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Anyone who has been toying with the idea of doing some decorating while on lockdown will probably be aware that paint suppliers and retailers have also been impacted.
Not only are more people clambering for paint pots than normal (turns out that the yellow shade we painted our dining room doesn’t seem as good a choice now we’re sitting in it for up to twelve hours a day), the supply of paint has dwindled, meaning that trying to get your hands on some can feel tricky.
However, we didn’t want to give up that easily, because being in quarantine is perhaps one of the only times where we will be able to finally make those interior changes that we’ve been talking about for so long.
So, we scoured the internet to find the retailers that are still stocking and delivering paint, as well as who have a range of colours.
The only thing to think about now is whether a bold-coloured feature wall in your living room will feel like such a good idea in a few months times.
Where to buy paint online
Amazon | Shop here
Amazon sell no less than 51 different brands of paint, from Able & Handy to Dulux and Farrow & Ball, and offer all sorts of delivery options.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member you could have your DIY pot the very next day.
John Lewis & Partners | Shop here
Despite being a large retailer, John Lewis currently only stocks two paint brands: The Little Greene Paint Company and Designers Guild.
They do however have a wide range of colours in stock and you can still buy a tester just to make sure it’s the colour you want before you invest in a full pot.
There are no collection options available but UK delivery will be within 3 days.
B&Q | Shop here
With a wide range of paint, stains, varnishes and wood treatments still available at B&Q, you’re likely to find everything you need to get the job done.
Though paint sells out rather quickly on the website, the company are working hard to keep restocking.
Graham Bell, B&Q's CEO, said in a recent statement: “We are working on our home delivery service to enable us to provide a fuller product range.”
Home delivery is unavailable at the moment but Next Day Click + Collect and Contact-Free Collection can be arranged online.
Very | Shop here
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.
Best of all, they are still offering home delivery and also offering a ‘buy now, pay later’ payment plan.
Designer Paint | Shop here
With an impressively wide range of paint colours and brands, including Dulux’s Heritage Colours, Little Greene’s and Farrow & Ball, prices range from £14 to £74.
They are still offering standard UK delivery, though you can no longer collect in-store or organise next day delivery.
Argos | Shop here
Argos stocks two paint brands – Johnstone's and Rust-Oleum (furniture paint).
Although there's not a huge choice of paint brands, the plus-side is that all paint products are in stock and available for home delivery.
Homebase | Shop here
You can still buy paint online at Homebase – and there’s a good range available too, though some paints are excluded.
Homebase's own-brand emulsion paint seems to be in good supply and there's currently a 3 for 2 offer to take advantage of as well.
If you’re looking for designer ranges, then Homebase also currently stock a good selection of paints to buy from Crown, Farrow & Ball and Dulux.
Delivery currently can take up to 30 days and Click & Collect is not currently available.
Wilko | Shop here
Although Wilko's stores and website remain open, a website message reads: “Sorry, our paint is currently unavailable, but we're working hard to replenish stock as quickly as we can. Check back soon for updates.”
For the time being, the only solution is to see what paints are available in Wilko's stores.
Wickes | Shop here
Wickes is still selling paint online, though depending what time you visit the website, you may encounter a queuing system which requires you to wait before being allowed to browse
The wait is worth it though as once you can get onto the website, most paints are in stock and available for home delivery.
Plus, Wickes are currently offering a 2 for £20 mix & match deal.
Their range includes interior wall & ceiling paint, furniture & cupboard paint, and undercoats and primers.
While brands stocked include Dulux, Sandtex, Ronseal, and Wickes' own-brand paint.
Farrow & Ball | Shop here
F&B have made quite a name for themselves in the world of paint and are the brand favoured by lots of top interior designers.
Luckily, you can still order from them online, though their showrooms have closed for the time being.
It is worth noting that you may have to wait a little longer for delivery than normal.
Farrow & Ball’s website states: “Our website and online ordering system are operating with extended lead times of approximately 14-21 days as our delivery and Customer Services team are currently experiencing very high levels of demand.”