“ Wilkinson's Own Brand paint is a cheaper alternative to the high profile competitors. Whilst it covers well for the price, it is noticeably thinner than more costly options, so will therefore require more coats. „
Actually very good coverage. Cream over grey, 2 coats, sorted. And we're pretty picky.
Recently my husband and I have painted our 'box room' to make it into a nursery. I really dislike disruption in the house, whenever we have had paint work done or new furniture constructed I always get really stressed out as the house is turned into a chaotic zone so a priority for me is to get the work done as quickly as possible so calm can return again! This paint didn't lead to calm being brought about quickly thanks to how long it took us to actually paint with it.
=== Why we chose this ===
Our spare bedroom is tiny and was just painted in cream but we wanted to brighten the room up for when baby number 2 comes along. I love the idea of creating a perfect looking nursery but I really dislike the idea of having to move furniture out and have a few days of chaos in the process. We currently have very little money and so couldn't justify using Dulux (nearly put Durex then now that would've saved us a lot more!!) or other main brands so we took a trip to Wilkinson's to buy a cheaper alternative. I always like to shop in Wilkos as you can get some really good products for less than other places so I thought buying paint from them would be fine too. When we were there we were pleased to see they had an offer on of 2 cans of paint for £20. There was quite a variety to choose from and we went for a bright yellow which was called 'Happy Yellow'. I thought it was a nice name and also a good neutral colour to go for. It did look brighter than the usual lemon you may see in a nursery so we thought it was a nice choice. We bought the two cans and were excited to get home to get creating the nursery!
=== Painting ===
The can says that you only need one coat. I thought this would be ideal considering how much I hate disruption in the house so thought a quick coat of paint and then we could move on to something else but of course in reality that didn't happen! We used rollers and paint brushes to apply the paint. It seemed thicker than other paints I've used before (i haven't used many I will admit I'm certainly no expert!) and I hoped that this would mean it would only need one coat. It was easy enough to apply using a roller but because it is so thick it was so hard to use the paint brush with it without leaving brush marks in it. After we had painted one coat we stood back and it looked very blotchy in places. We decided to leave it over night and then see what it was like in the morning. I really hoped that whilst we were sleeping it would somehow change and the streaks and blotches will have somehow gone and left us with a room that was finished! I wasn't impressed in the morning as it still looked the same and you could see some areas where more paint had gone on than others and it definitely didn't look finished. I was so disappointed. I do appreciate that perhaps if it had gone on a dark surface it may need more than one coat but this had only gone onto cream. It was very disappointing. We gave it another coat and it definitely improved it, we had to leave it over night again to make sure that it had definitely dried before we decided if it needed a third coat. Luckily the second coat was enough and we were happy to leave it at that.
=== Finished effect ===
We went for a mat finish and I can see some little brush strokes around the light switches and in the corners which is disappointing, maybe it was because the paint was too thick or maybe we could improve that with better paint brushes I'm not too sure but it isn't really a big deal, we can forget about that! The second coat of paint worked really well, there are no streaks and blotches now so it's a nice smooth looking wall. The colour of the paint is very bright and I'm pleased with it because it is a nice, bright, cheerful colour, the name of the product being 'happy yellow' is really appropriate as it's just so nice it makes you smile! It is a very bold colour and the room is only small so we did only paint two walls with it, I think it is too strong a colour to use all over such a small room it just wouldn't look right. I like the finished effect and it's good to see that the paint dried the colour I was hoping for.
=== Conclusion ===
This is a really nice bright paint to have on your walls which will be cheerful so the name is really appropriate. We were very disappointed, however, that the walls needed two coats of paint and not one. I don't know why the can bothers to say it only takes one coat considering it really did need the two. It was really thick too compared to others which made it a bit harder to move around the wall. I think for the price I find it hard to complain as I suppose you do get value for money and I guess just having it take longer isn't too much of a problem just a little disappointing. I think we will try to buy branded products in future and just look out for them when they are on sale but if I had to I wouldn't be completely against using this brand again, it just takes more time really.
