Welcome To Palisades Painting Company!

Welcome To My Business Site!


Don Clasen, Glendale 2015

After (a few miles, that is)!


And even a few more!

Hi! My name is Don Clasen, owner of Palisades Painting (formerly Applied Painting), a business I started with a friend way back in 1979 in little Mt. Morris, Illinois. Over the years I have painted literally hundreds of homes and businesses, both interiors and exteriors. Since moving to Los Angeles to be a writer, I’ve scaled back a lot from having a crew and extensive equipment. Now I just paint by myself, but you can benefit from my years of experience and expertise.

In fact, you can think of me as a niche, boutique business. On my site you can learn about my work and philosophy as well as articles about painting and decorating that you can use on your own as well. I have tried to design this site with a tasteful blend of colors that reflect my sense of style along with tributes to the beauty found in the Pacific Palisades and surrounding areas. I hope you enjoy the experience.

What kind of services can I offer to you?

-Interior and exterior work—walls, trim, ceilings, cabinets, baths, etc.

-Front door restoration—stain & polyurethane, paint, etc.

-Metal gates, wrought iron, decks, outdoor furniture, etc.

Since the most important part of painting is often found in the prep, it’s a step in the process I take seriously, especially the exterior so the house can be sealed up. I can also do minor handyman work if needed. You can probably save money just from having me do it rather than calling specialists who are looking for larger jobs.

So don’t hesitate to call or text me. No obligation for a free consultative visit.

(310) 770-2772 (mobile)

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Of Baths and Walls

Repaired and painted curve part of retainer wall, Santa Monica, Oct. 2022. "Of Walls and Baths"

Forget Dickens. Now I’m trying to sound like Steinbeck…

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Now, Your Friendly Neighborhood Painter!

by Don Clasen

Jan. 24, 2024

For the last dozen years or so, it’s been my privilege to have the lovely Pacific Palisades as my primary painting market. All that time, actually living here was something of a pipe dream to me. Quite frankly, I didn’t think I could afford it.

But last fall, in working for one of my new customers, he offered me a rental arrangement that made it all possible. Now, I am firmly ensconced in the El Medio Bluffs area, and from what I can tell, am probably the only local painting business in the Palisades.

None of this will affect my long-standing policy of striving to surprise and exceed my customers’ expectations, but actually living here hopefully will make my services all the more credible and accessible. If you ever need me in a pinch or need some follow-up to a job I’ve done, I may now be only blocks away!

All I can say is how grateful I am to be even more interwoven into the fabric of this beautiful place that I have dubbed “the biggest little small town in America.” And as always, you know I’m only a phone call away.

Oh, speaking of phone calls. As we all know, some areas of PP are notorious for poor phone reception, and my block is one of these. If you have trouble getting through to my cell, just call our landline instead. It’s,

310-454-5893 (h)

310-770-2772 (m)

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A Tail and One Door

A Tail and One Door

“God bless us, every one!”

While not as dramatic as our “Tale of Two Doors” below, this one marginally involves a dog…[more]

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A Tale of Two Doors

A Tale of Two Doors by Don Clasen

“Frankly my dear, I think we should let Clasen take care of it.”

An old customer of mine in Beverly Hills had two heavy, stained and varnished wooden front doors that had badly faded from the California sun…[more]


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Selecting The Right Paint For Your Job

Things To Consider Before You Paint

Palisades Elegance

Settling on which paint to buy can be a bewildering experience to the average consumer. There are so many brands to choose from, so many lines within a brand, and so many types of paint to deal with. Most interior and exterior jobs are pretty straightforward however and don’t require specialized knowledge or products. In this article I’ll give you some broad overall considerations to keep in mind…[more]

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Things To Consider Before You Paint

Things To Consider Before You Paint

Palisades Living

Let’s face it. Home ownership can be expensive with maintenance and upkeep being no small part of the equation. However, the advantages are many, including:

  • Aesthetic beauty and pride of neighborhood.
  • Protection of the structure of your home, especially the exterior…[more]
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Your Palisades Paint Advantages

Your Palisades Paint Advantages

Yes, we all know how lucky we are.

Why it’s worth calling me.

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