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Historic Home Restoration: How a Professional Painter Can Help

Historic Home Restoration: How a Professional Painter Can Help

The San Francisco Bay area is famous around the world for its architecture, and many of our homes have become landmarks for their classic beauty and creative charm. While owning a historic home in Oakland or the San Francisco area is something to enjoy and to be proud of, the effects of time can be a challenge. When a historic home is starting to show its age, how can you restore it? What services would a professional painter have to make it glow with health and beauty again?

Surface Restoration

When wooden surfaces on your home exterior have deteriorated, an experienced painting company can restore them. It takes special skill and knowledge to be able to remove and replace damaged sections in a way that will match the rest of the home. Also, there are wood fillers and other techniques that can be used to halt and reverse the effects of time.

Protective Coatings

Your exterior paint doesn’t just beautify your historic home; it protects it from weather and insects that would otherwise cause it to crumble. An experienced painting contractor will use high-quality primers and exterior paints to make sure your home is thoroughly preserved from the deleterious effects of nature.

Authentic Historic Colors

While many of today’s trendy colors are vibrant and attractive, the most fitting color choices for a historic home are those that are authentic to the period when it was designed.

One way that a professional painter can discover the original color of your historic house is by carefully removing subsequent layers of paint, like an archaeologist! This can be done without leaving visible damage on the surface.

A painter who is experienced with historic restorations in the San Francisco area also has other tools for keeping colors authentic. For example, their work on other homes in the area will inform their recommendations. Also, the architecture and style of our region has been very well documented, so there are many photographs, paintings, descriptions, and other resources to help get the look just right.


MB Jessee, the Bay Area’s Experienced Painting Company

If you are looking for a helping hand to restore your historic home to its full beauty, you can trust MB Jessee to produce exceptional results. Our experts can help you select the colors that will make your home stand out in the crowd, and our painters will make sure the house is protected against the effects of time and nature.

MB Jessee serves Oakland, San Francisco, Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City, Freemont, and the greater San Francisco Bay area. Contact us today to find out how we can serve you with interior and exterior house painting!

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“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

“I just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“The people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“I can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson