About Varsity Painters

At Varsity Painters, we don’t believe in gimmicks. Instead, we’re committed to offering our best prices and highest quality work at all times. We work closely with you to determine your project’s precise needs – from color selection to number of coats to type of paint.

Our work speaks for itself: Homes that feature our painting have been included in the Parade of Homes, the Luxury Home Tour and the Luxury Remodeling Tour, and several of them received awards within those tours. (See for yourself. View a gallery of our interior painting, exterior painting, or commercial work.

We have long-standing relationships with our insurers – who provide exceptional liability and workers compensation coverage. We’re members of the Minneapolis Builder’s Association, lead paint certified through the EPA, MN pollution control approved, and certified through Hennepin County for the removal of hazardous waste. You can trust us to take care of your property – and your environment.

Owner-Operated

When you work with Varsity Painters, you’ll tap into more than 50 years of owner experience. Joe or Steve will conduct your FREE evaluation, bringing their expertise to your project and helping to decide what you actually need to have done. Then, we’ll plan and quote your project based on their assessment.

Here’s a bit more about them.

Varsity Painters was founded by two Minneapolis painters and friends – Joe Perry and Steve Melander– who started the business in 1995. Since then we’ve grown to be a respected independent business serving the Twin Cities metro area.

Joe Perry

Steve Melander

Professional Team of Expert Painters

When it comes to your painting crew, we believe that you deserve the best. That’s why we hire only professional full-time or seasonal staff. We screen and employ a capable staff who work closely with you to get the job done right. We also provide regular “Toolbox Talks” to ensure that safety remains a top focus.

An experienced crew leader will be at your site whenever work is being done to answer any questions, and Steve or Joe will be in regular contact. We trust our painters and know that they will treat your home and business with the respect it deserves.

The Best Quality Paint and Materials

We work closely with Sherwin Williams and Hirschfield’s to provide the highest quality paint for your project – in the exact color that you want.

Community Focused

As a locally-owned business, we understand that part of creating a great community is giving back. At Varsity Painters, we regularly take part in school and church fundraisers and participate in community restoration projects. In 2004, we were honored to donate labor to restore the iconic Lake Harriet Bandshell in South Minneapolis.

Interior Painting

The colors and textures of your interior spaces play a big part in creating the feel of home. Whether you’re looking to update old kitchen cabinets, get rid of popcorn ceilings, paint a room, or embark on another daunting interior project, we can help!

Learn more about our comprehensive interior services here!

Exterior Painting

When it comes to the exterior of your home, there are lots of factors to consider: where does the sun hit? What colors will fit with your home and neighborhood’s style? How many coats does your home require?

At Varsity, we don’t just offer exterior painting – we help you plan it. Click here to learn more!

Commercial Painting

Take your business to the next level! Whether you’re looking to create a cohesive look in a chain of restaurants, add beauty and value to your townhome development, or simply put a new coat of paint on the walls of your school or business, we can help.

We’ll do quick, quality work – so that you can get down to business! Learn more here!

Reviews

Varsity Painters did a terrific job for us at Nicollet Plaza Townhomes Association in Burnsville.
The crew was pleasant, worked hard, and they did what they said they would do and more.
The feedback from the neighbors is very positive!

I'm a tough customer - very few contractors meet my expectations -

Varsity Painters did a great job cleaning the property before the paint crew started.
They caulked, filled and detailed thousands of screw heads and gaps in lap siding.
They sanded and primed tricky surfaces before coating the surfaces with Duration finish coats. 
They cleaned up, we walked the property finding only a couple minor items, and they moved on to satisfy the next customer.

I have learned that many folks do not understand the value of proper work until they have had to pay to fix the "race to the bottom" work that is common in the residential industry.  Peeling paint would be a burden on our neighborhood for the lifespan of our homes.

I hope other HOA's think long term and choose Varsity.
I am very happy with their work.

