6 Tips To Paint Interior Doors Like A Pro February 23 2020

Interior doors are a big part of your home’s decor. Many people overlook painting them any other color besides basic shades of white. What if you were to paint your interior doors so they make a real statement? Go bold or stay subdued – either way, below are 6 tips to make painting your interior doors a breeze:

1. Primer: No matter what color you pick, there is always going to be a little prep work before painting. Here's how you know if primer will be needed.

If the door was previously painted using latex then there is no need to prime. However, if an oil-based paint was used and you want to repaint the door using a latex then you’ll need a primer.

If you are unsure what type of paint was used on the door, then dampen a moist rag with rubbing alcohol and rub it across the door’s surface. If the paint is transferred onto the rag, then latex was used, but if there is no paint on the rag then an oil-based variety was used.

2. Choosing the Tools: Quality tools make the job easier and help it look better. A 2 to 2 ½ inch sash brush is ideal for a door and the door’s trim. You can also choose a roller with a microfiber roller covers to obtain the best results. You might want to invest in a paint sprayer to quickly finish the door and achieve a smooth finish.

3. Finishes: Interior doors are typically high-traffic in your home. People naturally touch the door as they pass through and close it. Ideally, you should choose a paint finish that is either gloss or semi-gloss because it is easier to keep looking good. If there are smudges, then a washcloth with warm water will remove them. In addition, the glossy beauty of the door will stand out in stark contrast against an eggshell or flat wall.

4. Trim Shades: If you have picked a light color for your interior door then you should use the same hue for the trim. However, if you have picked a darker color for the door then why not compliment the trim with a white or neutral color.

5. Remove the Doorknob or Handle: Sure, you might be tempted to tape around the doorknob but it’s hard to exactly tape and paint around the round shape. We definitely recommended removing the door handle and reinstalling after the paint dries.

6. Repair Damage: An older door might show the hands of time but still be perfectly functional. Ideally, you should fill in any holes or imperfections prior to painting. You want to have a smooth surface to spread the paint, so it looks flawless when it dries. Always use a top-quality filler for the best results.

    These are just a few tips on painting interior doors. As you can see, it’s an easy DIY project that can give your home an instant facelift.

    If painting just isn't enough and you want to replace any old or worn doors, contact us today at the links below for a FREE estimate on new interior doors.