excellence in interiors since 1925

Johnston Paint and Decorating's old location in Columbia, MO.

Our commitment to community, superior service, and quality products hasn't changed in over 90 years.

Commitment has been the backbone of Johnston Paint & Decorating for more than 90 years. Commitment to quality. Commitment to service. And commitment to our community. 

Our History in Columbia, MO


In 1925, L.D. Johnston and his sons, Paul and Lennie, opened the L.D. Johnston Company (which would later become Johnston Paint & Decorating) at 14 N. Ninth Street.

At the time, the family only sold paint, wallpaper, and glass. But by 1939, the business had grown enough to require larger retail space.

Johnston Paint & Decorating moved to 702 E. Broadway, where it remained for roughly the next 40 years.

After L.D.’s death, Paul and Lennie continued to run the business. The brothers took on Gary Turner and Ron Elder as store employees in the 1970s, and in 1984 Turner and Elder purchased the store from the Johnston family.

Soon, Turner and Elder relocated Johnston Paint & Decorating to 613 E. Ash to better accommodate customer parking and store larger volumes of inventory.

Once they settled into the new Ash street location, Turner and Elder also expanded their product line to include tile, carpet, window treatments, and custom draperies.

As Columbia continued to grow, so did the customer base at Johnston. 

In 2007, we opened our current location on Buttonwood Drive with almost 4 times the square footage of our previous location. And we expanded to add an impressive showroom built with our customers' needs in mind. Come by for a visit to speak to our interior design experts and start planning your next project.


Our  paint  center inside the new Johnston Paint & Decorating  showroom .

Our paint center inside the new Johnston Paint & Decorating showroom.


Today, we boast a staff with more than 175 years of combined experience.


Our numerous designers and paint consultants impart their insiders’ knowledge of the industry and its innovative products to customers every day in order to provide the best service possible.

We also remain dedicated to providing only superior products. That’s why we still proudly sell Benjamin Moore Paints today, a brand we’ve carried since 1925.