Roderick Dunn Painting & Decorating

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783 Windermere Avenue Toronto ON M6S 3M5
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Karim from Toronto
Karim from Toronto
4 reviews Toronto, ON
0/10

Unprofessional and rude.

Not impressed with Rod’s poor attitude and lousy service.
I was referred to Rod by a neighbour in my condo and reached out to have 2 bathrooms covered in wallpaper. He visited my suite, he provided a quote and went over the amount of wallpaper required.
The following week we agreed on a time to get the walls ready prior to the wallpaper install and he showed up over an hour late. He apparently couldn’t find his keys.
The wallpaper I ordered arrived and I contacted Rod to set a date to complete the job. He indicated he had started another job and didn’t want to have to get his tools from the other site, therefore I had to wait until he was finished. Despite being disappointed as all hardware and mirrors had already been removed from my bathrooms, we agreed on a day to finish the job.
In the meantime, I called another pro to see if he could get the job done for me sooner. After sending photos of my bathroom and discussing the project, it was determined the amount of wallpaper purchased may not be enough for one bathroom let alone two and the prep work he had completed was inadequate.
I called Rod to ask him about this and he became defensive, was rude and basically told me to hire someone else. I instantly knew I didn’t want to deal with someone so unprofessional and wrong on so many fronts, and despite having nobody lined up to complete the install I was happy to cut ties.

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Christine in High Park
Christine in High Park
2 reviews TORONTO, ON
10/10

"Master at his Craft"

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With a number of paper-hanging projects under my belt, I would typically feel comfortable tackling a wallpapering project on my own. But given the exceptionally expensive paper I just "had to have" for our dining room renovation, I knew that this was a task best left to an expert. Thank goodness I chose Rod. He was highly recommended by a number of sources and I now know why. Rod did an amazing job! He knew all the tricks for working in a difficult room in an older house (uneven walls, lots of wood trim and openings to work around) and with challenging paper (large pattern repeat, not pre-pasted). Rod is what I would call a "master at his craft". His many years of experience are evident in the perfection in which he competed our job. What I especially appreciated were some of the simple suggestions he made for taking the appearance of the room to a higher level (switch-plate covering, baseboard finishing and an innovative approach to awkward plate-rail gaps). Rod was excellent to work with. He was reliable, on time, neat, efficient and his rates were entirely reasonable. Many people may claim to be able to hang paper, if you want the best then I would highly recommend Rod Dunn.

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Cara in King East
Cara in King East
1 review TORONTO, ON
10/10

Excellent paint and wallpapering job!

Rod did a fantastic job on my condo recently which included painting and wallpapering the bathroom, bedroom and hallway. I selected 2 different kinds of very detailed, patterned wallpaper for feature walls, and Rod did an excellent job turning my vision into a reality. The seams are invisible and he was even able to match up some of the scraps, saving me from buying a whole new role!

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Maryam in Oakville
Maryam in Oakville
1 review OAKVILLE, ON
10/10

Exceptional Job

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Recently having purchased our new home, my husband and I decided to put up wall paper in both the living room and in our Master bedroom. We were lucky enough to find Rod who has done an exceptional job with it. The wall paper used for one of the rooms was a grass cloth and the other a textured velvet pattern which he did to perfection. He was very professional and paid very close attention to detail. He is a very pleasant person and I would highly recommend him to anyone who would want an excellent job done.

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Vince in High Park
Vince in High Park
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Matching Crown Molding

Roderick Dunn Painting & Decorating
416-766-4066
783 Windermere Avenue
Toronto
ON
M6S 3M5
CANADA

I have used Rod's services on three occasions for painting at my home. I've found him to be very competent and one of the best trades I have worked with. His work is quite impressive! I had installed foam backed crown molding (the cheap stuff but passable, plaster moldings are much more elegant and worth it next time) anyway, it was a rope theme and at all the joints the "beads" were interrupted by my cuts. Rod fashioned a special tool and with plastering and sanding, recreated the pattern so the joints were invisible and continuous.

I enjoyed viewing Rod's photo gallery on "HomeStars". You owe it to yourself to see the Chinese Motif papered dining room - when you find the return air vent, it should put a smile on your face.

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Lou in Markham
Lou in Markham
1 review Markham, ON
3/10

Wallpaper stripping, painting and staining

I am extremely disappointed with Roderick’s work, and his attitude. After 13 days of work on my family room (from Tuesday September 13 to Thursday September, 29 of this year), Rod abandoned the job, leaving me to deal with an unfinished job and a major cleanup of dirt, dust and material!!

I hired Rod, based on his “perfect” 10 scores from reviews on his previous projects posted on the HomeStars site, and assurances from him that he was quite capable of producing the results I asked of him. That is, high quality professional work in all facets of the job.

