norah met in the driveway and started unloading their painting equipment.  No time wasted. They came in smiling and ready to work!  We had the eqivalent of 8 rooms painted using 3 different colors AND three water damaged popcorn ceilings repaired and painted.  We were not sure about a color we picked out so they put it on the wall in several different lighted areas.  We chose a different shade, no problem.  Jim has a wonderful sense of humor and really knows the painting business.  Norah is an artist in motion and she never stops, from the time she sets foot in the door until she leaves.  This lady wastes no time!  We were amazed at her talent.  To do all work they did, they were here parts of 4 days.  The clean up was good too.  We highly recommend Lake Area Painting & Decorating.”

Mary Neumann
White Bear Lake, MN


“These guys are the best. They refinished our kitchen cabinets and made them look new again. I was worried we might have to spend more and replace the cabinets, but the Lake Area team saved us a lot of money. Professional staff. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again (our interior walls could use a new paint job) and recommend them to others. Still admiring a job well done.”

Julie Kramer
White Bear Lake, MN


“I have used Lake Area Painting multiple times both indoor and outdoor. This team does great work! It starts with excellent up front communication on what will be in the scope of the project. The work is top notch and the people are all professionals. Thanks LAPD for another great job and see you again soon!”

Frederick Koerschner
Mahtomedi, MN


“Lake Area Painting did an excellent job on the exterior of our 47yo home. Jim’s estimate was very thorough, informative, and accurate.They power washed everything, removed mildew & loose paint, filled holes, set nails and applied primer before 2 coats of paint. The results were excellent! Norah and her crew kept us informed each day. They were exceptionally diligent workers, neat(no paint splatters) and cleaned up each day. I would highly recommend Lake Area Painting to anyone that wants a professional job done that will last.”

Barb Wiberg
Roseville, MN


“The Lake Area team was great to work with, from the beginning to the very end.  We used them to clean and stain our deck, as well as painting trim, columns and doors in the front of our house.  The finished product looks great…we have gotten many compliments from our neighbors.  The Lake Area team was extremely thorough and professional through-out the entire process–particularly with the scheduling and impact on weather.  We never had to wonder when (or if) they were going to be working, as with other companies.  We would definitely use Lake Area Painting again and highly recommend them.”

Jason Walker
Mahtomedi, MN


“Jim Keenan, at Lake Area Painting & Decorating, was recommended to us by Dave at Abbott Paint. It was our pleasure to meet him and work with him on the project of staining our cedar ceiling in our porch. For the project we used a product that is not normally used like this and we were apprehensive about making sure it was applied correctly. Jim listened to our comments and concerns and also explained and recommended his best solution to address our concerns. He was willing to try several different types of applications so we would be totally satisfied. He was very professional, pleasant, and spoke from experience and knowledge. We thank you, Jim, for the work you did for us. It was a pleasure working with you and we couldn’t be happier with the end result.”

Don & Jan Bunde
Shoreview, MN


“Great job once again! Appreciate your attention to detail and your professional eye in mixing stain”

Holly Zoborowski
White Bear Lake, MN


“We have used Lake Area Painting and Decorating on projects around our home for more than 20 years. Earlier this year, we hired them to remove wallpaper and paint our kitchen. Again, we were so pleased with their work that we brought them back recently for a larger project involving removal of 30-year-old wallpaper from three rooms and painting of our two-story foyer and a bathroom. In each case, the crew was prompt and efficient, carefully explaining how they would do the job. They carefully protected furniture and other spaces from dust and paint, and at the end of the projects, left the house immaculate. We will use them again in the future.”

Kathy Derong
Vadnais Heights, MN


“LAPD is always reliable, our first choice!”

Gail Fulton
Mahtomedi, MN


“Great job, finished earlier than I expected.”

Rida Ander
Vadnais Heights, MN


“We hired Lake Area Painting to paint the interior of our home. We needed alot of wall repair (nail pops, old wallpaper removal, ceiling, etc.) before painting. As with construction projects, there were a few unforeseen issues that Jim addressed and offered suggestions for improvement promptly to keep on schedule . John and Josh did a fantastic job with the repairs and painting! We love the finished product and would definitely call Lake Area Painting again.”

Tom Buche & Kelly Dupay
Oakdale, MN


“I have a 1962 wood sided rambler. I asked Jim to take a look at the house and let me know if it would be worth painting or if I should have the house sided. I wanted to hire him as a consultant so that he could be paid for his time in case I didn’t move ahead with the painting job. After careful consideration, Jim told me that if I had the house painted, it would require stripping the siding to bare wood, then prime and paint. For the cost of painting, Jim recommended that I have the house sided instead. I was so impressed with his honesty. Before emailing Lake Area Painting for an estimate, I checked online for reviews (Angie’s List) and then checked out the company’s website. There were examples on the site of painting some of the old homes in Stillwater. Since I work in Stillwater, I am very familiar with what homeowners need done with painting those old beauties. Jim’s explanations were right on and in line with what other homeowners have shared with me. I would HIGHLY recommend Jim for his integrity and honesty! I checked out several painting companies and Lake Area Painting really went to the top of the list. Though I won’t be using Jim’s services (per his own recommendation which speaks for itself!) for my house project, I was extremely impressed with his service. Jim even returned one of my phone calls while he was on vacation in Mexico. I’d call that top notch service. By the way, I was never charged a dime for his consultation. 5+ stars for Lake Area Painting.”

JoAnn Gundhauser
White Bear Lake, MN


“We are repeat customers and with good reason. Beginning with a very thorough, detailed and informative estimate, Jim guided us through the process, discussed options and answered all of our questions.

When they started the job we knew exactly what we were getting with no surprises. Everyone was courteous and very easy to work with. Norah did an excellent job of keeping us apprised of the progress and readily discussed all of the daily details. She is also an outstanding painter. We have several double hung windows with divided lights. Watching her paint was like watching a virtuoso perform a concert! Her crew, John and “Little John” were punctual, courteous, meticulously neat and also extremely skilled painters. They painted most of the interior of our home and nightly left as much of it as possible accessible.”

Kevin Kaczorek
Mahtomedi, MN


“Had my cracked popcorn ceiling transformed into a beautiful, clean knock down. They were quick, did a fantastic job, and I couldn’t believe how well they cleaned up. Highly recommend!”

Megan Quinn
Hudson, WI


“Top quality-from Jim’s estimate to final day of touch up and clean up. Excellent communication from Norah all along. They made the sanding of our entire house before painting actually bearable. We love our new look. Thanks Lake Area P&D.”

Andy & Carol Haak
Grant, MN


“Lake Area Painting and Decorating has provided our family with exceptional customer service and unparalleled quality. Jim is clearly passionate about this business and he has gone above and beyond to take time to explain different options for us and outcomes for us with each project. We have had work done by LAPD on three occasions and I recommend them to anyone with a job to be done, big or small. We have had other services prior to discovering LAPD and it was, honestly, a terrible experience. I am so thankful that Jim has been willing and able to provide a refreshing experience.”

Ashley Sievers
White Bear Lake, MN