How To Paint a Kitchen

Our Top Tips for Decorating a Kitchen

Whether you're making plans for a full renovation or just looking to give your kitchen a refresh; let us guide you through a few simple steps to get the hub of the home looking incredible.  Firstly, there are a few key considerations.

It's important to think about how differently we need to treat the surfaces in the kitchen compared to the other rooms of the home and as with most decorating projects, preparation is key. 

Think about what each of the walls may experience in terms of heat and moisture. Choosing tiles and/or splashbacks above food preparation zones and the hob will prevent steam and heat from damaging the wall behind.  Is the room well ventilated?  An extractor fan plus a couple of windows/doors will limit condensation in the room therefore helping to prevent mould and mildew from developing on your newly painted walls.

Preparing walls for painting

To start with you'll need to repair any damage, holes or cracks with a filler and leave to dry.  Walls previously painted in a sheen finish will need rubbing down with a fine sandpaper first to ensure the new paint has something to adhere to.  Next, dust the whole space down removing small particles and cobwebs from hard-to-reach places.  

There is likely to be grease build-up, so the walls need cleaning down too. To do this, simply use a sugar soap solution and sponge to remove any dirt. Finally, wipe down the walls again with warm water to remove any traces of soap. 

All of the fixtures and fittings need covering up with dust sheets and masking off with tape. A fiddly job but so worthwhile! 

Be Brave with Colour

As an area of the home that is used a lot during the daytime, the kitchen is a great place to be more adventurous with colour.  It's not usual to have a large expanse of wall space in a kitchen as many are taken up with cupboards and appliances; this makes it easier to step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to colour selection. Bright or bold pockets of colour can sit really well beside muted tones, natural materials and reflective surfaces to create a multi-dimensional space with lots of interest and personality.  


We love this uplifting scheme by Alice Keswick that features our soft mineral shade Dried Plaster.


One coat of Craig & Rose 1829 Undercoat will prepare your walls sufficiently for their topcoat. Often overlooked as an unnecessary step, but a little extra effort at this stage will ensure your chosen colour looks as it should and will last longer, as a result. 

Updating a bathroom with a new colour and accessories is a great way to refresh your space.  This shot features Pale Celadon.

What is the best paint finish for the kitchen?

For most kitchens, we recommend our Eggshell paint for walls and Eggshell or Gloss for woodwork and cabinetry. These paints are designed to withstand the atmosphere of a typical kitchen and have incredible durability.

Find out more about our finishes here.  


Time to Paint

Once all of this preparation is complete, the first step of painting is cutting in. If you are using Eggshell paint, we recommend a high-quality synthetic brush. This will ensure a smooth finish, minimising brush marks that may get picked up by any light refracting off the paint when dry. Make sure not to overload the brush with paint either, this is to avoid any drips that may occur and ensures the paint will level and even out as it dries to a perfect finish. 

To fill in the remainder of the walls you should use a short pile roller. Don’t be tempted to over roll the same area too many times as this may begin to lift paint off again.  At the end of each coat ‘feather’ the roller downwards with very light pressure to smooth the finish and lay pigments in the same direction - this is known as laying off.  You’ll find you have great coverage after the second coat is dry. 

It's ideal to leave the surface to dry for around 7 days before it's wiped down. This will give the paint the chance to fully cure and develop the protective, durable finish that you expect. 

If you are looking for ideas on which colours to choose for your kitchen, check out this article. 

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