Painting Doors

I’ve been trying to paint doors throughout the house and had a few requests for tips. So here we go.

First, gather your supplies:

  • Drop Cloth
  • Paint
  • Paint tray
  • Stir Stick
  • Green tape
  • Small roller
  • Paint brush
  • Pour spout
  • Paint can opener & brush holder

Those last two are optional but really help when you want to put paint in the tray without making a mess and keep your brush clean.

Best idea is to open the door and lay down the drop cloth to catch any drips. Use the painters tape to cover the hinges and door handle:

I always use a cleaner to wipe down the door, most of the time TSP is best for walls but if you’re out wet a cloth and wipe down the area to be painted.

At this point you may want to sequester any animals in another room as every time I paint my dogs end up with white noses and streaks in their fur. I use a baby gate in the hallway so they can see me but not touch the wet paint.

Next, you’ll want to use the roller to do a first, thin coat over the entire door:

It might seem thick, but once the paint dries and you add a second coat you’ll see how well it covers:

Make sure it dries completely between coats! I typically work on 3 doors at once so I can prevent the paint in the tray from drying up and wait for the first door to dry. It’s worse if it’s mostly dry, or tacky, because the paint will not cover evenly.

If you’ve covered the brackets with painters tape you can do the inside as well (you can see in this pic the last owners just slapped paint everywhere and didn’t know how to paint):

Just run your roller down the inside here up to the brackets – usually two thin coats will be fine.

If you’re like me and have half painted brackets and door knobs I’ve found the best way to deal with it is using a flat head screwdriver to scrape off the paint.

When you have 2 coats of paint on the door, remove the painters tape while the paint is still wet. If paint is on the tape and dries, when the tape is removed the paint will peel off of the door as well. But if you pull off the tape while the paint is wet it will create a clean line. And if any remains on the bracket or door knob you can scrape it off later.

And that’s it! In a few hours you can go from this:

to this:

I probably have one more coat to do on this door because I found a few places where the paint is uneven.


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