I admit to being a bit of a snob when it comes to paint, in the past i have always used Farrow&Ball believing the depth of color and coverage to the best. However recently we re-decorated our living room and i was looking for a subtle but striking shade of grey, i tried every tester pot under the sun, dulux, farrow and ball, crown, but nothing was quite right, mainly none of the shades had the effect i was after often the colour was too flat and depressing. Having a wilkinsons locally to me i decided i had nothing to lose by trying mineral stone, a grey colour that looked really good in the pot - i didn't think for a minute id use it!
When i got home i applied most of the tester pot to the walls, I was surprised at the quality and depth of colour. I still refused to believe it was the right paint so continued to try other testers but was drawn back to the wilko one every time. Eventually I took the plunge and painted the living room in Mineral Grey, it is a fantastic colour and the coverage and consistency is great, the colour looks classy and warm and we have had loads of compliments from people, they are always shocked when i tell them its wilko paint!
I am now doing my bathroom up and thinking the front room paint was a fluke i again tried lots of other brand paints but couldn't find the right colour, once again Wilkinson's Blue Sky looks great, so i will be going with it. In future it will be Wilkinson's paint i try first before wasting money on expensive tester pots.!
~ Wilkinsons Paints ~
After moving house last year we had an awful amount of decorting to do as the previous tennants of this house seemed to love mud coloured brown for all of the walls in the house! I didn't like this colour though so I wanted to decorate as much as I could before my little boy was due which gave me roughly 4 weeks!
I bought paint from both Wilkinsons and B&Q at the time so I will compare the differences between the two paints and as I have a bit of a decorating obsession I feel I am able to review the paints quite well.
Wilkinsons have a good range of paint available and these are ~
Wilko Statement Emulsion Paint, these are all available in Matt only and the colours available are -
These paints come in a small 1.25ltr tin and cost £9.67 each.
Don't be put off by the small tin as the paint is of a really good quality and a little does go a long way. These paints are meant for a feature wall really and I have used the Vamp colour which is a deep purple on one wall in my utility room. I have painted the other walls white and they go really well together. I find the Statement paint is hard wearing and it looks great.
Some of the names speak for themselves really in ways of colour but for the less obvious here they are.
Vamp - Deep purple, Urban Jungle - Green, Java Bean - Deep, dark brown, Flintstone- Grey.
They also have the Colour Blast Emulsion Paint. I really like these. They state to be a matt paint, however as it is 10x more durable than normal matt emulsion I find that it does actually have a mid sheen to it. It's really nice to use and covers brilliantly. I have used this in my bathroom and in both boys bedrooms. It is available in 15 different colours and costs £15.97 for a 2.5ltr. The colours available are ~
Bermuda - Blue
Electric - Blue
Bumble Bee - Yellow
Hot Gossip - Pink
Supernova - Black
Jelly Bean - Orange
Touch of Silver - Grey
Big Apple - Red
Purple Haze - Purple
Ocean View - Blue
Minted - Blue
Envy - Green
Tropics - Green
Wizard - Purple
Zesty - Green
I have recently re-decorated my boys bedrooms and in the one I have used Jelly Bean on one wall, which as you can see above this is an orange colour and it looks very funky. It covered a green paint brilliantly with two coats. It dries very quickly which I found brilliant as I needed the rooms ready for bedtime!
In the other room I used Minted which is a slightly turquoise blue colour, think tropical swimming pools or something similar and thats it. I adore this colour and used it on two walls in my eldest boys bedroom. It covered over white with two coats and looks fab.
It washable which is great where my children are concerned!
In my bathroom I have used a purple shade although this is no longer available. But again it's hard wearing and looks nice.
The colours are really bright and vibrant.
They have Wilko Matt Emulsion Paint available too. There are too many colours available for me to list but I can vouch for them and I have to say I much prefer the Wilko Matt emulsion to the B&Q matt.
I recently redecorated my living room and where I had previously used a pink matt paint from B&Q I repainted it in Chartreuse which is a light yet vibrant green shade. It covered over the previous pink paint extremely well and was done in two coats and unlike the pink paint this hasn't cracked or crazed anywhere.
The colours in this range are quite extensive and range from light colours to darker colours and pales to brights.
