Paint - you can buy it from small hardware shops (ok...) to giant home warehouse stores (no thanks). We figure we'll buy it from a family owned paint store - makes sense, right? These guys know what they are doing.
We always do our own painting and like to experiment with color so we are fairly frequent paint purchasers. We've never gone wrong with shop pictured here, Sappano's on Halsted. We've asked lots of questions; they are always nice and have good advice on how to do what you need to do.
And what you need to do it. They have paint (of course), stains, varnishes, sealers. They also carry glosses, glazes, texturing mediums, and venetian plasters. Gold leaf foils, too. Oh and wallpaper and fabric. If you can apply it to the walls of your place, you can probably get it here.
They have tons of application tools from basic rollers to quail feathers, clean up solutions and floor protection goods.
We've heard they also offer power tool rentals, a great idea for sometime DIY'ers or those of us who don't want to give up precious storage space for tools we only use now and then.
Lines include: Paint from Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Moore, Pratt & Lambert, Muralo, ICI and Martin Senour. Fabrics from Robert Allen and Designer's Guild. Wallpaper from Tibault, Waverly and Pierre Deux.
Other Chicago Locations: 1300 W. Wabash 312.663.0700, and 3545 N. Kedzie 773-463-3050.
Note: Sappano's runs a website, PaintPlus.com. It's a good site but it doesn't have any info on any of Sappano's brick and mortar shops in particular - its more of an e-commerce site. Give Sappano's a call with questions on the stores/hours/selection available.