About Alft Decorators

Unique decorative texture & paint for your home & business.
Custom Design is our speciality.

  • Venetian Plaster
  • Architectural Finishes
  • Dimensional & Embossed Designs
  • Faux Tile, Mosaics, Brick & Stone Metallics
  • Foils & Embellishments
  • Artistic Countertop Resurfacing
  • Custom Canvas Design
  • Color Consultation

In central Wisconsin, the name “Alft” has become synonymous with paint! Founded in 1946 as “Edward Alft & Son” by Doug's father and grandfather, Alft Decorators has remained a family business for almost 70 years and is now owned and operated by Doug and Mave Alft. At the age of ten, Doug started his painting career by helping his father paint his own elementary school, which led to weekend and summer jobs, an apprenticeship, and a partnership with his father in 1971 as a journeyman painter.

Doug specializes in interior painting, staining, varnishing, wallpaper installation, drywall and plaster repair with superior color and texture replication skills.

Mave “married” the painting business when she met her husband at Stout State University. Mostly self-taught in the decorative arts, she began stenciling in 1972, co-managed the Alft retail paint and wallpaper shop, managed a home décor & stencil shop for 20 years, and taught faux finish and stenciling classes until 2001, when Alft Decorators sold the retail operation. The company then downsized from 14 employees to a partnership of two and the decorative painting business of today was born!

Doug and Mave Alft strive for innovation in their wall, ceiling and furniture finishes and specialize in customization and detail as they create unique room designs.

A member of IDAL (previously SALI) since the 1980s, Mave has studied under Melanie Royals, Kathy Carroll, Gary Lord, Donna Phelps, Pro Faux, Mindy Harrell, and Kathy Wear. She has taught finishing classes at the “Faux Retreat," “Camp Faux," and the Minnesota IDAL Chapter.


See examples of our work at:

Endless Designs, Marshfield, WI

Custom Kitchens & Cabinets, Inc.
Furniture Studio & Home Furniture
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

DFF Cabinets, Blenker, WI

Ferguson, Wausau, WI