• You've been skating on Templeton's paint? We supply most of the ice-hockey arenas in the city with the paint for their rinks.
  • Templeton's also sells "convenience" hardware items - basic plumbing, electrical, and hand tool supplies - and we're the only downtown source for many of these items.
  • We cut keys and stock a wide selection of "Happy Keys". Try one - they make finding the right key easier, and fun.
  • Templeton's has a quaint selection of housewares - such as delicate teacups and saucers - so have a browse for the perfect finishing touch.
  • The Anna Templeton Centre on Duckworth Street, where skills in art and design are taught, is named after a family member. Anna toured Newfoundland outports during the 1950s, supporting and encouraging cottage industries.
  • In the early 20th century, wallpaper did not just help people beautify and refresh their homes - contributing an insulating layer to the walls. The more often you "updated" your look, the better insulated was your house.
  • In 2004, Templeton's donated the paint and materials to restore the "Golden Pheasant Tea" mural on the side of the East End Club building at the bottom of St. John's Lane (at Water Street).
  • The truck stops here! Templeton's stocks paint for roads and parking lots.
  • Touch-ups are often easier using spray paint - and we can put your preferred paint or stain in a standard aerosol can. Just ask us!
  • It's not just wooden clapboard you can paint - vinyl siding can also be successfuly coated this way. Ask us for more information about products and technique.
  • The "Historic Colours" palette is approved by the City of St. John's?
  • Templeton's has a complete selection of all the tools you'll need for your wallpaper project - sponges, paste, broad knives, water boxes, and more.

Templeton’s stocks a wide range of paints and stains
suitable for interior, exterior, and specialty applications.

This gives you choice when it comes to colours, brands, and price ranges.

We encourage you to browse this introduction to our product range—and come in or call for information and advice about which products are right for your project, and to choose colours.

We’re ready to answer your paint and stain questions!

A Note About Colour

Because no hue will look exactly the same on every computer screens, we have not put our colour palettes online. It’s best to come in and choose your colours in person. We also recommend you take your sample chips back to the room you want to paint, to make sure they “work” with the actual room lighting.

One-Stop Shop

We also stock all the tools you need to do the work, including:

  • Brushes, rollers, and pans
  • Wall and floor preparation products
  • Caulking
  • Drop cloths
  • Putty knives, scrapers
  • Glue and sealants
  • Metal trim pieces
  • Quarter-round
  • Cleaning materials

Need a floor sander? Rent one from us!
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Benjamin Moore

Canada’s most trusted name in paints has been doing business across the country since 1907.

Templeton’s has a long association with Benjamin Moore, and we stock a wide range of their paints and stains.

See www.Benjaminmoore.com to view their products. You’ll also find the latest palette suggestions from designers, as well as helpful tools such as Benjamin Moore’s “Personal Colour Viewer,” which lets you “preview” your colour choices on sample rooms, and even your own!

Laurentide / Matchless

Laurentide is a Quebec-based company that produces a number of trusted paint and stain lines. Newfoundlanders are particularly familiar with their Matchless brand, as Matchless began as a Newfoundland company in 1902. Templeton’s has sold Matchless paint since it first appeared.

Laurentide bought the Newfoundland firm in 1999. Matchless paints are now made in New Brunswick, but they are still formulated to withstand our distinctive climate conditions.

In addition to Matchless paints, Laurentide produces a range of products for different uses and at price levels suited to all budgets.

Matchless Snotone The premium Matchless line
Matchless The standard Matchless line
Matchless Marine For boats and the marine-environment
Professional Pride The economy contractor line
Series The premium contractor line
Titanium Regular interior latex
PermaTec Exterior stain
DuroSol Anti-rust paint
Boomerang Recycled paint

Laurentide’s website - www.paintcafe.com - offers painting tips and advice, help with choosing colours, and tools for calculating how much paint you will need for your project.

Looking for a Green Alternative?
One of Laurentide’s unique products is Boomerang, its recycled paint brand. Learn more about this high-quality indoor and exterior product, which is available in a range of colours, at www.boomerangpaint.com.

Historic Colours

Over the past few decades, St. John’s has experienced an explosion of colour on its clapboard-sided houses—so much so that the city is now known and celebrated for its bright “jellybean” row houses. This blossoming of colour began with the introduction of tint-able paint in the 1950s, and has continued through the revitalization of the downtown in recent years.

Inspired by both the colours of our celebrated historic structures and exciting new and non-traditional hues, Templeton’s created the “Historic Colours” palette, which is uniquely suited to Newfoundland and Labrador. Our collaborators were the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, who helped pick and verify the colours’ distinctive local names, and Matchless Paints. With their help, the “Historic Colours” palette was launched in 2007.

Many of its colours have heritage links: Dory Buff, for example, is a hue traditionally used on small boats to make them more visible against sea and sky, Colonial Beige references the old CN railway stations—and you can guess at the colours of Harbour Deep, Scrunchions, and Hard Tack…

Come in for “Historic Colours” brochure or paint chips—or have a look here.

Matchless Marine

Matchless Marine paint is designed to help wood, fiberglass, and metal surfaces withstand the conditions of the marine environment.

Suitable for boats, wharves, and coastal buildings, it can stand up to our cold and damp North Atlantic environment.

View the Matchless Marine brochure, visit the Matchless Marine website - www.paintcafe.com/en/produit/marine.asp - or drop in or contact us for more information.


Cabot is a well-established American manufacturer of stains and paints, many of which are used in pre-finished siding available in Newfoundland and Labrador. Templeton’s stocks many of these stain colours, so that you can find a match for your hue.

Cabot’s website is also great for helping you determine stain colours for your siding or deck - but be forewarned that not all products you’ll see there (or services on the site, such as the Sample Store) are available to Canadian customers. Take a look at www.cabotstain.com, gather up your questions, and come in and let us help you create the look you want.


The name “Sikkens” has been associated with exterior stain and finishes since 1772.

Templeton’s stocks the Sikkens products that are most popular and trusted in this province. Suitable for log homes, wood siding, and decks—as well as marine applications and outdoor furniture—they are mainly from Sikkens’ semi-transparent range.

Choose from several popular colours in these Cetol lines:

  • Cetol -1
  • Cetol - 23plus
  • Celol - SRD
  • Cetol - Dek Finish
  • Cetol - Marine
  • Cetol - TLG

More information about Sikkens’ products, as well as tips for their use, can be seen at www.sikkens.ca. (Note that not all products seen are stocked here.)

Flame Control

Flame Control manufactures fire-retardant and high temperature coatings that can confer a fire rating to the surfaces they cover.

“Intumescent” in nature, they “puff out” when heated by fire, creating an extra space between the flame and the more flammable material beneath the paint, such as wood or drywall.

These paints can be advantageous for commercial premises such as bed and breakfasts, as well as in engine rooms, and other high-heat locations.

Templeton’s stocks a selection of the most popular products, particularly light and clear colours—and can obtain more by special order.

See www.flamecontrol.ca for more information about these products, or contact us.

Homestead House

Homestead House, an Ontario company, started out producing a line of specialty “milk paints”—a traditional line of coatings made from powdered milk, pigment, and water that give a warm heritage look to furniture and built-ins.

Today, they also make indoor and outdoor acrylic and oil-based paints in a range of beautiful heritage palettes.

Templeton’s stocks a good selection of their most popular lines, and can quickly and easily special-order others.

See www.homesteadhouse.ca for more about the Homestead House product line.