The majority of shops are closed, and even with the exception of hardware stores being listed as ‘essential’, many have remained closed in order to abide by the government’s social distancing guidelines.
Additionally, police guidance has stated that going out to buy paint and brushes simply to redecorate a kitchen, for example, is not a ‘reasonable excuse’ for someone to leave their home during the coronavirus lockdown.
So many of us are left asking the same question, ‘Where can I buy paint online?’
You’ll find some retailers and paint manufacturers are currently experiencing knock-on effects as a result of coronavirus, with issues including limited supplies, logistical issues and increased product demand.
If you’re looking for the best places to buy paint online, whether it’s interior paint for walls and ceilings, kitchen or bathroom paint, or masonry paints for exteriors, see a list of retailers – and the types of paint available to buy – below.
Designer Paint is still making deliveries for online orders, and is following the advice of Public Health England. Designer Paint offers the widest choice of paints online based on colour, finish and surface. Brands include Dulux Heritage, Rust-Oleum, Little Greene, Graham & Brown, Farrow & Ball and many more. You can also buy decorating essentials, such as brushes and rollers. Please note, delivery lead-times are being affected due to operational constraints.
Wickes is still selling paint online. Depending what time you visit the website, you may encounter a queuing system which requires you to wait before being allowed to browse. We found most paints to be in stock and available to order for home delivery – though there are restrictions and some are only Click & Collect. You can find interior wall & ceiling paint, furniture & cupboard paint, and undercoats and primers. Brands include Dulux, Sandtex, Ronseal, and Wickes’ own-brand paint. Additionally, there are several mix & match offers currently online.
I Love Wallpaper
I Love Wallpaper has restocked its paint selection after selling out due to high demand since lockdown. You’ll find a range of wall and ceiling emulsion paint from Johnstone’s and you can order a 75ml sample size too. The online store is operating business as usual and you can get free UK delivery on all orders over £50.
Dulux had to temporarily suspended its website for all new orders in April. However, an updated statement on 1st May explains that paint testers are now available to buy again.
‘Whenever possible, we are accepting orders for 30ml testers on dulux.co.uk again to help you to start planning your next decorating project. Hopefully we will be able to expand the range of products available over the coming weeks as the situation improves. Please be advised that, depending on order volumes and our ability to safely process them, we may have to temporarily suspend taking orders via our website from time to time.’
For more product availability, check Dulux’s local stockists to enquire about delivery.
You can buy a range of paints from Amazon – if you know what you’re specifically looking for, search for it to see the available sellers, as while there is a good range of top brands including Dulux, Ronseal, Rust-Oleum and Johnstone’s, these are limited in areas. You can shop house paints, wall paints and more, and please note, you may have to wait longer for delivery.
Although there’s not a huge range, you’ll be surprised by what you can find on eBay, so do have a look if you’re after a particular type of paint as you may be in luck. For example, selected Crown wall paint and Dulux wall & ceiling paint are all available to buy.
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Graham & Brown
Paints are still available to order from Graham & Brown and there’s a good range in stock. You may experience a delay to your delivery.
DIY and hardware retailer B&Q sell an extensive range of paint and decorating supplies. Having updated its stock, there’s now a good selection of wall and ceiling paint including Dulux, Valspar and its GoodHome own-brand paint. B&Q implemented a virtual queue for much of April but you should now be able to enter the website as normal.
You can still buy paint online at Homebase – and a good range is still available, though some paints are excluded. Homebase’s own-brand emulsion paint appears to be in good supply. There’s a good selection of paints to buy from Crown, Farrow & Ball and Dulux, but please note, deliveries are taking longer than usual.
Wilko‘s stores and website remains open, however, there is currently an extremely limited range available to buy online.
If you’re undertaking upcycling projects and are looking for some Rust-Oleum furniture paint, spray paint and glitter/shimmer, then Very has a good range in stock online, all available for home delivery.
Argos stocks two paint brands – Johnstone’s (wall & ceiling paint and shed & fence paint) and Rust-Oleum (furniture paint). Although there’s not a huge choice, paint products are available to buy for home delivery, but there’s limited stock.
Fenwick & Tilbrook
Family run business Fenwick & Tilbrook offers high quality paint in a 120+ wide colour palette. As the team makes each tin of paint to order and can still dispatch for next day delivery, nothing is left sitting on a shelf. You can order colour cards and sample pots too, and they also provide a bespoke service to help you create your perfect shade.