The project entailed renovations in the family room and guest bedroom:

Family Room:
• stripping wallpaper from the walls, above and below the chair rail;
• repairing any damage to the walls as a result of wallpaper removal;
• flattening of waves on one wall, below the chair rail;
• properly sanding, staining-to-match and sealing the frame work around
3 factory-stained pine shutters;
• sanding, priming & painting the walls;
• cleanup of dirt, dust and material after family room job was completed

Guest Bedroom:
• properly sanding, priming & painting: the family room doors and frame
work; frame work around one window; and baseboards;
• sanding, priming & painting the walls;
• cleanup of dirt, dust and material after guest bedroom job was
completed

Rod’s labour estimate was $3,000.00, at $50.00 per hour, which I thought was quite steep, but was willing to pay based on his “credentials” and his assurance that his efforts would produce the results I asked for. Rod estimated that it would take approximately 2 weeks worth of effort to complete the entire project.

I mentioned to Rod that before starting the job, I needed to remove the chair rail from the family room walls. I was going to strip the existing sealant and stain, and prepare it for re-staining and resealing after I had reinstalled it. After I had removed the chair rail and begun stripping it, I had further discussions with Rod about the task, resulting in Rod volunteering to complete the job himself. (He never did quote me the additional labour charge for the chair rail.) This task entailed:

• completing the stripping of sealant & stain off of the chair rail;
• filling gaps between the char rail and the wall after I had reinstalled the
chair rail;
• re-staining & resealing the char rail

Without describing the results, Rod’s first attempt at the chair rail was unacceptable to me, and he was in agreement. I kept a proper tone with my comments, but was firm. He apologized for producing a poor effort, but asked that I give him another chance. The project was, for some reason taking a lot longer than expected, and would have been delayed even further if I had re-taken on the task. I would have had to wait until the weekend to do it myself, since I work long hours during the week. As a result, I had no choice but to let him try again.

His staining results in his second attempt were much better. However, Rod for some inexplicable reason, did not fill in the gaps between the chair rail and walls before preparing the chair rail for staining. Rod did not fill in the gaps, then sand the entire char rail, including the filling, to produce a smooth and straight edge between the chair rail and the walls along the top of the char rail. The filling was uneven throughout the chair rail, and the uneven profile of the chair rail was quite evident throughout the room. Filling gaps, then sanding are very fundamental to all similar tasks. Rod simply did not produce a professional result.

Again, my conversation with him that evening (Thursday) was similar to the one I had after his first attempt at the chair rail. I voiced my displeasure, but did not use unacceptable tones in my voice or unacceptable words. I told him that I liked all other aspects of his work. Rod, on the other hand, whined about the situation like a child. His explanation was simply how hard he worked at the chair rail. He just went on and on about it in a low-key, but whining tone.

Rod had done a good job in stripping, sanding and staining the chair rail, but he missed a very fundamental step that resulted in an unacceptable result.

At the end of our conversation, Rod agreed to come to the house the next day (Friday) to:

• see for himself, with me present, what I was unhappy with.
• to fix the chair rail so that it had a straight and even edge along the walls
of the family room.
• hopefully, begin work on the guest bedroom

If he could not begin on the guest bedroom, he agreed to come in on the Saturday to begin work on it.

Rod also asked that I pay him a second installment for what I believed would be for the work remaining on the family room, including fixing the chair rail problem and sanding, staining and applying 3 coats of sealant. The first installment was for $1,615.90 in labour charges. The check he was to pick up the next work day (Friday, September 30) was for $1,580.00 in labour charges.

Well, I was shocked to hear from my wife on the Friday that Rod had left a note explaining that he was leaving the job and that he did not ever want me to call him or communicate with him in any manner. He had the audacity to take the check and abandon the job over a relatively small issue with the chair rail!

Rod did not do any work that Friday. He gave me his word Thursday evening, but instead deceived me into believing that, he would come back to honour our agreement and complete the project to my liking.

Again, in all my dealings with Rod, I was never rude to him, never used profane language, and never raised my voice to him. I praised him for the great work he did on the family room, to that point. (However, since he left, I have discovered several other aspects of his work that are not at all up to the standards he agreed to. I am now left with having to deal with those, as well. One in particular was the prep work, before painting, on the walls below the chair rail. I will now have to re-wallpaper those walls to hide his deficiencies.)

Suffice it say that my only dissatisfaction up to that Thursday was with the chair rail, and he used that to decide to abandon the job that same evening! I’ve had many contractors do work in my home in the past, and I have never had this reaction to pointing out, in a polite manner, portions of a job that were unacceptable and required fixing. Other contractors were always quite co-operative and agreeable.

I would not, at all, recommend Roderick Dunn to anyone!

Lou Santianni

I apologize for the time it’s taken me for the following update, but it must be added because Roderick Dunn’s response is inaccurate and misleading.

His claim that:

• “... a contractor may find himself in conflicted circumstances: being expected to perform work outside of the original contract without any discussion of payment for the previous week’s work…”

I’m not sure what the issue is here. Rod was not “expected” by me to work on any task “outside of the original contract”. I was working on the chair rail on my own, and Rod volunteered to do it himself, with some assistance from me. We both understood that he would be compensated for it, as it was indeed an addition to the work we’d agreed to in the original contract.

