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Learn more about Hester Painting & Decorating from our happy customers! We’re blessed to work with wonderful people and we’re especially thankful for all of the kind words about our work, team and services.

Commercial Client Testimonials

Jim Guthrie and his team (specifically Dennis and Florin) feel like an extension of our own company. They feel a sense of pride in the work that they perform for us and that is visible every time.

Erik GardstromLoDestro Construction

Thanks again for an amazing job, I appreciate all of Hesters' support!

Mark Herron, CPMM, CPSCustodial Manager for
Crystal Lake School District 47

The entire team from Hester stays on top of the jobs from start to finish and communicates very well. Tyler McCarthy referred Hester to me and he, as a painter, strives to give his customers a quality job!

M. HerronIllinois School District 47

It's rare that a company pays so much attention to detail, is so talented, professional, and will put in everything they have to help the project run smoothly.

Levy Restaurants

As a Facilities Manager, I work with dozens of vendors on a weekly basis. I have never had a problem with Hester, which speaks a lot to their professionalism.

J. GrossiFacility Manager, Johnson & Bell, Chicago, IL

Designer Client Testimonials

Thanks again for a job well done. The tone-on-tone golden stripe really created a subtle but striking background for this dining room.

Marilynn DavisInterior Designer

Hester Painting & Decorating is one of a handful of special sources that I have retained for more than twenty years. It is a pleasure to work with people who have such a wonderful blend of professionalism and artistry. Hester's work is of the highest quality, and they stand behind their work without hesitation.

Dale AndersonInterior Designer

It was a truly exceptional installation and your involvement has not only added to its beauty, but it was a pleasure to work with you. You guys are incredible. Your professionalism, patience, expert guidance, and willingness to cooperate were greatly appreciated.

Michael RichmanInterior Designer

I always call Hester when I want everything to be absolutely perfect. And besides that, these guys are really great to work with.

Laura BarnettInterior Designer

Hester Painting & Decorating is the first name that comes to mind when people ask for the best.

Mitch PutlackInterior Designer

Hester Painting & Decorating is a full-service company with very capable craftsmen who understand what designers are looking for and are able to execute unusual finishes and unique installations.

Alex JordanInterior Designer

This was my first time working with Hester Decorating. Your reputation is not exaggerated. Not only are your painters skilled at what they do, but are also a pleasure to deal with. I hope that we get the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

David W. Szafarz, AIALake Forest, Illinois

The Hester team consistently exceeds our expectations! Whether it’s making magic happen with an extremely hard to work with paper, or meeting an impossible deadline, they always come through.

Brianne Du ToitInterior Designer

Thank you for another successful project for my home. I've counted that is either #8 or #9 since 1989. The level of communication was tops and Andy's work was superlative. His ability to match existing colors to repaint areas of the house was extraordinary.

Claire H. GolanInterior Designer

Homeowner Client Testimonials

Hester Painting exceeded all expectations of professionalism, dependability and high-quality work. The team promptly responded to our requests for quotes and were punctual once the job started. The wallpaper work was exceptional! Highly recommended!

Nicole OffutChicago, IL

The painter did a wonderful job resolving our dog scratched doors. He was courteous, friendly, And very pleasant to be around. Terrific job!!

Julie Coleman BrownChicago, IL

We have been loyal customers of Hester Decorating for over 20 years. They are extremely professional and do excellent work. We highly recommend them.

Michael P.Chicago, IL

Gabriel just finished 2-1/2 days of work here at my condo, and I want to say that he did a terrific job.
I have always thought and said (since the mid 70s) that Hester Decorating is the best in the business, and Gabriel was no exception. He did perfectly beautiful work, and was outgoing and very pleasant the whole time. It was a pleasure to have him in my home.
Thanks for being such a fine organization that does such good work.

G. AndersonChicago, IL

Let me say first and with sincerity: you and your team have done a remarkable job and you are all terrific people! It’s been an eye-poppingly expensive joy! You get what you pay for has never been a truer statement.
We’ve gotten amazing comments, some from even strangers on the street! You should definitely submit this job to the Painted Ladies Contest or some such contest. You broke your necks to get what we needed finished by the time of the event we had last week. Thank you for coming through for us just as you promised!

JoAnn E.Chicago, IL

I appreciate your standing behind your work and want you to know that it did nothing but enhance your reputation with me. I look forward to the opportunity of recommending you highly.

D. Carlin

When I contracted with your company, I knew I would be employing the skills of very capable tradesmen. However, your sincere effort to enhance the entire project along with your gracious manner and personality has not only contributed to the success … but have also made it a real pleasure to work with you.

Burton L. KatzChicago, Illinois

You really came to our rescue and we will always remember how you dropped everything for us!

B. Golden

Another painter, of very discriminating practices, said you were the only guy he'd call. He was right. You're the best I've ever used.

Kim ErwinEvanston, Illinois

Thank you for your quick response on our needs for our Royal Ridge home. Of course, we are very happy with the work. The areas you stained the knicks repaired are great.

S. WalfishWinnetka, IL

The whole Hester team certainly went well beyond the call of duty to make sure the end result met or exceeded the high standards of myself and your company. Thank you very much for your excellent, professional job.

C. WebbChicago, Illinois

Now I know why the name Hester is the gold standard in Chicago.

J. WhiteChicago, Illinois

I can't thank you enough for completing Michael's office as expeditiously as you did. I have known you and your staff for almost five years, and you have never disappointed me. Your commitment to always servicing your client deserves great accolades. Thank you again for working with me and handling all aspects of the job in such a professional manner.

