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Choosing the right paint for interior woodwork

If there’s one area of the home that truly benefits from a fresh coat of paint it’s interior woodwork. All those skirting boards, architraves, banisters, doors and window frames are usually subjected to lots of wear and tear – often looking scuffed, bashed and generally dirty or discoloured after a while. Think of these areas as the finishing touches of your décor; a lick of paint here can smarten up your room and bring it back to life.

So what type of paint is best?

Traditionally, oil-based gloss paints were used for interior woodwork, and still are by some. Whilst these types of paints have their benefits (such as a hardwearing finish), they are often full of nasty solvents, are very smelly and can be difficult to apply.

As a result, water-based gloss and eggshell paints (which allow brushes to be washed in water instead of white spirit) have become more commonplace. Even so, most of these water-based alternatives still contain acrylic, which means they do not let the wood breathe. So if you have old beams for example, or even newly installed skirting boards, you might want to consider using a breathable paint for woodwork.

Earthborn Eggshell is oil and acrylic free, meaning your woodwork can breathe. It can help to prevent rot and is ideal if a building has had problems with damp. Likewise it has virtually no smell – so you can use your room almost straight after painting – and it’s especially suitable for those who are susceptible to conventional paint fumes.

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Can I use emulsion on woodwork too?

It’s becoming increasingly popular to use the same paint on wood trims as for walls. This blends the boundary lines and creates unity. Our Claypaint looks great on wood surfaces; in fact our Eco Chic Claypaint is designed for all wooden furniture, so there’s no reason it can’t be used on interior woodwork too. Just bear in mind the amount of traffic an area is likely to receive – because of its ultra flat matt finish, Claypaint is more easily marked than Eggshell. For high traffic areas like skirting boards or door frames, we’d always suggest using our durable Eggshell, which is available in all 72 shades.

How to apply Earthborn Eggshell

As well as being hardwearing and wipeable, one of the best features of our Eggshell is that it doesn’t require a primer. If covering previously painted woodwork, just lightly sand the area before painting, then apply 2-3 coats and you’re done. We’d always recommend using a high quality synthetic bristle brush for the smoothest finish.

If you’re painting onto new wood, dilute the first coat with around 10-20% water (this will act as a primer) followed by 1-2 full coats of paint.

Eggshell can be used on any interior wood surface – from door frames to shelving to kitchen cupboards. It has an attractive soft sheen finish, and as long as the surface is correctly prepared will last a long time.

Ross Trent cabinet maker - cupbaords painted in Earthborn Eggshell St John Ross Trent cabinet maker - cupbaords painted in Earthborn Eggshell St John

Cupboards finished with Earthborn Eggshell in 'St John', a soft white with the palest hint of grey for added depth of colour.