The prices for this paint are ~
75ml Tester pot - £1.00
2.5ltr Tub - £13.47
5ltr Tub - £21.47
Then theres Wilko Silk Emulsion Paint. Again they have a good colour choice available, too many to list anyway and the prices are the same as the Matt range.
I have mostly used the neutral colours in this range so the more creamy based colours or white and I have to say I am impressed with these too as I have been the others. They give great coverage and dry impecably quickly.
They have Wilko Durable, Wilko One Coat, Wilko Kitchen & Bathroom, Wilko Interior & Exterior Gloss and also Wilko Specialist paint.
I have used the One Coat and Kitchen & Bathroom in the past as well as the White Satin for wood work and I have always been impressed with it. I have never had a bad experience when used any paint bought from Wilkos and I will continue to use the paint they offer for any decorating I decide to do.
I have found it perform so much better than B&Q paints and it is also cheaper.
The ranges of paint available as well as the colour range is quite extensive as you can see so I am sure you will find something suitable for you.
Another good thing is that the emulsions are very easy to wash off the equipment you are using, brushes and rollers for instance.
I have also used the Wilko Everyday Value range paint that they do, this is available in magnolia or white and comes in either a 2.5ltr tub or a 5ltr tub. The cost is £4.50 for the smaller and £6.00 for the larger tub. I used these as an undercoat really to try and get rid of the brown paint that was everywhere rather than spending loads on more expensive paint. I will say that although this paint is quite thin and a bit watery it did do a brilliant job in covering the brown paint, but it did take a good four coats of this to get it covered enough to be able to just get on with decorating. I have only used it in the white so can't really pass comment on the magnolia but I would expect this to be pretty much the same quality.
Oh forgot to add -
These paints can be purchased in Wilko Stores nationwide and also online at www.wilkinsonplus.com. There is a delivery charge if you want it delivered to your home address or you can have it delivered to store for free.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I bought some Wilkinson's emulsion to cover a fairly large room which was already painted with magnolia coloured paint ie not very dark paint. I am having to go over 3 to 4 times as the old paint is clearly visible. The paint is cheap rubbish and if I had chosen a slightly more expensive paint I would not have triplicated my work and needed to buy another tin of the stuff! I have spent a lot more in the long run and it is infuriating!
Definitely a lesson learnt here! Never going to get their paint again.
Waste of time and money!
I definitely would not recommend this to a friend, in fact I have already told anyone who will listen how awful it is! I am mid painting job so am feeling this all very keenly at the moment! Hopfully when it is over I will be able to reflect on this as just a silly mistake on my part!
My fiancé and I have recently taken on a renovation project which has kept us busy most weekends doing DIY projects. He does the difficult stuff (plumbing, fitting kitchens etc) whilst I focus mainly on decorating and finishing touches. As a general rule I try to avoid own-brand paints because I tend to find they cause more work than other paints, and you usually end up doing an extra coat than you would with branded paint, which not only takes extra time but probably ends up costing the same because you're using more paint!
When we decorated our bathroom, however, we went a bit bold on colour and had a patterned purple wallpaper on a feature wall (looks better than it sounds) and decided to paint the other walls purple. This was to contrast with dark wood so we wanted a fairly dark shade. We were in Wilkinsons one weekend stocking up on general DIY equipment (paintbrushes, rollers, grout etc), and I spotted the Wilkinsons own brand paint in 'Grape'. Compared to the branded paints on the shelf next to it, it was considerably cheaper. I can't remember the exact price but think it was around £12 for 2.5 litres compared to say £20 for Dulux. I'd never tried Wilkinsons own brand paint before though, and as I really liked the colour and we were after a specific colour we couldn't see in the other ranges, we decided to take our chance and if it needed an extra coat we would be willing to do it.
The walls in the bathroom had been freshly plastered and sealed with white paint. I started putting the Wilkinsons paint on, and was pleasantly surprised that the white was barely showing through. The paint is good quality and thick, not like some non-branded paints which are thin and watery. Once I'd finished painting the room, there were only a few places that needed touching up where the white was showing through, so I just ran over it all again with the roller. This was less time consuming than having to do all the edging again and a full second coat. I was pleased about this because the colour was so dark I would have expected to do a second coat even if I'd used branded paint.
