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re:defining experience in the painting industry: Peter Ducharme

By April 25, 2023Uncategorized

The year was 1980, when our very own Peter Ducharme started his first job at his family paint store business. Later on, he took over the family business and even ran his own painting company. Doing this, he learned a lot about painting, sales and leadership. Peter then used those skills in other positions held through the painting industry, including working at Sherwin Williams in business development and various positions for a national CertaPro Painters franchise corporation.

In 2020, Peter joined the re:fab team as our Director of Business Development, also overseeing our Recruitment and Development department. When it comes to paint, Peter’s areas of expertise are in sales, marketing, estimating, production, lifecycle cost analysis, budgetary cost analysis, product specifications and paint coatings failure analysis.

If he could give his younger self career advice, it would be to partner with customers. He believes when you work as a team with every customer on every project, then it makes the job come out the way they want it to!

Over the past 40 years, he has received many awards and accreditations including:

  • certification with the Rhode Island Small Business Entrepreneurial Training Program
  • OSHA-10 certification
  • KTE-Tator, Inc. paint coatings safety & health certification
  • Sherwin-Williams ArmorSeal® epoxy advanced floor coatings certification
  • Color Institute of America certification
  • CertaPro Painters LTD Operations General Manager of the Year
  • Sherwin-Williams Masters and President’s Club Recipient

So, you know he knows what he is talking about!

Peter’s biggest career accomplishment is helping painting businesses grow to their full potential, including re:fab! He does this by helping teach the sales team how to get in front of new customers. Some of the best ways to do so are to:

  1. Know your audience
  2. Stay in touch
  3. Create and build a personal connection
  4. Keep them in the loop with new products and services
  5. Provide routine updates on current projects that working on for them
  6. Provide solutions that fit their needs

Peter has managed many customer relationships, including working with a large national retailer and helping them rebrand over 500 stores across the US. When asked what he thought was the key to developing customer relationships he said, “Deliver a consistent customer experience every time you interact with their business.”

Providing opportunities for great people is why he loves working at re:fab and why he thinks others should, too. He works hard on building long-term relationships and making friends along the way, whether it’s with a client, coworker, or subcontractors. Peter works hard “every day, until it’s finished.”

His favorite paint color is Urban Putty by Sherwin-Williams. Outside of work, Peter enjoys playing pool, having a nice glass of wine with family and friends, and tries to travel to California whenever he can to visit his son and his adorable granddaughter.

Peter may have 40 years of paint experience, however re:fab’s experience doesn’t stop there. Our painting division has over 150 years of combined experience in painting not just in New England, but all over the USA! Looking for an experienced painting contractor for your next painting project? Contact us today!

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Drywall + Carpentry


Whether the interior walls of your commercial facility have been damaged, the front door of your business needs an upgrade or your floors are in need of attention, re:fab has the right team and process to meet your specific needs.
With a team of skilled carpenters and specialty craftsmen, re:fab helps clients tackle quick improvements to full-scale renovation needs.


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Professional Renovation Services Tailored to your Industry.

re:fab is the trusted partner for commercial renovations and specialty applications for properties and facilities across all industries. Whether a commercial office building or a multi-family property, our experienced team has the knowledge and resources to get your job done right.

  • Flooring & Epoxy Coatings
  • Windows and Doors
  • Interior and Exterior Painting
  • Rebranding Services and Special Finishes Installments
  • Carpentry & Drywall Repairs
  • Heating and AC and/or HVAC
  • Plumbing & Electrical
  • Trenching
  • Appliance Replacement
  • Gutters
  • Structural Repairs & Safety Hazards


Specialty Flooring


Floor Coatings Keep Your Foundations Safe

re:fab’s floor coating services provide a dramatic enhancement to the look and feel of commercial and industrial properties. In addition, specialty floor coatings maintain the health and durability of your floors and overall properties, creating a more healthy and safer space for your employees, customers and the environment

Our Experts Provide A Variety Of Floor Coating Services, Including:

  • Epoxy Floor Coatings
  • Cementitious Urethane Resurfacers
  • Decorative Flake and Quartz Floor Coating Systems
  • Joint Fillers-Repair Mortars
  • Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) Coating Systems
  • High-Performance Urethane Topcoat
  • Resurfacers
  • Same-Day Coating Systems
  • Moisture Vapor Reducer
  • Sealers
  • Urethane Topcoats

*Please note: re:fab provides flooring services as part of a larger renovation or painting program or project, not a standalone service.


EIFS + Stucco


Commercial buildings and industrial facilities featuring exterior walls with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) have the attractiveness of a stucco finish but with greater insulation, toughness and longevity. In fact, unlike stucco, EIFS is actually a multi-layered system that includes insulation board, base coat and finish coat. It’s a combination that provides a classic look with modern advantages.

In addition to much-improved insulation, EIFS can improve indoor air quality and reduce the environmental impact of a structure throughout its lifetime, and it is available in a virtually unlimited range of colors and textures.

EIFS has transformed commercial buildings across all industries and our team of specialists can help you understand the benefits of this important application.

*We are Dryvit Systems EIFS Certified Installers.


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Regular power washing keeps commercial facilities running efficiently and safely, helps businesses stay compliant with environmental regulations, rids surfaces of mold and delivers an attractive first impression to clients and guests. Our team can quickly and easily return your properties to excellent condition.

Exterior Power Washing Services Include:

  • Exterior wall pressure washing
  • Construction clean-up
  • Graffiti removal
  • Heavy equipment, truck and fleet cleaning
  • Driveway and parking lot cleaning
  • Patio washing
  • Gutter and drain cleaning
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  • Swimming pools
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re:fab’s 30 years+ experience with commercial interior and exterior painting, sealing and wall & ceiling applications assures each client that we have the expertise to deliver for any business painting requirement. Tackling projects both large and small, across New England, our teams are capable of serving all of your standard and specialty painting and application needs.

  • Interior & exterior applications
  • Multi-color systems
  • Wallpaper removal & installation
  • Power washing
  • EIFS & stucco
  • Wall coverings
  • Korugard
  • Acoustical ceiling painting
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