• “…without any discussion of payment for the previous week’s work…”

Again, I fail to see the issue is here. Whenever Rod asked for payment, I paid him, without any hesitation or discussion from me.

• “… enduring ongoing interference from the client…”

This is absolutely incorrect! I respect the time and expertise of any contractor I hire to perform work in my house. I never interfered with Rod’s work! I was gone to work downtown before he arrived in the morning, and he was gone… earlier than I expected, although I never questioned it… well before I arrived home from work.

In fact, he would frequently call me at work, or in the evening at home, to discuss certain aspects of the job. We always ended our conversation amicably and in agreement. It was only when the char rail incident arose that we had what I considered some minor friction and frustration in dealing with the issue, but nothing I felt could not be overcome. The conversation ended with the agreement that Rod would fix the char rail problem and continue with the remainder of the job.

• "Many hours were spent resolving problems associated with the client’s personal decision to remove the chair rail, thus extending the project. I was paid only for the work completed in this home up to September 29, 2011, and received no payments in advance."

I have explained the chair rail issue in my original review, and in this update. Rod has blown this (chair rail) issue way out of proportion, apparently to justify abandoning the job that I entrusted him to complete in a good workmanlike and professional manner.

His decision to not fix the chair rail problem he caused is not good workmanship and to abandon the job in a deceitful manner is obviously not a professional act.

I can only guess that he had another job to begin, and his work on my house was taking longer than expected, and was interfering with his schedule. I can’t think of any other reason for his behaviour.

Lou Santianni

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Company Response

On rare occasions, a contractor may find himself in conflicted circumstances: being expected to perform work outside of the original contract without any discussion of payment for the previous week’s work, enduring ongoing interference from the client, yet being praised and asked to continue.

Many hours were spent resolving problems associated with the client’s personal decision to remove the chair rail, thus extending the project.

I was paid only for the work completed in this home up to September 29, 2011, and received no payments in advance.

I stand by my work and my decision on this job, unconditionally.

Please refer to the photo gallery and to the reviews below for accurate representations of who I am and the quality of my work.

Mark Healy in Toronto
Mark Healy in Toronto
1 review TORONTO, ON
10/10

Tricky wallpaper jobs

My wife and I rennovated our house in High Park, going with a very modern take on classic 60's and 70's aesthetics. We had Rod hang wallpaper which was hard to work with due to intricate patterns and textures - in several rooms. He did a masterful job, including covering heating grates and light switches. His attention to detail, going in and out of window wells, and linig up patterns, is exceptional. One quote from a designer that later walked around was "you don't get work like this done at the Four Seasons".

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The Main's in the Beaches
The Main's in the Beaches
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Wallpaper and Grasscloth

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We were referred to Rod when we needed someone we could trust with the many rolls of Farrow & Ball, Graham & Brown, and grasscloth wallpaper for three large rooms. He did a wonderful job, handling any quirky situations the house (being built in 1917) threw at him. He finished the 3 rooms promptly and professionally at a very fair price. He was great to work with and the result was fantastic.

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Laird in Rosedale
Laird in Rosedale
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Attached polished chintz and also a plaid fabric direct to walls

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Roderick Dunn Painting & Decorating
416-766-4066
783 Windermere Avenue
Toronto
ON
M6S 3M5
CANADA

In doing a decoration project on our town house, I found two fabrics which I wanted put on the walls of a bathroom and powder room. It was not easy to find a craftsman to do this, but Roderick Dunn, agreed to take this job on and he did a wonderful job. I would not hestitate to recommend him for painting and this fabric installation. Sorry I can't remember the price but it was fair for the work done.

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The Olsen's in Etobicoke
The Olsen's in Etobicoke
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Faux marble finishing and faux mahogany finishing

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Rod did an outstanding job for us with the re-decorating of our Etobicoke home. His creativity is inspiring and the execution flawless. The two best examples are our living room fireplace that Rod was successfully able to "convert" from tile to "marble" with his paintbrushes. The effect is stunning and we admire his ability to make this cost effective solution happen for us. The other was Rod's ability to again "convert" some rather plain built-in shelving to an incredibly well matched "mahogany" wall unit. His approach involved a series of paint undercoats to achieve the rich wood-like tones that are so pleasing to the eye. Again, Rod's ability to express his creativity through his keen sense of colour and brushstroke is amazing. We are certain that, like us, you will feel compelled to "show off" Rod's work to visitors to your home.

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More about Roderick Dunn Painting & Decorating

37 years professional experience. Specializing in all wall coverings, fabric installation, cabinet finishing, and decoration. + Invisible wall coverings repairs + Invisible touch ups, refurbishing, and repairs to wood or painted finishes + Grasscloth, foils, velvet, mylar, hand-painted panels, etc. + Unbacked fabric, upholstery materials + Glazing + Crystal bead ...
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