People often compliment us on the vibrant colour of our bathroom, and I always take great pleasure in telling them "It was Wilkinsons paint you know!". I would definitely recommend Wilkinsons own brand paint because not only will you save a fortune, you'll get quality results with it.
Failing to locate Dulux gloss in our local store and having no other shops in the town that sold paints, they are all in the out of town stores now, I For a one coat none drip gloss paint it fails misserably in every aspect, with the added bonus of having the stink lingering for days and days afterwards, back to Dulux for me too, a far superior brand, well worth the little extra
I have to say that I'm really surprised about all the poor reviews of Wilkinson's own brand paint on here; however they are all quite old so it's possible they've made some big changes to their paint range since then.
The first time I tried this paint I bought Wilkinson's Bathroom paint in a soft shade of pale blue. The reason I ended up choosing this one was because my bathroom had previously been painted with regular paint and it was flaking off and cracking. Unfortunately the Dulux equivalent wasn't available in the colour and finish I wanted, so I bought Wilko's own brand instead. It's currently showing on the Wikinson's website as only being £2 cheaper from Dulux (£15 for 2.5l vs £17), but when I bought it in store a couple of years ago it was at least £5 cheaper.
I was impressed with the quality of it; it lasted well, had a nice finish and wasn't too drippy. The consistency was good and I don't think anyone would be able to spot the difference between Wilko's and Dulux from seeing it either in the tin or on the wall. Two years later I haven't had to repaint the bathroom at all; any marks on the walls wipe off easily with a damp sponge. It's also survived my housemate having an hour-long shower with the window closed practically every day - and it's been unaffected by condensation, which is more than I can say for my poor wooden window frame.
My next buy of this paint was more recent as I decided to purchase a light creamy/magnolia colour ('Crushed Almond') to repaint my living room and stairs. My boyfriend accidentally bought two tins of the same colour paint in slightly different finishes, but again they were good quality and have made the walls look fresh.
Unfortunately they haven't remained as pristine as the bathroom walls, but this is more to do with the lighter colour of the paint and the finish rather than any fundamental problem with the paint itself. It works well with both roller and paint brush as long as you remember to give it a good stir, and was considerably cheaper than the Dulux version.
I've also bought Wilko's own brand gloss paint for my windowsills which is pretty good although perhaps not quite as good as Dulux, and their fence paint which has lasted extremely well and is only now just starting to fade a little after about four years.
Wilkinson's stock a pretty big range of paints, stains and care treatments both online and in their stores. They always seem to have the colour I want, and as they have many different kinds of paints including matt, gloss, moisture-resistant, satin, stain, varnish and much more, they are definitely worth considering. Recently I have been looking into decking stains for my garden and Wilkinson's not only stock the perfect colour but it's £10 cheaper than the Dulux version. For big jobs I would recommend comparing them to trade stockists and bigger buckets which may start to work out cheaper, but for around the home and garden I find them difficult to fault.
Disadvantages? There aren't many sizes to choose from and some of the prices could be a bit more competitive, but overall it's a highly recommended from me.
When I moved into my house 3 years ago, I decided I wanted the whole place painted white - to complement my minimalist style. It was going to take a LOT of paint, being a 3 storey, 4 bedroom house, & we figured if we were to use the big name brands such as Dulux or Crown, it was going to cost a LOT of money....
So, we decided to risk using Wilko paint. After all, it had been very well received in a test carried out in a well-known home & garden magazine, & we were only using white paint, so didn't need to worry about the range of colours available or how even the colour would be.
Having used 'one-coat' products previously, I had been less than impressed - I usually find that 2 coats are needed anyway, so I figured I may aswell buy a cheaper option which would most definitely need the 2 coats & save my money.
I bought & used Wilko's 'Matt White Emulsion'. At the time of purchase I believe the 5 litre tins were on special offer at 2 for £10, which was a bargain. The paint went on well - it was not too runny, nor was it too thick to be spread evenly & effectively. One coat would nearly have been enough (in fact I could have probably got away with it, since I was painting over magnolia), but I gave the entire house 2 coats for good measure. In all, I bought 6 5 litre cans, & still had some left over.
