Hester Painting & Decorating have been the experts in residential painting in the Chicagoland area since 1968, including the Gold Coast, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Highland Park, and the rest of the North Shore. We specialize in painting new construction and existing homes, both interiors and exteriors.
Adding the Commercial Painting Division over 25 years ago, Hester’s highly skilled professionals provide interior and exterior painting and wallcovering installations for tenant improvements, schools, healthcare facilities, warehouses and data centers, and all other commercial needs in the Chicago area.
We strive to continue the tradition of our founder, Tom Hester, in providing unparalleled customer service, the highest quality craftsmanship, individual and business integrity, and outstanding creativity to all of our clients looking for the very best in painting and faux finishing.
Hester Painting & Decorating has been providing homes and select commercial establishments with high-end painting and decorating services since 1968. Family patriarch, Tom Hester, founded the company, wanting to be known as the “best painting contractor around”. Now, over five decades and three generations later, Hester Painting & Decorating remains dedicated to Tom’s goal. Since 2013 we have been voted Best Painter by the readers of Better Magazine, and Best of Houzz for Customer Service for numerous years.
Hester Painting & Decorating boasts more than 75 skilled painters and craftsmen. By instilling pride in our concept and services while providing year-round work to our painters, we retain the brightest and most talented painters in the industry. Our painters and supervisors also regularly attend training seminars in order to keep up with the newest and most unique faux and specialty finishes.
In fact, the Industry-leading Franklin Report gives Hester Painting & Decorating a Consumer Approval Rating of over 99% satisfaction.
We feel very fortunate for our 55 years of success. One way of showing our appreciation is through giving back. Another is by paying it forward as several members of our team are involved in the training of aspiring painters and provide consultation on local and national painting contractor boards.
Our work speaks for itself! Enjoy browsing our portfolio for ideas and inspiration for your home!
Meet The Team
Hester Painting & Decorating celebrated 50 years in business in 2018. Over twenty years ago Stephen saw the potential to expand the company from one that offered 100% high-end residential work to include the commercial market as well. That decision helped the company greatly expand its revenues. Today Hester Painting & Decorating provides its well-reputed service to residential and commercial clients throughout Chicagoland and across the country.
Jeff is President of Finishing Contractors Association of Chicago, and he serves as a trustee on the board of the union-run apprentice painting school, which operates a 120-week, three-year program and the union pension fund.
Like his father, Jeff studied the painting trade at Chicago’s Washburne Trade School. He joined the company in 1978.
Scott was promoted to superintendent and estimator for the city in 2002 and has flourished in this role. Scott attended Chicago’s Washburne Trade School and participated in the industry apprentice program. He also has a background in architectural drafting and art.
John attended Chicago's Washburne Trade School and is a National Wall Covering Panel Contest winner.
Prior to joining Hester he owned his own company for 14 years. He graduated from Triton College in 1979 and Washbourne Trade School in 1982.
Jim received his BS in Construction Management and Engineering from North Dakota State University. While he started out in carpentry, he has been in the painting business since 1988.
Awards and Accolades
- 1997 PIPP First Place – Faux Finishes Type III – “Clifton Residence Great Room”
- 1998 PIPP Award – Faux Finishes Type III – “The Ryan Residence”
- 1999 ASID Appreciation Award
- 2002 PIPP Award Wallcoverings Category III – “Gracie Paper Installation”
- 2002 PIPP Award Faux Finish Category III “Downtown Chicago Residence”
- 2002 Home Book Design Excellence Award – Silver Award Fabrics, Wallcoverings, & Upholstery
- 2002 Home Book Design Excellence Award – Bronze Award Fabrics, Wallcoverings, & Upholstery
- 2002 Home Book Design Excellence Award – Honorable Mention Fabrics, Wallcoverings, & Upholstery
- 2003 Home Book Design Excellence Award – Gold Winner Fabrics, Wallcoverings, & Upholstery
- 2003 PIPP Award Residential Faux Finish Type III – “Grand Beach, Michigan Residence”
- 2004 Illinois Family Business of the Year Winner – Medium Business Category
- 2006 PIPP Award for Superior Commitment to Safety in Work Place
- 2006 North Shore Magazine Make It Better – Best House Painter
- 2006 Top Specialty Contractors – Midwest Construction
- 2007 North Shore Magazine Make It Better – Best House Painter
- 2007 PIPP Award – Residential Decorative Faux II
- 2007 American Painting Contractor Who’s Who in the Painting Industry – Mr. Hester
- 2009 PIPP Award Residential Wallcovering
- 2009 Star Performance Award
- 2010 PIPP Award Charity Paint Project – “Coach Care Center”
- 2012 PIPP Award Commercial Interior Painting
- 2013 Make It Better Magazine – Best Painter
- 2014 Best of Houzz Award – Service Category
- 2014 Make It Better Magazine – Best Painter
- 2015 Best of Houzz – Service Category
- 2015 PIPP Award – Charity Paint Project – “Wilmette Theatre”
- 2015 Make It Better Magazine – Best Painter
- 2016 PDCA PIPP Award – Commercial Interior
- 2016 Best of Houzz – Service Category
- 2017 Pulse of the City News Award – Customer Service
- 2018 *EXCELLENT* Contractor Score – 1337
- 2018 Make It Better Faces of Chicago
- 2018 Make It Better Magazine – Best Interior Painter
- 2018 Make It Better Magazine – Best Exterior Painter
- 2019 *EXCELLENT* Contractor Score – 1342
- 2019 Best of Houzz – Service Category
- 2019 Pulse of the City News Award – Customer Service
- 2019 Make It Better Magazine – Best Interior Painter
- 2019 Make It Better Magazine – Best Exterior Painter
- 2020 *EXCELLENT* Contractor Score – 1428
- 2020 Hold Tight – Contractor Community Champion
- 2020 Better Magazine – Best Interior Painter
- 2020 Better Magazine – Best Exterior Painter
- 2021 Build Magazine, Build Home Builder Awards – Best Chicagoland Painting Contractor in 2021
- 2021 Better Magazine – Best Painting
- 2021 Best of Houzz – Service Category
- 2021 Best of Houzz – Service Category
- 2021 *EXCELLENT* Contractor Score – 1581
- 2022 Faces of Design – Luxe Magazine
- 2022 Better Magazine – Best Painting
- 2022 *EXCELLENT* Contractor Score – 1606