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Not everything is about cookie-cutter results. This contractor is above standard and is very good quality!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
12 July 2023

Everyone is looking to save a couple of bucks; but if you looking for something well done in craftsmanship, these guys are it!. Not everything is about cookie-cutter results. This contractor is above standard and is very good quality! I recommend them twice over and more.

Romulo Osorio

Perfect deck refresh!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
17 May 2023

On a recommendation from our neighbours, we contacted Ruben for a quote. He got back to us right away, and was able to complete the job less than 2 weeks after our first conversation! He gave us great advice on how to refresh the deck, and offered to replace rotten boards as part of the service. He did an amazing, job. He was quick, precise and so friendly. I would recommend him to anyone!

Anne Christensen

Excellent job

Rated 5.0 out of 5
9 March 2023

Ruben was referred to us and he painted our stairs and kitchen and he did an excellent job. He is very friendly and meticulous, it was a pleasure having him work in our house.


Stairway railing and spindles makeover

Rated 5.0 out of 5
28 December 2022

Ruben was referred to us by a colleague who highly recommended him – now I know why.

He was a delight to speak to from the very beginning and throughout the whole project. Very meticulous and took his time with the prep work to ensure the rest of the house was protected and he was very patient with our busy family and schedule.

I can’t believe I was going to tackle this project as a DIY. The amount of intricacies and expertise required for refreshing stair spindles would have had me giving up before I could even finish the prep work.

We are so pleased with the results, it is one of our most favourite updates to the home.

We will absolutely hire Ruben again for all future projects requiring his impeccable skills and knowledge!

Susan H

Fantastic work, a brand new kitchen!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
15 August 2022

Ruben was fantastic. Not only is he incredibly nice and friendly, but he is great at what he does.

I hired him to paint my kitchen cabinets to give them a refresh and the work he did was remarkable. He was incredibly thorough, had a keen attention to detail, left everything spotless, and did a fantastic job overall. He clearly explained his process, each step he had to take, the cost breakdown, showed me which products he’d be using, and the timeline.

I am so pleased with his work and would absolutely hire him again for any painting need I may have. I now have a brand new kitchen! Attached are the before and after photos.

Thank you, Ruben!

Katie Gemza

Meticulous, friendly, a pleasure to work with

Rated 5.0 out of 5
20 December 2021

Ruben has been our painter for over ten years now. He did our whole house when we lived in Manotick, including an excellent special job of spraying the kitchen cabinets. When we moved into town this year he did a great job with our apartment, which he transformed from the usual dull beige into a terrific all-white. His prep work is outstanding, and he takes his time with the details – something that is rare to see these days. Without doubt Ruben is the best painter we have ever had. Highly recommended.

Peter Aleida Fitzgerald

High-quality work

Rated 5.0 out of 5
9 November 2021

We asked Ruben to paint our basement stairway, which was in pretty bad shape, with lots of scratches and chunks of old paint peeling from the walls. Ruben did an amazing job – our basement stairway now looks as good as new. We’re very happy with his work and would definitely hire him again next time we need another high-quality paint job.

Ricardo de Avillez

Excellent Job from a True Professional

Rated 5.0 out of 5
13 September 2021

We asked Ruben to paint the entire exterior of our house after watching him meticulously paint the house of our neiighbour. We could not be happier with the result. He takes his time to do a professional job from the preparation to the final clean-up, and his work is excellent. He is focused and conscientious and obviously skilled at what he does.. On top of that, Ruben is a pleasure to work with and 100% reliable. We recommend Ruben without a moment’s hesitation.

B. Carswell

Interior Painting - March 2021

Rated 5.0 out of 5
22 March 2021

Contracted R A Painting for our living room, entrance, hallway, walls, ceilings, baseboards, door casings, and crown mouldings. Ruben has many years of experience in the industry and it shows in the quality of painting finishes, and attention to detail. The work areas were protected and kept clean throughout the painting project. We are very happy in the final product and would recommend R A Painting as the go to painting contractor. A pleasure to have in our home.

C Atkinson D Chiasson

Great work

Rated 0.0 out of 5
11 January 2020

Ruben prepped and painted our basement last winter (I promised this review a long time ago!) and we’re so pleased with the results a year later that we’re asking him back for the painting of the ground floor this year. His workmanship was excellent and his attention to the minor details showed in the end result. He was very patient with us and his recommendations (colour pairings, finishes, brands) have given us a family space that’s comfortable and attractive.

Bruce and Consuelo


Rated 5.0 out of 5
21 November 2019

We’re so happy we hired Ruben to complete the work. We have a very large modern farm style home with cathedral ceilings. Ruben did an absolute fantastic job. He’s detailed, he’s a great advisor and ensures his work is completed to perfection. He’s extremely neat, tidy and very professional. We will hire Ruben again and will be highly recommending him.

