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OttersPocket Tue 11-Feb-14 10:58:58

I'm ripping out the old falling-to-pieces kitchen in the house I've just bought which includes removing all of the awful wall and floor tiles. The room will be completely replastered before the new kitchen goes in. We're going for a white Ikea kitchen with oak coloured worktops. I'm totally new to all of this and I need to know what to put on the kitchen walls between the base and high units. Can I just use kitchen paint with a glass splashback behind the gas hob? Do I need to use glass the whole way round? I really don't want to use tiles again.... Help!

bigbadbarry Tue 11-Feb-14 19:47:13

My kitchen planner (it's being fitted next month, eek!) had advised us to go for a really good washable paint and see. He reckons 80% of his customers are fine with this, even behind the hob - the rest go back for some sort of splashback. Seems sensible to me. <Adds sourcing good paint to ever-growing to-do list.>

wetaugust Tue 11-Feb-14 20:08:18

Like you, I didn't want tiles.

I went for upstands in same material and colour as the worksurfaces, and used Dulux Kitchen washable paint.

So far so good.

OnePlanOnHouzz Tue 11-Feb-14 20:14:31

I have painted T&G. it's rustic !

MrsHarryRamsden Tue 11-Feb-14 20:15:30

Same here, up stands, no tiles and scrubbable paint (is that even a word?!)

Has worked fine, even with spatters of sauce from behind the hob, it washes off

Was going to have a glass splash back but never got round to it...

bigbadbarry Tue 11-Feb-14 20:16:47

MrsHR can you remember which particular paint you used?

TheGreatHunt Tue 11-Feb-14 20:17:03

We went for white tiles. Also ikea white kitchen and oak worktops. Much easier to clean.

OttersPocket Tue 11-Feb-14 20:58:43

Thanks everyone, I think that I'll start off with 'scrubable' paint then. MrsHR any recommendations? I do like some of the dulux colours wetaugust so good to hear that it seems to be doing the job.

Now, to splashback or not to splashback....and which colour confused

bigbadbarry Tue 11-Feb-14 21:08:36

Why not wait and see if you need it? Which is what i tried in a very garbled fashion to articulate up there smile

PrimalLass Wed 12-Feb-14 09:02:01

We went for white tiles. Also ikea white kitchen and oak worktops. Much easier to clean.

This grin

noddyholder Wed 12-Feb-14 09:03:52

Why don't you want tiles?

OttersPocket Wed 12-Feb-14 10:06:07

I'm just not that 'into' tiles and I'd like to have the option of changing the colour of the kitchen easily. Of course I may change my mind and tile after the kitchen is in place grin But we have two layers of tiling to strip back in the meantime...

noddyholder Wed 12-Feb-14 10:15:43

Oh ok smile I am seeing a lot of glass splash backs being removed atm and a big return to tiles but understand your point!

whowherewhen Wed 12-Feb-14 10:27:49

Yes, I agree, sling the tiles. Whatever is said there are always problem stains which you can't remove from the grouting. I've recently had a new kitchen with no tiles at all and am really pleased with it. DH and I do lots of cooking and I'm a very messy worker so decided to have a glass splashback behind the stove. Grease marks can be hard to get off the wall. I wanted a bright colour but my kitchen planner steered me towards a duller colour as he favoured a German manufacturer over a British one!! - said they're always more reliable with the measurements.
It's a blue/grey.

whowherewhen Wed 12-Feb-14 10:29:12

PS. Stainless steel also looks good as a splash back.

OttersPocket Wed 12-Feb-14 10:34:22

It's very difficult to keep up with the 'trends' Noddy smile This is my first house and it requires major renovation so I'm glad for all the guidance I can get!

Who May I ask where you got your splashback from?

whowherewhen Wed 12-Feb-14 10:54:20

We had the kitchen fitted by a company called Europlan in Bournemouth. I just tried to find the invoice but can't put my finger on it at the mo. I don't think it would name the supplier of the glass though.

NoArmaniNoPunani Wed 12-Feb-14 10:57:17

I really want one of these splash backs when we do our kitchen

OttersPocket Wed 12-Feb-14 10:58:49

Thanks who I'll need to get googling then smile Ooooh, I love those NoArmani!

wonkylegs Wed 12-Feb-14 12:02:17

We've got quartz up-stands to match the worktop, white painted Walls and a glass splashback behind the hob.
We just got the glass from a local glazing company.
It's very smart and looks a lot less cluttered than the tiles did.

noddyholder Wed 12-Feb-14 12:45:58

Glass has been a trend for the last 12 or so years I think the patterned tiles have made people change back! I threw away a stunning glass splash back a few months ago a real waste it was an amber colour with bubbles in it such a waste!

MrsHarryRamsden Wed 12-Feb-14 12:46:25

I think the paint we used was something like dulux endurance, was a few years though so probably a previous incarnation, hth x

noddyholder Wed 12-Feb-14 12:47:32

Upstand and scrubbable paint is good though!

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