How to paint different surfaces with Painthouse paint

23 August 2018

Painthouse paint is a water-based, flat matt, interior paint that works on walls, ceilings and wood. Yep – that's right – no more confusion or procrastinating over different finishes for your walls and woodwork. Brilliant.

Maybe you want to paint your built-in wardrobes the same colour as the adjoining walls for a seamless look, or maybe you want to paint your bannisters the same colour as the landing wall. Maybe you just fancy trying that colour you love on various different things around your house because you can't get enough of it; walls, ceiling, chest of drawers, skirting, kitchen cupboards, photo frames – you get the picture.

But what you might want to consider when painting multiple surfaces, is that their condition may have an effect on the final colour and finish. So – here are a few guidelines to getting the perfect finish on different surfaces.


Water based paint gives great coverage on plaster and carries colour pigment really well.

Painthouse paint - including our Fire Retardant range - can be applied over pre-painted or brand-new walls, with no base coat required. A minimum of two coats is recommended. Any wallpaper should be completely stripped and the wall sanded and cleaned. You can read more about How to prepare a room for painting.

Unfinished Wood

When painting unfinished wood, the paint can sometimes be applied without a primer, but it might be worth trying it out on a small patch before committing to the whole project. If you find there is an issue with the paint adhesion (how well it sticks) or if there are dark knots or grain that show through, you can use a primer, a knot sealer or a stain blocker before painting the recommended two coats of paint. For really tough stains we recommend a shellac-based primer.

A primer gives wood a better surface for paint to stick to as well as a smoother overall finish. You can use a multi surface primer, or a wood primer, but you can also thin Painthouse paint with 10% water and use it as a primer. Before you prime, make sure the wood is clean and sand it slightly to open the grain and give the primer something to grab.

If the wood is extremely absorbent however, we recommend using a sealer. The general rule of thumb is to apply two coats of sealer directly onto raw wood. It will protect the wood and create a barrier. Then apply a coat of primer and then your paint.

Pre-painted and stained wood

When painting on to pre-painted wood, especially gloss, mid-sheen or silk finish paint, make sure you clean it first to get rid of any grease, dirt or dust, and then sand it to get rid of any paint flakes and to give it a good base for primer. Again, you can thin Painthouse paint with 10% water to use as a primer.

Whatever you end up painting, the great thing about our flat matt paint is that it has a smooth velvety, non-reflective texture (giving added richness to deeper colours) which doesn't reflect light in the same way that gloss or silk paints do, so it works better at disguising imperfections and uneven surfaces and means colour looks more consistent in changing light.

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