Chicago Luxury Home  |   Fine Interior Painting and Refinishing. Cabinets, Wallpaper, Faux Finishes.

About Us

Luxury Cabinetry Painting

ERNST specializes in luxury cabinetry painting.   Designer brands like Clive Christian and Christopher Peacock choose ERNST for their astute needs.   We understand the cabinet painting process and deliver the luxury finishing discriminating clients expect.  

Complete luxury home painting, faux finishing and wallpaper

We have 20 plus years of experience in creating magnificent luxury home interior finishes.  We are proud to have painted and wallpapered some of Chicago's most desirable estates.   ERNST is staffed to complete projects that range from suburban mansions, downtown penthouses, to luxury single family homes.   Our reputation is quality, reliability and competitive pricing.  

Cabinetry Restoration

ERNST restores cabinets to a showroom quality finish.  If your existing cabinets function well you might consider exploring restoration.   ERNST multi-step process assures a quality finish that will last many years.  

ERNST painting & fine finishes

High Gloss Lacquer finishing

Exquisite Gloss Spray Surfacing Masters

Luxurious surfacing that is velvety smooth to the touch.  This level of finishing is artistry and requires a high level of craftsmanship and experience.

High Gloss Cabinetry Painting

Absolutely no shortcuts!  It's worth saying twice:  absolutely no shortcuts!

*Meticulous catalouging and storage of cabinetry hardware

*Washing of all surfaces to be coated.  Grease and oils from cooking, touching, and cleaners need to be removed so that there are no adhesion issues.  This step is indispensible

*Comprehensive preparatory work.  No dents or dings are left behind.  Aggresssive sanding, usually sanding up to 400 grit sandpaper to ensure no sanding marks telescope through the coating and are visible in the final product

*Usually (2) coats of undercoater.  Undercoaters are high build primers that are meant to be sanded smooth. Think of them as preparatory tools that help perfect the surface

*Multiple coats of finish.  It is not uncommon for up to (3) coats to be applied-more when decorative effects are applied (glaze, toners, etc.)

Interior Velvet Touch Finish

Absolutely no shortcuts!  It's worth saying twice:  absolutely no shortcuts!

*Adjacent surfaces will be protected via drop clothes & masking 

*Use of Festool powertools to create as dust free a project as possible

*Light scuff sanding before and between all applied coats to ensure adequate smoothness and adhesion

*Filling of nail holes and caulking of joints and seems where appropiate

*Repairing of holes, dents, dings, scratches according to job specifications

*Priming where necessary (patches, water damage, proper adhesion, etc.)

*Standard of (2) top coats.  Primer is not considered a top coat in this respect.  (2) coats are necessary in order to achieve the appropiate mil thickness of a coating so that it cure properly and withstand normal wear and tear


Luxury Home Decorating

ERNST specializes in luxury home painting and decorating services.  We understand that what discriminating home owners expect in quality and service and deliver on schedule.  

Visit Our Showroom

ERNST Chicago Showroom is located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre, 371 West Ontario Street, Chicago Illinois 60654.  Please come experience the definition of magnificant  finishes and luxury lifestyle.  Appointments preferred but walk-ins welcome.  

Premium Product

ERNST uses only the highest quality paint, wallpaper and materials on all projects.  Be assured you will be getting the widest selection of color in the world's most premium product.

Bonded and Insured

As a professional company, we maintain  a business license.  We are fully insured and bonded to protect you as our valued customer.   Expect no problems, but trust you will be protected should the unexpected occur.   


Luxury home owners deserve prompt attention and easy communication.  We arrive when expected, we communicate extensively throughout the project, and avoid surprises.  Our experience assures your project goes as expected and on schedule.

Artistic Integrity

You will find our team to be highly skilled and gifted artists of our trade.  We pride ourselves in having some of the most talented painters in the market.   Our faux finishing team is regarded as one of the best you will ever find.  

Client Reviews

Jim Denos, President, Clive Christian North America

Ernst Painting is our preferred professional vendor for all of our painting needs.   Partnered for nearly 15 years we have been creating the finest magnificent kitchen and home experiences in Chicago.  | |

Painted & glazed kitchen cabinets | Chicago IL

terrific work!  They were reliable, painted the walls without adding to the cost and did excellent work on the cabinets. I was trying to match a bank of new cabinets by painting the original oak almond with a hazelnut glaze and can honestly say the painted cabinets look as good or better than the brand new, high end cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets painting | Hinsdale IL

The whole process, from beginning to end, was handled professionally, courteously, and expeditiously. I was very satisfied with the process, the quality of the work, the follow-up, the gentlemen that performed the work, and the owner Bill. Job well done! Would highly recommend Ernst and would definitely use them again.

Repaint kitchen cabinets | Burr Ridge IL

I have a large white painted kitchen that showed a lot of wear and tear on the lower cabinets.   i need to repaint my kitchen cabinets for resale.  Bill gave me the best price of three different contractors.  He managed to perfectly match the color.  We agreed on the date.  The painters were professional and on time - 7 am on the dot.  Mike came and spent 3 days meticulously sanding and painting the lower cabinets.  The doors and drawers were spray painted at the shop. Mike was very neat and left the job site spotless every day.  My kitchen looks great! The real estate agents can't believe how good they look.  If you are thinking of painting your kitchen cabinets....I would highly recommend them.  Best team of painters I have ever worked with! 

Heather Truckenbrod, Park Ridge, IL

We have used Ernst painting repeatedly for our home painting and wallpaper needs.   We enjoy the interaction with the entire team and have marveled at the finished product.  Ernst has brought our home to life.  We would not use anyone else...highly recommended!  

Wood cabinet refinishing | Winnetka IL

Bill did a great job in resurfacing our cabinets from a traditional cherry to a white finish. They look
brand new and his work thusfar appears flawless. Bill also took it out of his time to stop by twice after completion to adjust some things for me. All in all, he did a great job and it was well worth it.


ERNST is currently seeking a marketing intern

The ideal candidate will assist with development, implementation and management of brand strategy on social media, online marketing, and website content. Content creation, e-mail campaigns, on-line promotions, and more.

Content creation, aggregation, strategy

  • Ability to write emails, website content, sales literature, release announcements, and all other kinds of marketing content
  • Photography experience necessary. *Will need to take artistic photos of      projects (finished and in progress).
  • Positive attitude, team player, detail and customer oriented with good multitasking and organizational ability
  • Demonstrated superior written and verbal communications
  • Excellent writing, editing (photo/video/text),      presentation and communication skills
  • Prepare clean and creative presentations
  • Development of marketing materials and literature
  • Distribution or delivery of marketing materials
  • Manage social media platforms


Candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with extensive knowledge of Web and social media. Adobe Cloud, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience a must, and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this position.

  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to learning
  • A passion for marketing, social media and entrepreneurship
  • Must be well-organized and professional at all times
  • Must possess a positive, can-do attitude at all times
  • Must be a creative problem-solver

*Virtual / remote position with some onsite travel required.

Contact Us

Please tell us about your project and we will be glad to discuss expectations prior to an onsite visit. Please include basic details regarding the number of rooms and finishing required. If you have cabinetry that you are painting or refinishing, please give us the total number of units.

ERNST Chicago Showroom is now open!

Our showroom is located in the Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre, 371 West Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois  60610.   Open 9am till 5pm Monday thought Friday.   Appointments preferred.   

ERNST painting & fine finishes

371 West Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654, United States

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Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed