Ferd Johnson Painting and Decorating: family-owned, community-focused for more than a century


If you’ve ever visited the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio on 428 Forest Ave. in Oak Park, then you’ve seen some of Ferd Johnson Painting and Decorating’s work.

Ferd Johnson Painting and Decorating has been working on projects throughout the Midwest since its establishment in 1910. The business has decorated residences, movies theaters, casinos, churches and more for over a century.

Other historic buildings Ferd Johnson has worked on include The Harry S. Adams House, The Harry C. Goodrich House, The Mrs. Thomas H. Gale House, The John I. Jones House, Cheney Mansion and more.

"I love this business for so many reasons,” Bob Johnson, third generation businessman carrying on his family’s legacy, told Illinois Business Daily. “Mainly for the customer interactions and knowing we are perfecting their dream visions that will live with them every day."

"We make sure that each job is done correctly and professionally from start to finish,” Johnson added. “From properly masking [the] interior before we touch [the] walls or cabinets, to layering three coats at the finish. It's our expertise, attention to detail and client relationships that really make the difference."

The family business started when Mr. Axel Johnson migrated to Oak Park, Illinois, from Sweden and founded this renowned Painting and Decorating business.

Whether it's redecorating a bathroom or painting a historic building, Bob Johnson expresses there is no project too small or large for his team. It's not uncommon to see Ferd Johnson trucks crossing the borders of Illinois to take on projects for client's summer homes and lake houses. 

It has always been about client satisfaction for Ferd Johnson. “Being involved with the client every step of the way from the first meeting to the final reveal is something we really pride ourselves on,” Johnson said. “Having thrilled clients time and time again, is one of the coolest aspects of this family business."

The company’s rich history is shown through its many projects that include a gallery of community churches, historic buildings, museums and famous homes. Johnson’s business is fully insured allowing them to work on modern architectural structures such as luxury condos, apartment complexes and dream homes on Lake Geneva.

The main list of services provided by Ferd Johnson Painting and Decorating include paint jobs, wallpaper installments, faux finishes and wood finishing.

Services for specialty and period wallpapers include Maya Romanoff, Osborne & Little, Cole & Son, Bradbury & Bradbury, Sanderson, Carter and Company, J.R. Burrows and Wolff House. Other wallpaper jobs include natural fiber papers, Grass cloths, Silks, Lincruta, Anaglypta, and more.

For a full list of services, check out the company’s website or submit a contact form to start building your dream visions with Bob Johnson and his team.

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