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Is your door looking a little worn and old? If you are looking for affordable ways to transform your door, then painting might be your best bet. In this article, we will let you in on the best step-by-step method on painting a door to make sure it looks amazing! Read on further to find out more about how you can do this in the comfort of your own home.

Step 1: Choose the colour

You might want something that pops, and for that, you might want to choose bright colours and shades. However, for interior doors, we highly recommend sticking to grey or white to bring out a more elegant feel to your door. You can also choose black as well, according to what may look best with your interior. If you’re having trouble choosing, try paint swatches first, see how it looks like with the door opened and closed, or at different angles, and check how it looks for you.

Step 2: Gather the proper equipment

You would need the proper painting tools to allow you to paint the door with, of course. However, you can also make do with some repair tools. For example, a chisel, some wood filler, and medium-grit sandpaper can also help you make your door beautiful. For the painting tools, a 2-inch paintbrush, roller brush and tray, and your paint. Use exterior paint if you are painting your front door to make sure it has extra protection.

Step 3: Prep your door

First, decide whether you would like to paint it while hung or remove it from its hinges. The latter is more preferable because it would provide more access to the different areas of the door. If you choose to remove it from the hinges, lay it down on sawhorses for easier reach. Remove all detachable hardware such as doorknobs, latches, etc. Sand down any imperfections and uneven surfaces. Use the wood filler to refill holes, dents, or cracks and sand the excess filler after it dries. 

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Step 4: Prime your door

It is important to prime your door especially when drastically changing the colour. Tinted primers can help you reach the desired colour with lesser coats of paint. 

Step 5: Paint your door

After the primer has dried out, you can finally paint your door! Look at the illustration below for the direction of your paint strokes for the best appearance. Start with the inside panels. Use a paintbrush for intricate parts and use the roller for straight parts, to finish quickly. After the inside panels, proceed with the middle sections, and then sides, and then finally the edges. Apply two to three coats of paint.

After letting the paint dry, reattach all removed parts, or you can also choose to replace them for a refreshing look and then you have finally transformed your door!

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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.