Kitchen paint buying guide

Kitchen paint buying guide

Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester

Guide written by:

Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester

There is paint for ceilings, walls, splashbacks, furniture or even kitchen worktops. Whether this is acrylic, epoxy or glycerophtalic paint, it must be adapted to the substrate, its use and be resistant. Read on to choose the right paint for your kitchen!

Important features

  • Criteria to consider
  • The substrate
  • Application and maintenance
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Criteria for choosing kitchen paint

Before you start painting, it is important to make the right choices. Kitchen paint must match the substrate, be suitable for its intended use and be resistant. This is shown in the following table.

Ceiling

Walls

Furniture

Splashback

Worktop

Moisture resistance

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Water resistance

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Suitability for contact with food

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Resistance to food stains

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Grease resistance

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Using the table, you can make your choice based on the substrate. The next step is to choose the paint type: acrylic, epoxy or glycerophtalic.

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Choosing the right paint and finish for the ceiling

A matt finish is recommended for the ceiling as it hides defects. Less washable than satin finish paint, matt paint is still washable, but in general, ceilings are not washed very often so it is better to repaint them.

Acrylic or glycerophtalic paint is particularly suitable for this surface. Choose a glycerophtalic paint if the old paint is oil-based or if there are damp patches as it masks them better. On the other hand, use an acrylic paint on an old water-based paint or on a new surface as it gives off fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), i.e. emits less polluting substances.

Choosing the right paint and finish for kitchen walls

Satin finish paint is generally chosen as it can be washed. However, if your walls are uneven, you can choose a matt finish as it hides defects better, but is only washable. A velvet finish, which is new on the market, is a good compromise as it combines the advantages of matt and satin finish paints.

Just as with the ceiling, you can choose between glycerophtalic and acrylic paint. However, acrylic paint is preferred because it is less polluting.

Choosing the right paint and finish for furniture

Appearance is very important for this, so it is advisable to opt for a satin or gloss finish, especially as they can be washed or brushed.

Acrylic paints are particularly suitable. Use renovation paints as the resins are more resistant and adhere to various substrates without the need for an undercoat. Epoxy paint is also suitable but is harder to apply.

Choosing the right paint and finish for splashbacks and worktops

Choosing a matt, satin or gloss finish is not important as a varnish or finishing resin must be applied in all cases. Varnishes are very resistant, so you can make a guilt-free decision.

Epoxy paint is the most suitable for these surfaces, as it is extremely hard and impact resistant. It is perfect for worktops! Acrylic renovation paints for kitchens are also suitable for these surfaces, provided that a special worktop varnish is applied for impact resistance. Acrylic renovation paint is film-forming and when applied to a horizontal surface, is exposed to frequent washing and impact.

 
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Guide written by:

Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester

Jennifer, Self-taught DIY enthusiast, Manchester

I didn’t receive any special training, I learned everything on the job. And what a joy it is to be able to do little jobs around the house that we love so much. That is, until the moment we decided to move and had to do everything; from the floor to the ceiling, from the kitchen to the bathroom...In short, you become as good as a pro. So today, my friends don’t hesitate to call me when they need help. And when you dip your toe in, there’s no turning back. It’s a true passion that drives us to take on the challenges, to have an idea in mind and see it come alive with just a few tools. And a passion is even better when you can share it. So, whenever I can give you a little advice, it’s with great pleasure.

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