Are you looking to do some door painting to spruce of your home? The fact is, this simple project can really work to improve the look and feel of your home without a lot of cost. Plus, there is often no reason to actually replace the door when you can update the look with a bit of paint. Here are some quick tips to help you with painting the indoor, paneled doors you have throughout your home.
Remove the door from the hinges and remove all hardware. You want to be able to paint the entire door, not just the area around these.
Use a sander with a 220 grit or a similar product to stand off the door. Most of these doors will have areas that are rough. If they have been painted with a gloss paint, you may also want to sand down these areas so that the new coat of paint adheres well. The good news is that you really do not need to get all of the paint off.
If the door has any flaws or you want a nice finished look, seal the door with a clear sealant. This will lock out the moisture and will help give the door a complete, beautiful look.
Next, look for the right type of paint. You may want to shop for a wood based paint that allows for a thicker finish. Flat paint is not always a good option since it can easily wear away and is difficult to actually clean. Choose an eggshell or satin finish instead.
Place the door on stands so that one side can be painted in full. Use a paint roller for the best results. You will need to be careful about the details. If there are raised panels, you need to ensure that no paint runs down the side or otherwise is not fully applied. For detailed areas, use a small paint brush.
Allow the door to dry for at least 24 hours, with 48 being optimal, before you flip the door over to do the other side. This allows the paint to fully cure, so that you do not have to worry about any markings in the door.
Once the door has been painted on both sides, and allowed to dry thoroughly, replace all of the hardware and reinstall. Keep in mind that you do not have to go with brown or white for your doors. You can dress up a space with unique and fun colors. The more creative you are, the better the finished project will look!