Painting Interior Doors

How to set up and execute a door painting project

There are many ways to spruce up the interior décor of a home. However, some home projects just take too much time. They also tend to require many resources that often add up to more than what we thought we would spend. An easy and efficient way to give your interior a drastic change is painting interior doors. You’ll be surprised at the difference a simple paint color can make when it comes to transforming a space.

 

Preparation

 

First, pick the door in your home that is to be painted. Once you’ve decided on one, you’ll need to check if the door is in condition to be painted over. If the door currently uses a water base, then there’s a good chance you’ll be able to just paint over it with your new color. When the door has primed paint on it, you will need to purchase some primer to cover that layer of paint first before you apply the final color. 

 

If you’re repainting an older door, there are a couple of extra steps you’ll need to take. If the door has wide cracks or imperfections, make sure to fill them in with wood filler. Once filled, sand the door down so the surface is smooth and level with the rest of the door. If the door is older than the ’80s and has paint on it, we recommend purchasing a lead-test kit before sanding down or doing any work on it. Back before the ’80s, lead was used to paint the interior of homes and their doors. This lead-paint in homes ended up being poisonous to humans and is no longer used in paint today. If your door ends up testing negative for lead, then sand and prep away. If it doesn’t, we recommend calling in the pros and letting them handle it.

 

Design and Style

 

Once your door is prepped, then you are ready to choose a style and paint over it. Before deciding on a style and color, consider where the door is and the main design structure of the space around it. Think about the 60-30-10 rule of design. This rule says that 60 percent of the color in a space should be the base color, 30 percent should be the complementary or secondary color, and that 10 percent should be the room’s accent. When studying the space around the door, see in which category the door fits best. If the whole room and furniture are white, then you might choose a different color than white for the door.

 

If the room has a good base and secondary color, the door could be a good accent for the room. However, don’t let it be the only accent piece in the room. If you decide on having the door be a different color than everything else in the room, consider adding some vases or towels of the same color after painting. This will balance out the color distribution in the room.

 

Painting the Door

 

To begin, we recommend detaching the door from its hinging before you start painting. It’s also much easier to remove the doorknobs and handles to paint the door rather than try to tape them up and paint around them. 

 

As you may have noticed, not all doors are designed the same, and the way a door is painted is essential. Most usually have four small, square panels with two long rectangular ones between them. If you take a close look, you’ll notice that the top and bottom sections of these doors have grooves that run horizontally, while the center sections run vertically. We recommend brushing and stroking the same way that these grooves run. Trying to paint up and down on sections that run horizontally will end in nasty looking brush strokes on the door. As with any painting project, make sure the door is completely dry before adding a second coat of paint or turning it over to paint the other side. The result should be a smooth, clean, and eye-catching door that provides a refreshing look for your living space. 

 

We Want to Help!

 

As simple as painting interior doors yourself may be, sometimes we still need help. If at any point you are unsure about what to do or how to proceed forward, give us a call! We specialize in interior and exterior paint projects of all kinds. We help with color selection, paint preparation, and project execution to help customers create their dream spaces. 

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