Nicollet Plaza Townhomes Association in Burnsville

2017-09-05T11:35:03+00:00

Nicollet Plaza Townhomes Association in Burnsville

Varsity Painters did a terrific job for us at Nicollet Plaza Townhomes Association in Burnsville. The crew was pleasant, worked hard, and they did what they said they would do and more. The feedback from the neighbors is very positive! I'm a tough customer - very few contractors meet my expectations - Varsity Painters did a great job cleaning the property before the paint crew started. They caulked, filled and detailed thousands of screw heads and gaps in lap siding. They sanded and primed tricky surfaces before coating the surfaces with Duration finish coats.  They cleaned up, we walked the property finding only a couple minor items, and they moved on to satisfy the next customer. I have learned that many folks do not understand the value of proper work until they have had to pay to fix the "race to the bottom" work that is common in the residential industry.  Peeling paint would be a burden on our neighborhood for the lifespan of our homes. I hope other HOA's think long term and choose Varsity. I am very happy with their work.
The attention to detail was incredible. Their team saw and fixed issues that I had not seen previously. I would definitely use and recommend them in the future.

Mike

2017-09-05T11:35:31+00:00

Mike

The attention to detail was incredible. Their team saw and fixed issues that I had not seen previously. I would definitely use and recommend them in the future.
What sets these guys apart is their honest owner. This will be the 5th time our house has been painted but the only time it was done correctly without corners cut. Next time they are the company I will use.

Sue

2017-09-05T11:35:59+00:00

Sue

What sets these guys apart is their honest owner. This will be the 5th time our house has been painted but the only time it was done correctly without corners cut. Next time they are the company I will use.
Joe, Thank you so much for your patience, suggestions and expertise in developing a new look for our house. It looks beautiful! I'm very glad we chose Varsity Painters

Janet

2017-09-05T11:36:21+00:00

Janet

Joe, Thank you so much for your patience, suggestions and expertise in developing a new look for our house. It looks beautiful! I'm very glad we chose Varsity Painters
Steve, Thank you for a beautifully painted house! You and your crew have been a pleasure to work with. The daily crew was a special treat. They were hard working, professional and gracious.

Colleen

2017-09-05T11:36:49+00:00

Colleen

Steve, Thank you for a beautifully painted house! You and your crew have been a pleasure to work with. The daily crew was a special treat. They were hard working, professional and gracious.
I was given options that the other bids did not offer. The project was on time based on my need to get the house on the market. I will absolutely use Varsity Painters again.

Kent

2017-09-05T11:42:49+00:00

Kent

I was given options that the other bids did not offer. The project was on time based on my need to get the house on the market. I will absolutely use Varsity Painters again.
The team was great. Very thorough and organized. Showed up on time and stayed late to get the job done

Mike

2017-09-05T11:43:09+00:00

Mike

The team was great. Very thorough and organized. Showed up on time and stayed late to get the job done
I want to commend them on the “perfect” job they did. They were also prompt, clean, courteous and professional. They kind of made a pain in the rear project somewhat enjoyable

Roger

2017-09-05T11:43:30+00:00

Roger

I want to commend them on the “perfect” job they did. They were also prompt, clean, courteous and professional. They kind of made a pain in the rear project somewhat enjoyable
It went Great! They did a very thorough job prepping and painting. Steve was very professional, prompt and easy to communicate with.

Helena

2017-09-05T11:44:13+00:00

Helena

It went Great! They did a very thorough job prepping and painting. Steve was very professional, prompt and easy to communicate with.
Joe Perry is a very pleasant guy and he knows his business. These guys are straight shooters and I would highly recommend them.

Bob

2017-09-05T11:44:34+00:00

Bob

Joe Perry is a very pleasant guy and he knows his business. These guys are straight shooters and I would highly recommend them.
The crew was pleasant, polite and professional at all times. They were meticulous in their preparations and attention to detail. An overall happy experience.

Bob and Joan

2017-09-05T11:44:55+00:00

Bob and Joan

The crew was pleasant, polite and professional at all times. They were meticulous in their preparations and attention to detail. An overall happy experience.
Varsity provided excellent advice on picking colors. They did an amazing job prepping the rooms and the finished work looks amazing.