Nancy Williamson and Dean Rhynold

Amazing Job!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
21 October 2019

Ruben does outstanding work. Very professional and extremely clean, taking care of our furniture and respectful of our space. We hired Ruben to paint out our oak railings (3 levels) to modernize the home and it looks fabulous. Once the railings were completed, I added the 3 sided fireplace and it transforms the whole living space. I would highly recommend him. He will be coming back in 2020 to paint the ceilings, trim and walls on the second level.

Kris Sherry

A true professional

Rated 5.0 out of 5
24 June 2019

Ruben assembles all the qualities you can expect from a true professional. He has recently stained our douglas pine facade and exterior beams, a huge task done expertly! He is thorough and meticulous in his preparations., He exercise caution and outmost health and safety awareness during his work. His professionalism is matched by his accommodating and pleasant personality. My wife and I can only congratulate him for a job done to our complete satisfaction. We recommend his services without any hesitation. Many Tanks Ruben and have a great summer!

LCol Retd JF Lemoyne

Extreme Quality, Friendly and Professional Painter

Rated 5.0 out of 5
8 June 2019

After searching online for someone qualified to paint our kitchen cabinets, we came across Ruben’s website. After reading all the extremely positive reviews from other people, we contacted Ruben. We agreed on a price and proceeded to have him complete the work. We were so ecstatic with his workmanship on the cabinet ,we went ahead with having the whole condo unit painted. It looks like new! Rueben is a pleasure to work with and his attention to detail is second to none. You won’t be disappointed!

Allan Michelle Lebedick

Excellent work!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
16 May 2019

Ruben is extremely professional and his attention to detail is excellent. I would highly recommend him!

Kris S.

Takes pride in his work

Rated 5.0 out of 5
24 April 2019

There is not much I can add to tell you about Ruben as I found him to be exactly as the other clients described him. A very conscientious painter, meticulous, takes pride in his work and a wonderful personality as well. I would highly recommend him.

Barbara G.

Very pleased with Ruben's excellent work

Rated 5.0 out of 5
16 April 2019

Ruben painted all my old kitchen cabinets and they look wonderful. The quality of his work is excellent, he’s very thorough, he stayed right on schedule. I’d highly recommend him.


Exceeded our expectations

Rated 5.0 out of 5
7 March 2019

We had our entire house repainted by R.A. Painting and we were very happy with the result. Ruben is friendly, talented and meticulous. He covered our furniture and was very tidy as he painted each part of the house. Thanks to Ruben, the walls and the trim make the house look brand new!


Amazing quality service and well worth the price!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 February 2019

Ruben does fantastic work. After finishing our basement we hired Ruben to paint the walls, ceiling, doors and trim. His work is very malicious and we can easily see he takes pride in his work. He’s very careful to cover all of your belongings and does not leave any smudges or running paint. His lines are perfect and the quality is second to none. I’ll always reach out to Ruben for all of our painting and staining needs from here forward. Thank you Ruben for the wonderful job you did!


“Ruben is a very meticulous worker. His preparation for the painting he did for us was excellent. He was patient, and cleaned carefully after each days work. We highly recommend him!”

Gail Halliday and Donald Whitton

“Ruben is a wonderful painter and has a wonderful work ethic.  He does all the touches without having been asked.  We would be happy to recommend Ruben to anyone.”

Carolyn and David Tilley

I take this opportunity to express my full appreciation to pro painter Ruben Zelayandia for a job well done at my residence. His professional attitude and expertise are clearly reflected in his work.

Chantal Renaud-Masson

“In all our years of having painting done, R.A Painting & Decorating has completed the most professional and thorough paint job ever done for us. The preparation work is the most important part of an exterior paint job. R.A. Painting & Decorating excels at the preparation phase. Unlike many painters who skimp on this very time-consuming part of a paint job, R.A. Painting thoroughly pressure washed and cleaned, scraped, sanded, and primed before the actual coat of paint. They took their time, not rushing through the job. They took their time to clean up and touch up. The end result was well worth it. Our exterior paint will last much longer.

We highly recommend R.A. Painting if you want a paint job well done, and one that will last much longer.”

Ron and Peggy St. John

Hi Ruben,
We LOVE our new kitchen!  The tired oak cabinets from the 80’s look AMAZING!  Thank you so very much for a job well done!  You definitely take pride in your work so the results speak for themselves.  We enjoyed having you in our home and will certainly call on you in the future.

The Bradley family

The Bradley family

“R.A. Painting & Decorating painted the outside of our house much to our satisfaction. We found Ruben to be a most conscientious worker and someone who takes pride in his work. He is a good and steady worker and it is very important to him that the customer is pleased with his work.”

J. Campbell