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With the pandemic still happening with no signs of stopping any time soon, people are turning towards home projects that could help ease their boredom, solve problems at home on their own, or sometimes even both. Nowadays, more people are leaning into home renovations, as this is particularly timely, most people staying at home a lot due to the implementation of remote work. This article will introduce more on how to paint your interior doors and trims to leave an impression on anyone who sees it, a good one, of course. Learn more about how to do this in the following sections.

Assess your skill

If you are going to do this n your own at home, it is important you know what you can and cannot do so that the project can yield a good outcome. If you are not too handy or skilled with painting, it is better to avoid high gloss paint as it can be very tricky to apply. Satin finishes are the way to go for home paint jobs.

Be familiar with the types of finish

Knowing what types of finishes there are can help you choose the right paint appropriate for the style you are aiming for. There are three types of finish you should know:

  1. High gloss. This was mentioned earlier to be tricky to apply. This is because your door has to be sanded down to a smooth finish. It is very attention-grabbing as it can make your door look as if it is as smooth as glass. However, a disadvantage is that poor application can be difficult to restore as it will be very conspicuous.
  2. Semi-gloss. As the word suggests, this is less glossy than high gloss. This is common for places that can get messy such as kitchens, as it is easier to clean up without leaving a stain, but also not entirely shiny.
  3. Satin. The satin finish is the easiest to apply as it has the least gloss. It is also known as the eggshell finish, as you can compare its appearance to the surface of an eggshell. This is best for blending your trims to your walls.

Know what look you aim to achieve

If you want to emphasize the trims or the frame of the door, then you can choose a gloss finish. On the other hand, blending the frame into the wall is better suited for satin finishes. You can try contrasting colours for the trim and door itself to accentuate the door as an important structure of the room.

After accomplishing these steps, it is time to paint your actual door. Check out this next article (Painting a door: The Best Step-by-Step Method For Home Projects) you can use as a guide to painting your doors. Make sure to use exterior paint for exterior doors for extra protection!

You might also be interested in: Do-it-yourself Restoration: Restoring Your Period Front Door At Home

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.