Paint The Town Green
Paint The Town Green offers environmentally friendly paint with 42 different shades. Whilst their showroom is close, they are still fulfilling paint orders nationwide, with a free knock and drop delivery for all local orders too. Orders can be made online, by phone or via email. Additionally, founder Phil Robinson has made some ‘decorating whilst isolating’ video tutorials, such as how to fill cracks in a wall and how to prime MDF shelves. If you have any DIY questions, you can submit them to: [email protected].
You can buy eggshell, gloss, matt emulsion and chalk paint at luxury paint manufacturer, Vintro Paint, and orders are being processed as normal. All paints are water-based and virtually odourless and you can browse by either paint type or colour.
Small, family-run business M&L Paints is still able to mix and despatch paint at its factory in Petersfield, Hampshire, with DPD next day delivery. You can buy interior and exterior paint and there’s 120 colours to choose from too.
New home decor brand Lick Home is selling paint online, which can be delivered directly to your door. There’s a carefully curated list of just 49 paint colours, and if you’re wanting to test out colours, you can get free delivery on £1 paint samples.
Britain’s oldest family-owned paint manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Mylands, are still delivering paint. If you want interior paint, choose from 120 colours, all London made and inspired. You can also buy primers, undercoats and wood finishes. Delivery times are slightly longer than normal due to increased pressure on their delivery networks, which is currently averaging between 3-5 working days per order.
Online orders are still being processed for chalk paint and wall paint at Annie Sloan, but there are some delays. A statement on the website reads: ‘The Annie Sloan Warehouse is open and operating a reduced workforce during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please note due to a high demand of orders and couriers experiencing delayed services, please expect a long delay in the delivery of your online order of 7-10 days.’
Dowsing & Reynolds
Dowsing & Reynolds sell a luxury interior paint range, and they are delivering as normal. The 12-product capsule paint collection, available in both supreme matt emulsion and eggshell, is part of a collaboration with paint manufacturer Vintro.
Farrow & Ball
You can still make orders at Farrow & Ball online (but their showrooms are temporarily closed). Please note, you may have to wait a little longer for delivery. Farrow & Ball said on their website: ‘Our website and online ordering system are operating with extended lead times of approximately 14-21 days as our delivery and Customer Services team are currently experiencing very high levels of demand and it may take up to 5 working days to respond to your query. We appreciate you bearing with us.’
Frenchic Furniture Paint
With over 60 shades, Frenchic Paint has everything you need to transform your doors, walls and furniture, both indoors and outdoors. The eco-friendly chalk and mineral paint brand is ideal for all upcycling projects.
‘Due to an incredible demand for Frenchic Paint and products, our usual order processing is taking longer than normal. Please bear with us as we work through the orders during this turbulent time,’ explains a message on the website.
Celtic Sustainables is still operating in full online with a UK delivery service. You can find eco-friendly and sustainable paint (they are the largest stockists of Earthborn Paint in the UK), plus decorating and building products.
Known for their odourless, solvent free, non-toxic decorative paints, you can still order online via Lakeland Paints, and shop their extensive colour palette of 180 shades.
You can still buy paint from Little Greene, with a good range in stock. Expect delivery within 8 days.
You can find selected paints on Screwfix (primers, decking paint, masonry etc.), many of which are for contact-free click and collect, but very few are available for delivery. Brands include Dulux Trade, Dulux Easycare, Leyland, Zinsser and No Nonsense.
‘During this time, we’ve reduced our range across this category. You may find a larger number of our products are unavailable,’ a message on the Screwfix website reads.
Decorating Centre Online
Decorating Centre Online offers a good range of interior and exterior paints, however, they have temporarily suspended all new orders until early May.
A website message reads: ‘We have reached our current order capacity and new orders are temporarily suspended. We will re-open for new orders on Monday 4th May. We do apologise for the limited opening period, but we are taking as many orders as we can possibly manage.’
Crown Paints had to suspended orders due to unprecedented demand, and although they are now back up and running, you can no longer order from them directly online. Crown are now only taking direct telephone and email orders via their new Crown Order Hub. This means you can order paint using their free delivery and collection service through Crown’s regional order hubs across the UK. You can browse locations here.
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