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do I need a 'kitchen paint' for the kitchen?

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reastie Thu 02-May-13 14:13:14

As you may know from all my my recent posts on here blush I'm having my kitchen redone. Almost all chosen now . We have to choose a glass splash back colour for the back of the hob and have been told they can colour match to any brand/colour we specify.

We were looking at Fired Earth/F&B/English Heritage colours. We want to colour match it as far as possible to a light eau de nil green colour in our tiles and these brands seem to offer good matches. However, I've read on here a bit about f&b not being great at being wipeable. Specialist kitchen paints seem very limited in choice and range though.

Just wondered if it's necessary to get a kitchen paint and what the advantages/disadvantages of not having one would be. We need to choose the glass splash back colour to be the same as our wall paint colour so need to workout which brand/range is the best for us now as once the splash back is done it's too late to change.

MissLurkalot Thu 02-May-13 14:19:01

I don't like kitchen paint, too sheeny!
Dulux Endurance works nicely. We have big kitchen and endurance works brilliantly. Just make sure you have a splash back in the high humidity areas.. Behind sink and cooker.

musickeepsmesane Thu 02-May-13 14:25:52

why don't you have a clear splashback with the wall painted the same colour as your tiles?. The chalk type colours mark easily. I had Laura Ashley chalky eau de nil in my kitchen, looked lovely for about a week sad Also, no. It doesn't need to be specialist kitchen paint, just wipeable. Unless your kitchen is damp/humid which I am assuming not as your are just redoing it

ovenchips Thu 02-May-13 14:26:12

I would have a look at paints from Little Greene Paint Co.

Their colours are v similar to Farrow and Ball, I think their colour range may be greater, the quality is arguably much better and they offer the whole colour range in most of their finishes. I should think Intelligent Eggshell (acrylic) or traditional eggshell would be a really good choice for a kitchen.

reastie Thu 02-May-13 14:31:53

ahh oven I think we have been looking at the little greene paint co, I was getting them muddled with english heritage (or maybe they work together). You see I just don't want to pick a colour for the splash back and walls and then find out what you are saying (the walls will look rubbish after a week).

JazzAnnNonMouse Thu 02-May-13 16:41:15

Just don't go for a Matt or chalky finish and it'll be fine

PolterGoose Fri 03-May-13 08:22:44

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MadBusLady Fri 03-May-13 17:34:31

I am going to bore on about Fired Earth paint again. I love that stuff. We used their ordinary emulsion in our old kitchen. Didn't get round to tiling above the cooker for months blush during which time it got countless splashings with spag bol, fry-up fat, stew etc, and wiped off like new every time. I think I even used kitchen spray on it a couple of times.

We used Laura Ashley paint in our bedroom and it was rubbish, needed 3 full coats to Fired Earth's 1-and-some-patching-up. I can imagine that would not work well in a kitchen.

MadBusLady Fri 03-May-13 17:35:43

(Although I would also get a clear glass splashback. Matching it to the wall sounds a bit high stakes!)

mrssmooth Fri 03-May-13 17:47:51

We put emulsion paint on our walls by mistake (yes, I know blush). From that experience, I would say YES, definately by paints which are moisture resistant. When I'm cooking, the steam rises and you can see where it "hits" the walls because the paint darkens. It's fine for the moment, but I imagine over time, the wallpaper (lining paper) will start peeling away due to constantly becoming damp through the steam. Cooking oil has also splattered on the walls, which had it been kitchen paint, would have just wiped away. I've now got stains on my wall. sad I agree with the reduced choice of colour, and tbh I don't know if colour match paints can be done for kitchen paint, but I'll be off to get a tin of kitchen paint in the next couple of weeks to redo our kitchen before it's too late (luckily they do the same shade in kitchen paint!).

MadBusLady Fri 03-May-13 17:49:46

I'm pretty sure you can get Dulux to make up any colour in any finish, can't you?

We were painting onto plaster rather than lining paper, so didn't have the peeling away issue, I hadn't thought of that.

Reastie Fri 03-May-13 18:20:01

We are painting straight onto plaster too. Kitchen paint is so limited and we want it to tone with our tiles.

madbus there's one fired earth paint we really like, that sounds hopeful then

PolterGoose Fri 03-May-13 18:38:33

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MeAndMySpoon Sun 05-May-13 08:27:09

Well, don't, for fecksake, get a custom-mixed Dulux kitchen paint. hmm We just painted our kitchen walls with some, as per the instructions on the tin. We don't have a fan, but open windows if cooking something that generates lots of steam. Steam now makes horrible runs on the new paint, which appears to separate because the streaks are oily. Not even sure if it can be paintedover sucessfully. Old paint in kitchen (no idea if it was kitchen paint or not, as it w
as there when we moved in) was fine in this regard. sad

Reastie Sun 05-May-13 09:34:59

duly noted meandmyspoon

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