Lauren

2017-09-05T11:45:22+00:00

Lauren

Varsity provided excellent advice on picking colors. They did an amazing job prepping the rooms and the finished work looks amazing.
The attention to detail was incredible. Their team saw and fixed issues that I had not seen previously. I would definitely use and recommend them in the future.

Mike

2017-09-05T11:50:57+00:00

Mike

The attention to detail was incredible. Their team saw and fixed issues that I had not seen previously. I would definitely use and recommend them in the future.
What sets these guys apart is their honest owner. This will be the 5th time our house has been painted but the only time it was done correctly without corners cut. Next time they are the company I will use.

Sue

2017-09-05T11:51:26+00:00

Sue

What sets these guys apart is their honest owner. This will be the 5th time our house has been painted but the only time it was done correctly without corners cut. Next time they are the company I will use.
Joe, Thank you so much for your patience, suggestions and expertise in developing a new look for our house. It looks beautiful! I'm very glad we chose Varsity Painters.

Janet

2017-09-05T11:51:55+00:00

Janet

Joe, Thank you so much for your patience, suggestions and expertise in developing a new look for our house. It looks beautiful! I'm very glad we chose Varsity Painters.
Steve, Thank you for a beautifully painted house! You and your crew have been a pleasure to work with. The daily crew was a special treat. They were hard working, professional and gracious.

Colleen

2017-09-05T11:52:25+00:00

Colleen

Steve, Thank you for a beautifully painted house! You and your crew have been a pleasure to work with. The daily crew was a special treat. They were hard working, professional and gracious.
I was given options that the other bids did not offer. The project was on time based on my need to get the house on the market. I will absolutely use Varsity Painters again.

Kent

2017-09-05T11:52:47+00:00

Kent

I was given options that the other bids did not offer. The project was on time based on my need to get the house on the market. I will absolutely use Varsity Painters again.
Steve did an excellent job helping us pick a paint color. The crew was hard working and did an excellent job of cleaning up when finished.

Christina

2017-09-05T11:53:23+00:00

Christina

Steve did an excellent job helping us pick a paint color. The crew was hard working and did an excellent job of cleaning up when finished.
The house looks fabulous! Neighbors and friends all comment on it. (I didn’t realize that it looked so bad!)
Thank you for your help.

Sharon

2017-09-05T11:54:04+00:00

Sharon

The house looks fabulous! Neighbors and friends all comment on it. (I didn’t realize that it looked so bad!) Thank you for your help.
The team was great. Very thorough and organized. Showed up on time and stayed late to get the job done.

Mike

2017-09-05T11:54:37+00:00

Mike

The team was great. Very thorough and organized. Showed up on time and stayed late to get the job done.
Varsity painters did an outstanding job on our house and exceeded our expectations. All aspects from pressure cleaning the house to prepping it for painting and doing the painting were done with a high level of professionalism and care. The crew worked quickly but thoroughly and did a fantastic job. They masked off areas to prevent paint spray from going where it shouldn't and did extra things that I didn't expect. For instance they removed the house number plaque from a brick area of the house, removed the numbers, sanded and painted the wood and then put it back up. They even painted the ledger board between the joists on the deck! Edges between color areas were sharp and crisp. Varsity Painters was actually the lowest of the 3 quotes that we got but I can't imagine the other providers doing a better job. Our house is a two story with a walkout on the back and a 3 season porch, wood lap siding.

Jim, Plymouth

2017-10-03T09:37:31+00:00

Jim, Plymouth

Varsity painters did an outstanding job on our house and exceeded our expectations. All aspects from pressure cleaning the house to prepping it for painting and doing the painting were done with a high level of professionalism and care. The crew worked quickly but thoroughly and did a fantastic job. They masked off areas to prevent paint spray from going where it shouldn't and did extra things that I didn't expect. For instance they removed the house number plaque from a brick area of the house, removed the numbers, sanded and painted the wood and then put it back up. They even painted the ledger board between the joists on the deck! Edges between color areas were sharp and crisp. Varsity Painters was actually the lowest of the 3 quotes that we got but I can't imagine the other providers doing a better job. Our house is a two story with a walkout on the back and a 3 season porch, wood lap siding.
We were very pleased with the results. It looks like a different house! Varsity helped by picking out color choices and the painters themselves were great! They worked so hard, putting in long days and cleaning up their work each night. We are pleased with the overall results.