Michele MorrisChicago, Illinois

Hester does the best work!

T. LindChicago, Illinois

…Thank you for the exquisite job that Hester Painting & Decorating has done on our apartment. After looking at so many apartments, the workmanship in our home is superior. We really appreciate your hard work and attentiveness to details. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Shelley and Bill FarleyChicago, Illinois

There are so many treasures in this home and they showed such respect for our belongings, and their work ethics are indescribable. I cannot find words to fully express how grateful I am. You all deserve a stand-up ovation and I applaud you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

M. ChaplikChicago, IL

Nick was an expert at applying the stain/glaze over the existing finish of our built-in entertainment center. The results were amazing.

Steven Vara

We are writing to tell you how pleased we are with the decorating work done in our apartment. Every room turned out extremely well. ....Mike did whatever he could to make our experience of living with the work going on about us as comfortable as possible.

Fred and Susan MardellChicago, Illinois

You get what you pay for in life- the finished product was flawless- we could not be any happier. Some people may think it is just walls, but our walls are perfect. Worth every penny! Thank you.

J. RobinsonChicago, IL

Another ‘Hester Experience!’ What a pleasure it was to have John Puetz working in my home again…Whether it’s working with drywall, or wallpaper, or tile, or paint, or any other decorating medium, he excels in handling it all. John delivers on what Hester Painting & Decorating promises.

Audrey ZywickiNorthbrook, Illinois

Talk every one of your customers into doing annual maintenance. I should have listened to HPD before. It’s the only way to go!

B. WendtLong Beach, IN

You obviously have customer service and satisfaction at the heart of your business, a rare experience for us customers these days.

J. O'Donnell

Congratulations on your 40 year anniversary. It's not surprising your business has been so successful for so long. Your standards have always remained at a perfect level with so much honesty and integrity.

L. KinzelbergChicago, Illinois

Hester did an amazing job on my kitchen walls and ceiling. The walls were painted with a unique, custom finish. I had some water damage to several walls, and Hester's restoration was (literally) perfect. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail was exceptional. I strongly recommend them.

K. Reichert

Hester’s quality is impeccable, the company’s customer service ethic is outstanding, and all the people we have dealings with at the company are approachable, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We have no reservations about giving Hester Decorating our highest recommendation. They are top-notch and worth every penny.

Andrew C. Baker, Ph.D.

I send sincere thanks to you and your entire team for helping to make my home such a lovely place to live.

C. WebbChicago, IL

Thanks so much for completely changing the look of my home. It is the first time I have actually felt relaxed while people worked in my home. They were professional, meticulous, and detailed to a degree I have never seen before. Hester Painting and Decorating will certainly be my "go-to" painters from now on.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the expert job you always do. You are a wonderful and talented staff with your generosity. You are the best in the business in every way!

K. RibbonEvanston, Illinois

Thank you for always being the "The Best"!

L. BeckerHighland Park, Illinois

Knowledge of how to exactly match previous work done (Venetian plaster paint) several years ago. Also, cleanliness of the work area. There was relatively little disruption during the work.

Sharon Goodman

What a rare thing it is today to find someone who is interested in giving quality service. Working with all of you at Hester Decorating has been a pleasure.

Lois HorowitzEvanston, Illinois

Thank you for your excellent work and for sending us your best crew. Dave, Dennis, and Wesley were the best ambassadors your could have!

D. MurphyDeer Park, IL

We have been using Hester for over 30 years and have never been disappointed with their outstanding workmanship and customer service. Stellar in every way!!!

S. Gottlieb

What a rare thing it is today to find someone who is interested in giving quality service.

L. Horowitz

I had an extraordinary crew from Hester Painting this summer meticulously painting the exterior of our house. They were so pleasant to have here, arriving on time every day and leaving all things spotless in the evening. They did an outstanding job, and I am looking forward to having them back next year to paint the interior.

Jane H.Dune Acres, IN

Hester Decorating is top-notch. The entire Hester team has been polished, professional, personable, and a pleasure to work with.

M. BoganArlington Heights, Illinois

The company's reputation as being "the best" is well deserved. There may be less expensive painters/decorators, but I doubt that any will match the quality of the work done by Hester.

R. FuttermanRiverwoods, IL

I know it sounds crazy but I am thrilled to pay this bill. Zack walked into a disaster and transformed it into a thing of beauty I marvel at every day. He turned a little bathroom into a spacious oasis of calm. Every application perfect, crisp and clean.
Many thanks to everyone who worked here. Special thanks to Scott who is always amazing and makes miracles happen. Zack who is Man of the Hour. And, of course, you, Dee for making sure we are always in the communications loop.

M. MorantChicago, IL

Partner & Supplier Testimonials

Gracie and Hester Decorating have worked together for decades. The handpainted nature of our product calls for the highest level of expertise and craftsmanship during installation. Hester Decorating has consistently delivered for Gracie and our designer clients. In terms of customer service and communication, Hester Decorating has always been a pleasure to work with.

Mike GraciePresident of the Company

Hester Decorating and Sherwin Williams began our business relationship nearly four decades ago. From every level of our organization, we enjoy working with Hester Decorating because of their professionalism and organized approach to our partnership. They build lasting relationships and are true professionals in the painting world because of the culture they have created! Hester Decorating is a great customer to work with!

Josh KumferVice President of Sales The Sherwin-Williams Co

Hester Decorating has always gone above and beyond for clients with de Gournay projects. We are always impressed with their craftsmanship and professionalism and highly recommend their work to clients in the Chicago area.

Rachel Cecil GurneyDirector, The De Gournay

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