Where to buy paint online during the coronavirus lockdown

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Photo credit: Vera Livchak  - Getty Images
Photo credit: Vera Livchak - Getty Images

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and self-isolation continues at home, a lot of us are looking to update our space as we embark on some painting and decorating projects.

On Monday 4th January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown in England to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The majority of shops have closed again, 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

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.

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Photo credit: Designer Paint

Wickes

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.

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I Love Wallpaper

I Love Wallpaper has restocked its paint selection after selling out due to high demand since the first lockdown in March. 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.

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Dulux

Dulux had to temporarily suspended its website for all new orders in April last year, but customers can continue to shop as normal. It's worth knowing that it may take longer than usual to process your order.

'Due to exceptional demand and operational safety measures, orders may take longer to fulfil than our usual timescale. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this,' says the team online.

For more product availability, check Dulux's local stockists to enquire about delivery.

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Photo credit: Dulux

Amazon

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.

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eBay

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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John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis stocks two paint brands – The Little Greene Paint Company and Designers Guild. With a good range in stock, both testers and full pots are available to buy.

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Photo credit: John Lewis & Partners

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.

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B&Q

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.

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Homebase

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.

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Wilko

Wilko's stores and website remains open, however, you can also find paint to purchase online. There's textured paint, cupboard paint, chalk paint, matte paint and outdoor paint, too.

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Very

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.

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Argos

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.

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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.

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Photo credit: Fenwick & Tilbrook

Paint The Town Green

Paint The Town Green offers environmentally friendly paint with 42 different shades. Whilst their showroom is closed, 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: hellodecorating@paintthetowngreen.co.uk.

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Photo credit: Paint The Town Green

Vintro Paint

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.

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Photo credit: Vintro Paint

M&L Paints

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.

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Photo credit: M&L Paints

Lick Home

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.

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Photo credit: Lick Home


Mylands

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.

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Annie Sloan

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: 'Please note we are experiencing a high volume of email enquiries, orders and phone calls so there may be a delay in getting back to you should you wish to get in further contact.'

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Photo credit: Annie Sloan

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.

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Photo credit: Dowsing & Reynolds

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: 'Delivery times may be longer than usual and vary based on your location. We appreciate your patience while we work hard to get everyone's orders where they need to be.'

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Photo credit: Farrow & Ball

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.

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Celtic Sustainables

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.

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Photo credit: Celtic Sustainables

Lakeland Paints

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.

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Photo credit: Lakeland Paints

Little Greene

You can still buy paint from Little Greene, with a good range in stock. Expect delivery within 8 days.

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Photo credit: Little Greene

Screwfix

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.

For regular updates, keep an eye open on their website.

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Decorating Centre Online

Decorating Centre Online offers a good range of interior and exterior paints. While they had to temporarily suspend orders in May last year, their website is fully-stocked and taking orders again.

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Photo credit: Decorating Centre Online

Crown

Crown Paints had to suspended orders due to unprecedented demand. A note on their website says: 'Due to demand our online store is currently closed but will be returning in the near future. You can still shop in-store at many of our official stockists. To find your nearest local stockist, please click here.'

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Photo credit: Crown

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