Star Painting and Wallcovering had the honor of restoring a truly historic building to win the 2015 PDCA KILZ Picture it Painted Professionally Commercial Wallcovering Award. The Blue Bell Inn, located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, was used by none other than George Washington as a place to strategize and rest. Getting the opportunity to work on such a historic building and impressing those who dine there was a great honor for Dave Carhart, owner of Star Painting.
“It’s very nice to be recognized as a company on a national level,” says Dave. “I think it’s very prestigious. We sent a write-up to all of our customers. A lot of them went to the restaurant to eat, so the owners of the restaurant loved it. We’ve received a lot of feedback from them on how good the restaurant looks.”
The inn changed ownership in April of 2013 and was closed for over a year while renovations were made. Star painting began their portion of the project in October of that year. PDCA Industry Standards played a vital role in making sure the project ran smoothly.
“We’ve been a member of PDCA for longer than I care to admit,” says Dave. “PDCA sets the standards in the painting industry. I go by the PDCA guidelines and include the standards in all my estimates.”
Star Painting used PDCA Standards P7 (Job Sequencing), P16 (Wallcovering Removal in Preparation for New Finishes or Wallcovering), P18 (Recommended Protocol for Documenting Extra Work to a Contract), and P21 (Designation of Stain and Clear Coating on New Interior Wood). Using these standards on their projects has helped Star Painting win several PDCA National Industry Awards over the years.
“We have a shelf with all our awards on display,” says Mark. “It’s a good feeling to know that your company is as good as any other one out there in the nation. Of course, there are a lot bigger companies, and there are so many varieties and segments that it’s hard to fathom. I think the awards separate us from the pack.”