Roller Barn gets fresh coat from Sherwin-Williams

You can hardly walk into Oak Harbor’s Roller Barn without noticing the faded red paint chipping from its rough exterior. Tony Maggio is aware of the painting need there yet must crane his neck to size up the project’s scope.

Dave Hume

You can hardly walk into Oak Harbor’s Roller Barn without noticing the faded red paint chipping from its rough exterior.

Tony Maggio is aware of the painting need there yet must crane his neck to size up the project’s scope.

“Oh man, that’s a big project,” said Maggio, store manager of Oak Harbor’s Sherwin-Williams store.

“We don’t have a problem tackling a project like that. But we would probably need to have a lot of members of the community and some other organizations assist with that.

“I think a lot of construction work needs to be done before the painting stage.”

Before any thoughts of painting the century-old barn’s exterior are entertained, Maggio and his crew at Sherwin-Williams will continue to make progress one stage at a time in sprucing up the barn’s interior.

In the store’s latest community service project, Maggio and his team volunteered their services on a recent Saturday to paint a good chunk of the walls and ceilings inside the Roller Barn.

It was part of the store’s commitment during the company’s National Paint Week last week to make a difference in the community by helping with a painting project at a nonprofit, church, school or other organization.

Maggio’s store is committed to a multi-phase project over the next couple of years with the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor, which makes the Roller Barn its home.

Sherwin-Williams teamed up with two Oak Harbor painting contractors, Island Custom Coatings and Tru Colors Painting, and Oak Harbor muralist Sooz Konopik May 16 on the project.

They put fresh coats of donated blue and white paint on the downstairs hallway walls and ceiling, the stairway walls and trim and the sitting area near the upstairs kitchen.

“They’re the same colors, it’s just all real clean,” said Nikki Barone, unit director at the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor.

The opportunity to partner with the Boy & Girls Club appealed to Maggio.

“I grew up in the Boys & Girls Club (in Seattle),” he said. “When I heard Sherwin-Williams was partnering with the Boys & Girls Club, I thought that was great.”

Oak Harbor’s Sherwin-Williams store has been more visible in supporting community projects and events in recent years.

It started revving up its efforts in 2013 under then store manager Dave Crume by helping sponsor the city’s Fourth of July fireworks show and will continue that support for the third year in a row this summer.

Last year, the store donated its time and paint re-painting the Independent Order of Odd Fellow Lodge on Barrington Avenue in Oak Harbor.

Sherwin-Williams donates paint to the Whidbey Playhouse for its sets and has helped with other smaller donations and projects.

Crume, who now handles the floorcovering end of the business, said the focus on the community was part an act of goodwill and increasing brand awareness.

“We just think it’s important,” Crume said. “I just think that part of being a responsible corporation is giving back to the community. And I enjoy it.”

Maggio, the former football coach at Coupeville High School, said he’s also got involved in the community by joining the booster clubs at Oak Harbor and Coupeville high schools.

“To me, it’s being part of both communities, not just Oak Harbor. We get business on Central Whidbey, too.”


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