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Kent Blaxill & Co Ltd

Kent Blaxill is one of the largest and oldest independent Builders Merchants in East Anglia, so you can be assured of a wide range of quality products at keen prices provided with a highly responsive service.

Our History

The Kent Blaxill story began in Colchester High Street on March 24th 1838, when John Kent celebrated his 33rd birthday by opening an oil and colour shop. His son in-law Edwin Blaxill joined him in a partnership in 1868 and Kent & Blaxill was born.
Since then our family owned firm has expanded across Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and South Leicestershire with a total of 15 branches. Our branch relocated to a purpose built site at Layer Road in 1963 where we offer large stocks of Building, Timber & Plumbing Materials and Tools, Paint & Decorating supplies, Landscaping displays and products and a luxurious Kitchen and Bathroom showroom.
The current managing director Simon Blaxill, representing the sixth generation of the founding families, took over from his father in 1989. His tenure has seen the branch network grow from eight to sixteen branches.

Protective Coatings

Kent Blaxill have over 180 years’ experience in providing a range of paint coatings to suit all requirements. Whether it’s factory maintenance, roof refurbishment, fire protection, steel fabrication, or anti-bacterial and food safe requirements, Kent Blaxill have the solution.
We have a large decorating centre network as well as a dedicated specialist coatings manager who can provide technical advice, specifications and free site visits to provide the correct recommendation for your project. The solution can be tailored to specifically meet your requirements and budget.
Kent Blaxill can recommend approved contractors and product applicators to carry out any type of specialist painting work. There are painting systems available for certain applications, such as roofs and metal work, where a 10 or 15 year warranty can be achieved. Kent Blaxill can also recommend preparation companies for blast tracking of floors, grit blasting of walls and metal as well as other types of surface preparation.
We deal with the UK's leading manufacturing companies for specialist protective coatings: Blackfriar, Bollom, Coo-Var, Dacrylate, Envirograf, Firetex, Glixtone, Jotun, Keim, Magic Bullet, Nullifire, Rust-Oleum, Sherwin Williams, Teamac, Tikkurila, Thermogard, Zeroflame and Zinsser
Danielle Fogarty-Emerson is our dedicated protective coatings specialist at Kent Blaxill, please contact her for technical advice, site visits or any other specialist coatings related enquiry on 07535 857433.

You can also contact your local branch for assistance – find their information and more details in our Protective & Specialist Coatings Guide below.

General decorating

  • Kent Blaxill are the East of England’s premier family owned decorators merchant.
  • Large stocks of trusted trade brands from Dulux Trade, Crown Trade, Tikkurila, Sandtex Trade and Armstead.
  • Designer paints from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint Library, Mylands and Sandersons.
  • Full range of designer wallpaper collections.
  • Colour matching and mixing service - 1000's of colours available
  • Woodstains and preservers from Sadolin, Cuprinol, Ronseal and Sikkens
  • Other great brands include; Osmo, Blackfriar, Zinsser, Rust-oleum, Bedec, Liberon, Solignum and Hammerite
  • A complete range of decorators' sundry items including Hamilton and Purdy painting tools, Geocel and Gorilla sealants, Toupret fillers and extensive stocks of caulks.
  • Delivery service available - contact your local branch for details.
  • Designer Paint

    Welcome to the home of colour!
    Kent Blaxill has served the Colchester area since 1838, when it was founded as an oil and glass business on the town’s High street. Since then, our family owned firm has expanded across 16 sites across East Anglia, offering quality paint and wallpaper and much, much more.
    Within the branches we have a designated area for designer paints and wallpapers creating a bespoke destination for customers to come and choose their paint colour.
    We are Premium stockists of Farrow and Ball, Little Greene, Paint and Paper Library, Mylands, Earthborn, Zoffany, Sanderson and Designers Guild.
    Call in to your local branch to pick up the latest colour charts and get expert advice from our knowledgeable staff.
    A warm welcome awaits you!

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    If you have any queries or would like to find out more please get in touch. 01603 881881Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5BZ
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