Can You Use Bathroom Paint in the Kitchen?

If you’ve just given your bathroom a new lick of paint, you might be wondering whether you can use the leftover bathroom paint to paint the kitchen and truth be told, we’ve had plenty of people ask us this question personally. With that in mind we thought we’d create this handy guide to answer that question and give you some more knowledge about what makes a great kitchen or bathroom paint.

Can you use bathroom paint in the kitchen?

Bathroom paints these days tend to have a slight sheen to them so whilst you can use bathroom paint in the kitchen, you’re better off going for a scrubbable matt paint which avoids grease and stains whilst overall looks much better.

What are the differences between kitchen paint and bathroom paint?

The bathroom and the kitchen are two entirely different environments and as such need paints with different properties.

For example, if you are painting your bathroom walls and ceilings, you need to keep in mind that the bathroom will contain lots of moisture. So therefore, it would be better to go for a paint that is resistant to mould and condensation which are common problems you’ll find in the bathroom, especially if the wrong paint has been applied.

On the other hand, the kitchen is an environment where you can expect to find lots of food stains and grease, especially if you have little ones running around causing chaos! Therefore the wise choice would be using a matte paint that is scrubbable or wipeable. This means that any grease or food stains on the walls can be easily removed without causing damage to the paint.

You’ll also need to keep in mind sheen level. As bathroom paints need to be slightly more durable than kitchen paints, they will typically have a bit more of a sheen to them. The higher the sheen level, the worse the paint is at hiding any imperfections on your walls and ceilings. Whilst this isn’t necessarily an issue in the bathroom, you’ll definitely want your kitchen to look much better so a flatter finish is advised.