Whether you need a fresh coat of paint on a worn wooden door, or you’re looking to jazz up the look of your door with a bold new colour, here is the proper way to paint an interior door.
Doors can act as an accent in a room, and are a great way of highlighting other features or the total style of a space. Semi-gloss paints are easy to clean but still have that bit of shine to draw the eye. To draw even more focus to the interior door, use a glossy or higher sheen paint. Once you’ve decided what look you want for your interior doors, here are some easy steps to take you all the way from prep to finished interior door paint job.
Painting an Interior Door the Home Painters Toronto Way
Materials for Door and Trim Painting :
- soap and water
- scrub brush
- drop cloth
- paint – we recommend a semi-gloss or high gloss finish for an interior door painting
- small paintbrush
- paint roller
Step 1: Prep
- Choose your paint. We recommend Benjamin Moore or Behr paints, in a semi-gloss or satin/pearl finish as the best paint for interior doors.
- Decide how you’re going to paint the interior door: in place or lying flat. There are benefits to both methods, although leaving the interior door on its hinges means you can paint both sides at the same time.
- Make sure to clean the door before painting. Even if your door looks relatively clean, it’s better to give it a thorough scrub with soap and water first before accidentally painting over dirt and dust.
Step 2: Fill and Sand the Wooden Door
- Once the door is clean, you may find some chipped paint or blemishes in the wood. An uneven surface will make it more difficult to paint and show up under the final finish coat of paint, so smooth out any bumps and imperfections with sandpaper.
- Be sure to wipe away any dust you create with a damp cloth.
- Unlike walls, it’s doubtful you’ll have to fill any major holes on your interior door before the door painting process. Most nicks or dents can be sanded out, but if there are any large divots then simply fill with putty and then sand to ensure a smooth finish. See our blog on prepping a room for some more tips!
Step 3: Protect the door hardware and accents
- Remove the knobs, plates, and lock mechanisms. Or, if you don’t want to go through all the trouble, tape off the doorknob and hinges to avoid messy paint splatter.
- If you remove any hardware, make sure you keep them in a labeled bag so you know where and how each part goes back together.
- Put down a drop cloth to protect your floors from paint drips and in case of paint spills.
Step 4: Prime
- With a paint roller and small paintbrush, apply a primer. Make sure to read and follow the directions on the container for best results.
- Allow the primer to dry for a full 24 hours before applying any paint. Don’t rush!
Step 5: Paint
- For a flat door a paint roller will work fine, but back-brush with a wide paintbrush to avoid roller stipple. Check out our blog on painting for some tips.
- However, most doors have some kind of paneling or details. In this case, start with a smaller paintbrush for the panels, then paint the rest of the door with the paint roller.
- Just like the primer, allow it to dry completely before applying a second coat.
Step 6: Final touches
- Remove all of the painters tape to see the full effect.
- Make sure that all of the paint strokes are even and that there are no drip marks on the door. Touch up with a small paintbrush if you notice any drip marks or stipples.
- Leave ample time for the paint to dry fully before replacing any hardware or using the door.
Home Painters Toronto Painting Pro-Tips:
- Always paint from top to bottom
- Be sure to follow the direction of the grain for wooden doors.
- Don’t paint the top or bottom edge of the door – the parts you can’t see when the door is closed. That way the door can contract or expand depending on humidity levels, and won’t get sticky.
If you don’t have enough time yourself, or are just looking for a more professional look for your interior wooden door, trims, or baseboards, then call us at 416 494 9095 or email Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote for painting doors and trim ! Keep reading our blog, and have a look at our Pinterest boards for more tips and tricks on how to paint an interior door.