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About Us

One of the most important things to know about Tust Studio, even beyond where we have learned our craft is that we are a small company. So when you hire us, you get us, not people hired to do our job for you. We've learned from some the best in the field. The knowledge and skills we have some are not even being taught anymore and its getting harder to find the information in books. Often we are called on a to match faux finishes, decorative finishes, woodgrain new windows to match vintage graining or surrounding wood finishes, restoration, custom work and color matching. Throughout San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area we are just two of an ever dwindling list of artists that know the age old arts.  Many of the artists whom we have learned from are long retired or retiring soon.  We plan to be around a long time. We also teach classes to share the knowledge taught to us. 

Michael started the business in 1988 doing interior painting. In 1993 he attended The Paperhanging Institute in New Jersey. This 2-month course was over 350 hours of installing custom wall covering. In 1995, his wife Laura joined him in the company, and they expanded to include decorative painting. Laura attended the portfolio classes from George Zaffle, Gale Laurence and the Day Studio.  From 1995 to 2001 Michael traveled throughout the United States to learn from many respected artists. In 2008 Michael went to France for 4 months to further his talents.


​Michael and Laura have studied under some of the most respected artists in the world, including: JoAnne Day, George Zaffle, Bill Holgate, Pierre le Fumat, Mike Mac Neil, Nicola Vigini, Pierre Finkelestein, Gale Laurence and in France under Yannick Guegan for several months. They have had the privilege to work in the homes of Bing Crosby, William Hearst III, Andre Agassi and Stephanie Graf, the Vice President of Netscape, Jerry Hairston Jr  (baseball player), Mike Holmgren (football coach) and the de Guigne Mansion.

Michael specializes in Woodgraining, Marbleizing, Custom Interior painting, Restoration,Tromp l'oeil, Murals and Decorative Venetian Plasters. Laura's specialties include Color Consultation, Wall Finishes, Gilding, Gold Leaf, Color Matching,Furniture Finishes and Stenciling.



Their artistic pursuits have been very successful. They received three separate segments on Discovery Channel, the nationally syndicated show "The Fix-it Line",  where they had the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate topics on Faux Finishing, Wallcovering, and Paint. They have also been in the San Francisco Chronicle, Palo Alto Weekly and the Oklahoma News for projects they have worked on.


Even though Michael and Laura have been trained by many of the most respected Decorative Artists in the world, they continue to keep up on the latest products available for decorative painting. They are committed to perfecting their skills in the industry. Their combined experience of 50 years in the Decorative Painting field, offers you the client, the opportunity to see your ideas and visions come to life on walls, ceilings, doors and any surface you can imagine. Visit the Commissions Page In addition they are teaching the new generation of artists these specialized skills, see classes page for more information.



Tust Studio
1618 Sullivan Ave
PMB 536
Daly City, CA 94015
(650) 207-3171​

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