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Giving life a fresh coat
Dawson survives struggles, starts painting business
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Johnny Dawson reaches high to finish up a recent painting job. Dawson's business name, Second Chance Painting, is a reference to his recovery from addiction. - photo by Seth Wright

A life can sometimes resemble an old house. They both can get battered by storms and tribulations  until they show cracks and start looking worse for wear. Luckily a new perspective and some hard work can put both back on the right path.

That idea is at the heart of Second Chance Painting. Johnny Dawson has been painting houses off and on for around 20 years but got his license to begin painting professionally three weeks ago. Dawson is a recovering addict who is proudly three-years sober and a graduate of the 31st Judicial District Adult Recovery Drug Court under Judge Bart Stanley. Dawson now works for the Drug Court administering drug tests. He credits the program with saving his life and giving him the opportunity to start over with his own business.

“I’d like to give credit to Brad Price, Mary Wolford, Mike Droese and Karla Yates at the drug court for all being a big part of my recovery and helping me turn my life around,” Dawson said. 

When asked why painting was the direction he decided to take his new life, Dawson replied, “I was given a second chance and I see the parallels in my life with taking old things and making them new again and seeing the smile that brings to a customer’s face.”

Dawson’s business is a one-man operation for now but he has plans for growth. “I wanted to be my own boss and to hopefully grow my company to the point where I can help give others a second chance,” Dawson said. “A lot of people helped me on this journey and I just want to express my thanks to everyone who helped turn my life around. I also want to give my love to my mother, Debra Underwood, my wife, Sheena Dawson, and my four children, Cam, Gracie, Tristin and Gavin. I am living proof that it’s never too late for a second chance.”

Dawson attends Martin’s Chapel Fellowship where he serves as the praise and worship leader. He hopes his story can inspire others who find themselves in similar struggles. “I can only keep what I have by giving it back,” he said. 

Second Chance Painting handles interior, exterior, residential and commercial jobs. Dawson can be reached at (931) 259-2543.