This post is sponsored by HomeRight but all ideas and opinions are my own.
Ever since I took the plunge and painted my interior doors navy about 4 years ago, I have loved having non-white doors! Maybe it is because it is winter or maybe it is the 4 year itch (hey, that could be a thing...), but I decided to change things up and paint my interior doors a dark gray. While it is only the 3rd time I have painted our doors since buying our house 13 years ago, I have helped a lot of people with their homes and have painted a lot of doors. I thought I would share the things I have learned that make it easier. Here are my tips for painting doors!
Every time I get the camera out, Kevin thinks he needs to be in the shot :)
Real quick, let's see a few after shots!
The kitchen door gets the most wear and tear of all our doors. I keep the extra paint on hand in case I need to do touch ups down the road. That and magic erasers help keep it looking good for years!
The other interior doors never need touch ups but I do wipe them down often. Especially the ridge along the bottom. Maybe the dust will blend right in with the new gray color!
The paint color is Astronomical by Behr
Tips For Painting Doors
While I know it is tempting, especially to us "spur of the moment" project people, to just grab a paint brush and start painting, it really is best to take the time to remove the door and remove the hardware. I promise it is much better than trying to tape around the knobs and hope the awkwardly stretched tape doesn't leak and then scraping paint off the door knob when it does.
I leave the hinges attached to the door frame. I put the screws and hardware in a baggie so it all stays together and I don't lose any screws.
I apologize for the next few photos. Since it is cold outside and snowy, I painted in my basement and there are no windows. The photo quality leaves much to be desired.
I lightly sand the doors. This will allow the new coat of paint to adhere better. I also fill in any dents with putty. When all the sanding is done, clean with damp rags.
Lay out tarps to protect your work surface. I like to paint my doors while they are laying down so I usually use plastic totes stacked up to create a base. Saw horses also work. I have painted many doors with a brush before I got a sprayer. I will NEVER paint a door with a brush again! Especially if they have lots of details and panels. Such a pain. To get the best looking finish and be able to knock it out quickly, use a paint sprayer. I used my HomeRight Super Finish Max. It has a large capacity cup and I never had to refill it while painting all the doors.
Use a quality paint that will hold up to lots of touching, wiping, and other wear and tear. Doors, tables, and cabinets all need a good quality paint. Once the paint has completely dried, flip over and paint the other side.
After the doors were done I added the knobs back on and put them back up on their hinges. I am loving how they look with the original brass knobs!
In summary, here are my best tips for painting doors!
Remove the door from the hinges and remove the hardware.
Lightly sand and putty any dents or scratches
Clean it really well before painting
Lay out tarps to protect your work area
Lay the doors flat. It is easier to paint and it helps avoid drips
Use a high quality paint that will hold up to wear and tear
A paint sprayer instead of a brush is faster and gives you a smoother finish
Make sure it has completely dried before hanging the door back up
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