Can't find the perfect color for that accent wall in the living room?
Carolina Paint and Design might be able to help. The Benjamin Moore paint center, owned and operated by Robert and Jamie Rudzinski, has more than 2,000 colors of both indoor and outdoor paints in its palette to choose from. The Rudzinskis can re-create any color made by other paint manufacturers, or can match a color sample from fabric, paint chips or even a magazine photo with a state-of-the-art computer system.
"This is just a good location to cater to our customers," Jamie Rudzinski said of the store's spot in Greystone Crossing on Hwy. 160 West.
After nearly a year of planning and preparation, the Rudzinski's finally opened their doors in May, and business has been steady ever since.
People have been bringing in all kinds of things to use as color matches, from sections of flooring to pillow shams, even toothbrush holders.
"I had a girl come in last week who saw 'Sex and the City' and Carrie Bradshaw's apartment was electric blue, which is a Benjamin Moore color. She researched it on the Internet and found out what the color was and that it was ours, and came in and bought three gallons of it," Rudzinski said.
Last May, when the Rudzinski's youngest son, now 5, was getting ready to head off to kindergarten, they decided it was time for Jamie to get back into the workforce. They chose to open a Benjamin Moore store because they were already familiar with the company, having both worked for Benjamin Moore. In fact they met at the office.
Robert has a degree in chemistry and spent the last 20 years in the paint industry. Even when the computer can't create just the right shade of any particular color, he can usually eyeball it and come out with the right mix, Jamie said.
"He's like a walking encyclopedia of paint," Joanne McAfee said.
McAfee took a part-time job at Carolina Paint and Design in part because it was close enough to her house that she could ride her bike to work.
Benjamin Moore paints have a reputation as being expensive, but Rudzinski said the store carries products in a range of prices. It also carries brushes, pans, buckets, paint cleaner and just about everything else needed to paint a room or a whole house.
In addition to being able to match any color, the store also features color samples that cost $3.99 to $4.99 and come in jars about the same size as a jar of baby food. It is more economical than buying a gallon of something and then deciding it's not the right color.
The store also carries Benjamin Moore's new line of environmentally friendly paint called Aura. The Aura paint doesn't have an odor, releases no volatile organic compounds and the company says it will finish any job in no more than two coats.
Jamie Rudzinski prepares a gallon of paint for a customer at Carolina Paint and Design, a Benjamin Moore dealer, in Greystone Crossing.
Ready to paint?
Carolina Paint and Design is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Greystone Crossing is a new shopping center in front of the Tega Cay Wal-Mart.