Kevin & Jill, Bloomington

2017-10-03T09:37:59+00:00

Kevin & Jill, Bloomington

We were very pleased with the results. It looks like a different house! Varsity helped by picking out color choices and the painters themselves were great! They worked so hard, putting in long days and cleaning up their work each night. We are pleased with the overall results.
The supervisor and crew did an excellent job. Even in the July humidity, they worked hard. We have an "L" shaped rambler and they completed the whole exterior in three days with prep and painting. We chose a main house color, an accent color, and eves/trim another color. Excellent customer service. Our contractor friend who installed a new front door for us, before the painting project, was impressed with the quality and timeliness of Varsity Painters. They used quality Sherwin Williams paint. It would have taken us so much longer to do this project ourselves, and it would not have turned out as nicely. Well worth the investment. We interviewed a few painters, and Varsity gave the best first impression, very professional, and best cost for the job.

Dan, Burnsville

2017-10-03T09:38:27+00:00

Dan, Burnsville

The supervisor and crew did an excellent job. Even in the July humidity, they worked hard. We have an "L" shaped rambler and they completed the whole exterior in three days with prep and painting. We chose a main house color, an accent color, and eves/trim another color. Excellent customer service. Our contractor friend who installed a new front door for us, before the painting project, was impressed with the quality and timeliness of Varsity Painters. They used quality Sherwin Williams paint. It would have taken us so much longer to do this project ourselves, and it would not have turned out as nicely. Well worth the investment. We interviewed a few painters, and Varsity gave the best first impression, very professional, and best cost for the job.
This is the second time we have had Varsity Painters do work for us.  From the initial contact to follow up after the job was complete, they did a fantastic job and were in communication with us throughout the job.  I would recommend them without hesitation. 

Michele, Edina

2017-10-03T09:38:56+00:00

Michele, Edina

This is the second time we have had Varsity Painters do work for us.  From the initial contact to follow up after the job was complete, they did a fantastic job and were in communication with us throughout the job.  I would recommend them without hesitation. 
Varsity did a great job on painting my interior. They completed the entire job in a day, which was amazing considering all the prep work they had to do. I appreciated the care they took in covering my furniture and new carpet in plastic.

Heidi, Eagan

2017-10-03T09:39:49+00:00

Heidi, Eagan

Varsity did a great job on painting my interior. They completed the entire job in a day, which was amazing considering all the prep work they had to do. I appreciated the care they took in covering my furniture and new carpet in plastic.
Varsity came out to provide an estimate and provided excellent advice on picking colors.  We had been looking for grays and couldn't find what we wanted, the owner suggested looking at some different colors and they ended up being the ones we wanted.  Varsity did an amazing job prepping the rooms to paint, and working with us as we still needed to be able to move through the painting area to get to & from other parts of the house.  They also managed to prevent two cats from messing up the whole project.  The finished work looks amazing.  We have received numerous compliments on the change from wood trim to bright white and the colors for the walls as well.

Lauren, Minneapolis

2017-10-03T09:40:11+00:00

Lauren, Minneapolis

Varsity came out to provide an estimate and provided excellent advice on picking colors.  We had been looking for grays and couldn't find what we wanted, the owner suggested looking at some different colors and they ended up being the ones we wanted.  Varsity did an amazing job prepping the rooms to paint, and working with us as we still needed to be able to move through the painting area to get to & from other parts of the house.  They also managed to prevent two cats from messing up the whole project.  The finished work looks amazing.  We have received numerous compliments on the change from wood trim to bright white and the colors for the walls as well.

Schedule Your Free Evaluation Quote

Don’t put off your painting project another day. Contact us now to schedule your FREE evaluation and quote, and learn how we can help you get started. 952-938-3886