Our Story

Charlie Davis has been a llama farmer for the past 30 years. Just kidding, he’s in paint and paint accessories.

TLDR version: Through his on-going relationships with big-brand paint manufacturers and distributers, as well as furniture painting aficionados, Charlie’s had the opportunity to utilize a variety of finishing products. His input into the performance of Good Bones paint helped it to become the beautiful beast that it is: a high-quality, environmentally-sound finishing product for all types of furniture. He lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia with his family and dog, Patch.

He says, and I quote, “When Good Bones hits the Big Time, I’m buying that Llama.”

Full scoop: Charlie is the founder and president of a robust painting contracting company, called Piedmont Paint & Finish. It specializes in high-end estates and commercial properties. It’s got big projects, like the Rotunda at UVA and homes of internationally acclaimed musicians and athletes under its belt. Running this company led to a need for more detail and design work, which was the genesis of his second company, called Pigment: The Paint Workshop. Pigment upcycles and refinishes furniture, cabinets, and décor and specializes in faux and artistic finishes. 

Through running these companies, Charlie discovered he needed a paint that performed better, was more durable, and more adaptable that what he could find on the market. Thus, Good Bones Paint was born. It was designed with beauty and brawn in mind: it can be buffed to a satin finish, requires no sanding to stick, and is self-priming and self-sealing against water stains and most regular abuse. 

“At Good Bones Paint, we aim to enhance daily life through the power of colorful transformation.”   

Good Bones is a small staff of 5. We hand pour and hand tint every paint and make all of our waxes in house. Our home base is located in Charlottesville, VA and most of our products (and the llama!) are locally sourced.

The llama’s name is Teriyaki and he lives on a nearby farm. His dearest wish was to be an actor, and we couldn’t say no to that face. If you’re still reading, and wonder if we named our paint after the HGTV show, we did not. We were named first.