About College Craft

There Really is a difference in painting companies!

Outstanding Chicago house painting service by College Craft-Interior, Exterior, Residential &Commercial.
“The interior and exterior paint job has exceeded our expectation – it looks awesome and we couldn’t be happier. Everyone we have worked with at College Craft has been exceptional and we give out your name with the highest recommendation. Your crew went above and beyond to make this a great experience. I have already recommended College Craft to family and friends!” ~ L. F. Wheaton

Each year, hundreds of customers trust College Craft to provide a wide variety of painting and maintenance services at their homes and commercial properties. This is because we provide unparalleled quality, service and value to every customer.

College Craft has been providing exceptional interior and exterior painting and home maintenance services to Chicagoland neighborhoods since 1960. We were founded in 1960 when college student O.T. Nelson pulled some friends together and painted their first home. A hand-lettered sign in the front yard read “Painting Done by College Craft Painters.” Terry’s business phone was his parents’ home phone and his office was the kitchen table.

In 1975, current owners Scott Mennie and Terry Anderson took control of the company. Through their leadership, College Craft has evolved into a year round, professional painting company. Though we don’t hire many students anymore, our mission remains the same: providing our residential and commercial customers with the very best quality, service, and value.

Interior & Exterior Painting - College Craft - Professional Residential & Commercial Painters in Chicagoland Area
“Wow! We could not be any happier with the painting. Mario and I feel like we have a new home!! The work is beautiful!
Your crew was just awesome. They were so friendly and fun, but always professional with their work. I never felt uncomfortable leaving the house with them here.
Thank you for such a pleasant experience.”
~ A.M. Bartlett, IL


➤ Founded in 1960 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
➤ Over 80,000 customers served
➤ Locally owned & managed
➤ Serving all Chicagoland
➤ Experienced, polite year round crews
➤ Fully insured – Workers Comp, Liability, Umbrella
➤ Best warranties in the painting industry
➤ Thousands of references – 96% customer satisfaction
➤ Residential, multi-family and commercial expertise
➤ Very thorough, written proposals – no hidden costs or fees
➤ EPA Lead Paint Restoration certified
➤ On site, experienced foreman on every job
➤ Interior, exterior, commercial, residential
➤ Carpentry and other home repairs
➤ Outstanding products from Sherwin Williams and other fine companies

The College Craft Difference

Painting companies are not alike. Our customers choose us again and again because we stand out from other painters in four major areas: Our Experience, Our People, Our Reputation and Our Value.


No other painting company can come close to our experience serving residential and commercial customers.  Since 1960, we have painted over 80,000 jobs. We know what every project needs.  We know the correct preparation, coatings and application systems to complete your job efficiently and give you a beautiful, long lasting job.   We do not take shortcuts, we do not cut corners.  We do the job the right way – every time. And because we have such extensive experience, we can do your job with maximum efficiency which saves you money.


College Craft has been painting homes throughout suburban Chicago since 1960.  We have probably painted for some of your neighbors. Our customers know they can trust College Craft to do the job right and that we will be around to stand behind that work with the best warranties in our industry.  We are locally owned and we are a year round, full service professional house painting company.


We are extremely careful when we select our people.  Each of our crews has extensive experience working with College Craft.  They are familiar with our high standards and are able to handle all aspects of interior and exterior painting.  Our workers are friendly, honest and very hard working.  We have a job foreman on every job to assure that your job is done correctly and on time.


Our prices are very competitive with other legitimate contractors.  Our written estimates are very thorough with no hidden charges or additional fees.  We show you exact prices for labor and paint and if you wish, we can provide pricing for optional items.  Our industry leading experience allows us to price your job with great accuracy to provide enough time to do the job correctly. And, because we know more, prepare better and use better materials, our jobs last longer which helps protect the value of your home and saves you money for years to come.
Chicago area house painters - College Craft - Interior & Exterior
"Your crew was great and did a great job at our house last week. They cleaned up and touched up when the big job was done. They all had great personalities. If other friends or neighbors of ours want a suggestion for painting, we will recommend College Craft." ~ M. A. Glen Ellyn, IL
Chicago area house painters - College Craft - Interior & Exterior - Residential & Commercial
"These guys were fabulous. Hard working, kind and personable. Excellent at their craft and skills. Wonderful crew – and fast! Thank you for your efforts in getting our home ready for our party." ~ K.W. Elmhurst, IL
Chicagoland painting company - College Craft - Interior & Exterior - Residential & Commercial
"I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic job your painters did. Your foreman was wonderful as was his crew. Besides being very skilled painters, they were extremely professional and polite. I feel like I have a new home. Thank you!" ~ M. M. Elburn, IL