I do find that the paint can be rubbed off when wiping marks off the walls, but I did use matt emulsion, so some ease of wear is to be expected. I even used the matt paint in the bathrooms & have had no problems with it.
I would definitely recommend the Wilko paint range for basic paints...obviously I can't comment on the coloured paints, but if it's white you're after, then save your money!
Current prices (@ Oct 09) are: 2.5 litre white emulsion - £4.98, & 7.5 litre white emulsion - £9.98.
It's very tempting to go for Wilkinson own-brand paint as it's so much cheaper than the big-name varieties like Dulux. Experience over the years though has made me realise that it's cheap for a reason: Wilkinson paint is regularly so thin that you need many coats to get an even finish, so that not only are the dearer brands not actually that much dearer because you don't need so much, but it's sometimes worth paying a little bit extra to save yourself some time & hassle.
Having just used some Wilkinson gloss that was almost as runny as milk & dripped everywhere, & some Wlikinson radiator paint that was a similar consistency with disappointing streaky results, I was all set to give them a terrible review.
But then yesterday I used some of their blue gloss that went on beautifully, looks fantastic & is hard as nails. This was shortly followed by blue emulsion on the walls (the colour is 'surf'); I was painting over purple & dark pink walls & fully expected to need four or five coats, but this was as thick & smooth as a quality paint, & after only three coats the effect is smooth & professional (if I do say so myself!).
I'm so impressed that I'm prepared to give Wilko emulsion another try. I'd definitely give the radiator paint a miss unless they significantly improved it, & probably the same with the gloss. I'm doing the bathroom next with anti-condensation paint & then regular matt emulsion. Wish me luck!
I brought a tin of wilkinsons own brand paint to paint my kitchen, i chose this because it was cheaper than alternative brands at just £7.99 for a 5 liter tin, B&Q charge £9.99 for a 2.5 liter tin so i made a conciderable saving.
When i first opened the tin it looked a bit watery but after stiring it up it looked just the same as all other paints. My kitchen is aliglipter paper at the top and tiles at the bottom so i only had to paint half the room. I started at the top of the wall by the ceiling and worked my way down, this paint went on to my walls lovely and smooth, it took 2 coats to cover properly which i was a bit disapointed about as i was using a blue paint onto white paper so expected it to cover in one coat but after the second coat it looked lovely.
I dont do much cooking so it was about 2 weeks later when i first used my cooker again so that had given the paint more than long enough to have dryed but as my pasta boiled away on the hob the paint above the hob started to run down the walls like water and go all over my tiles leaving me with a very light covering of patchy paint above my cooker. i was not impreses with this.
I know B&Q do a kitchen and bathroom paint designed to be washable but i had always used ordinary emultion in my kitchen untill now with no problems, i had to buy a tub of B&Q paint and start all over again.
I thought i was saving money by buying wilkos paint but it ended up being a waste of money and time.
When I decorated my bathroom and bedroom last month I was suprised how expensive emulsion paint is. I didn't want to spend £18 - £20 on Dulux paint so thought I would try paint from Wilkinsons.
I brought a 5 liter tin of lilac paint and another 5 liter tin of magnolia paint. They cost £7.50 for each tin and because my rooms are so small one tin of each would do both rooms.
I think the paint brushes onto the wall very well and it is easy to see what area of the wall you have already painted . The paint is a bit thinner than Dulux paint and drips more but if you are careful then this shouldn't be a problem for you. When I used the paint roller it didn't drip at all. i was painting over white walls but I still had to use 2 coats in the bedroom and 3 to cover my bathroom wall properly. I don't think it would be worth you trying to use this Wilkinson paint if you was trying to paint over a dark colour like blue or purple because you would need so many coats.
I don't think the colour of the paint when it is on the wall is as nice as it looked in the tin because even after 2 coats the colour looks washy on the wall and is a bit patchy even though I am experienced at painting. I should have brought a little tester pot before I brought the big tin and then I might not have tried saving money by scrimmping on a cheap paint.