Profiles magazine features local painter

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11865233988552.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘The retired owners of this Queen Anne home on State Street in Belvidere opted for a fresh coat of paint rather than the vinyl siding most of their neighbors use for exterior updates. After two months of heat guns, sandpaper and hard work, the house came alive with color.‘);

The Spring 2007 issue of Profiles magazine, released by Benjamin Moore & Co., features a cover story about the work of Perennial Painting & Decorating. Owner Larry Wahler and his team defined the term “elbow grease” restoring two Victorian-era homes in the area.

The home featured on the cover sat in disarray on Prospect Street—even the neighbors wanted it torn down. Wahler and his crew worked for the better part of a month with heat guns, sandpaper and seven cases of caulk before they even touched a bucket of paint! The final product invigorated the neighborhood, bursting with beautiful colors of the period.

The second home featured sits just off State Street in Belvidere. The retired owners opted for a fresh coat of paint rather than the vinyl siding that most of their neighbors use for exterior updates. After two months of more heat guns, sandpaper and hard work, the house came alive with color.

Larry Wahler and his company have worked on many rehabilitation projects around the National Avenue area. While the homes were built during the same era, the pair of Victorians were the first of that type for his company.

These two projects started a new era for Perennial Painting & Decorating. Wahler said he hopes to complete more projects of this type, favoring restoration over renovation. He told Profiles, “It may sound corny, but I am honored to have been chosen to work for people who make personal sacrifices to benefit these buildings and others in their neighborhoods.”

For more information about these beautiful restorations or to contact Perennial Painting, call (815) 566-2285, or e-mail at perennialpainters@insightbb.com. Look for their Web site to come online in the upcoming weeks: www.perennialpainting.com.

from the August 8-14, 2007, issue

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