A Harvard Square fixture for more than 50 years, Dickson Brothers equips crafty carpenters and handy homeowners with home-improvement supplies to help execute DIY restorations. Create family-room frescoes with California and Pratt & Lambert paints ($36.99/gallon), using tidy tools such as brooms ($5.69), irons ($17.99), and vacuums ($69.99) as inspiration. Illuminate lavish living spaces with lava lamps ($17.99) while brand-new teakettles ($20.99) warm up human interiors.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
From a single Newbury Street storefront that first opened its doors in 1939, the Johnson Paint Company equips artists and renovators with a full spectrum of painting products and supplies to complete creative and residential projects. Customers browse paints, exterior stains, and eco-friendly products as friendly staff advise them on the best tools for their projects so that first-time clowns will apply the appropriate paint to their faces instead of just primer. Brighten rooms with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Regal Select ($48.99/gallon) or Benjamin Moore Aura ($63.99/gallon) and disguise wallpaper with a colorful new identity behind Farrow & Ball ($85/gallon) and Donald Kaufman ($110/gallon) pigment. Johnson Paint Company specializes in hard-to-find items such as dutch kalsomine, powdered pigments, and aniline dyes, saving customers from hand-grinding ochres and iron oxides in private workshops.