Painting Primed Skirting

Painting Primed Skirting

How to Paint your skirting

Painting Primed Skirting

A splash of paint can do wonders for a room, it can add light or even fresh approach to the place. When we speak about painting the first thing that comes to mind is Walls, but have you ever considered painting your skirting boards? They are often an unappreciated accessory to your home but they provide a hidden purpose.

Did you know that skirting boards?

  • Provide protection to the wall from accidental knocks & wear and tear
  • Hide uneven and rugged floor edges and walls
  • Hide wiring and other eye-sores out of visible sight

When painting skirting boards, there are two factors that must be taken into consideration. One the colour of the paint – for example, how will the colour impact your chosen room what characterises will it play? Two, the type of paint – do you require an oil or water-based product?

Depending on your existing skirting type your paint will differ to make sure both are compatible. Let’s take one of Knowles’ popular choices as an example.

MDF and Traditional Oak widely used in both the private and public sector. The beauty of both material types is their customisable factors. Within your local hardware store, there are now various types of paints available including a range of gloss, satin and matte to compliment your skirting materials construction.

Skirting Boards: Gloss Finish

Let’s begin with the most well-known and traditional finish, Gloss.

What is a gloss finish?

The term gloss finish is used to describe how much light the paint/ stain will reflect. Within the industry, you may have heard this term also referred to as a sheenwood.

Tell me more about is properties?

A Gloss paint finish is often selected due to the properties it bears; it is not only durable but also hardwearing making it the perfect to add to any household. If you are opting for a gloss paint finish, we would recommend you double check the condition of your skirting as the gloss highlights imperfections easily.


We have been manufacturing and supply skirting since 1923, over that time we have built a list of recommendations. One of which is, opt for a water-based gloss for your skirting boards as oil bases gloss discolour faster than that of water-based. Which often means, you’ll have to recoat your skirting on a yearly basis to keep it looking fresh.

Skirting Boards: Satin Finish

What is a satin finish?

The term satin finish is used to describe how much light the paint/ stain will diffuse. Therefore, a satin finish produces a semi-gloss like state (this is not as visible as that of a gloss finish but not as matte as the eggshell finish – which has been explored further down this article).

You may have heard this term also referred to as satinwood.

Tell me more about is properties?

A satin paint finish is often seen as a more modern and contemporary approach, due to its strong presence. As the finish diffuses light, the colour appears more solid as it does not reflect as much light as the gloss paint finish. Therefore, a satin finish gives your skirting boards a cleaner and fresher look which can be easily maintained.


Satin paint is available in a range of bases including oil, water and plastic. We would recommend a plastic-type finish, which is excellent for hiding imperfections of your skirting boards. Therefore, replacing skirting is not required allowing you to complete this transformation using a very little budget.

Skirting Boards: Eggshell finish

What is an eggshell finish?

The term eggshell finish is used to describe the surface type that embodies that of an eggshell texture. An eggshell finish will provide you with a matte finish with very little/ no sheen visibility.

Tell me more about is properties?

Eggshell paint has become increasingly popular over the last few years, especially with the uproar of homeowners wanting to create a ‘shabby-chic’ look.

What is shabby-chic?

“A style of interior decoration that uses furniture and soft furnishings that are or appear to be pleasingly old and slightly worn...” – Referenced from the


Often you will find the use of eggshell finish paint on larger surfaces of the household. This paint finish can often be found on walls and ceilings, but with its great visual presence and properties, this paint can be widely applied to any sector you wish and easily maintained.

In need of some DIY Inspiration? Why not head to our Gallery to see just some of the projects we’ve been a part of. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to contact us or shop our range of Skirting Boards online today at

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