04 Oct Painting your dream door
Making sure your new door is fully primed before painting it is probably the most important part to this DIY task as the level at which you prepare the door will determine the finish you achieve and your end result. Follow this guide on painting interior doors to get the look you want.
Level of difficulty
Level 2: Intermediate
What you need
- Dust sheet
- Putty knife
- Wood putty
- Damp cloth
- Small container
The steps to follow
- First acclimatise the door to the room temperature and environment where they will be installed. This process should take around three days.
- Cover the area where you’ll be working with a dust sheet.
- Remove all door fixings and hardware.
- Next, use a putty knife to fill any holes on the door with wood putty.
- Sand the surface with fine grade sandpaper to remove any rough edges.
- Clear the surface of dust and debris.
- Start by painting a coat of primer on the door.
- Let it dry before applying a second coat.
- Allow the coat of primer to dry fully before applying your chosen colour.
- To make the job easier, pour paint out into a small container and use a paint brush to paint the door.
- Start by painting the door panels vertically with the grain.
- When you’re finished painting the door panels, move on to painting the centre stile, followed by the horizontal rails.
- Paint at least two coats of paint and let dry in between.
- Apply a coat of topcoat and let it dry.
- When the topcoat has fully dried, replace all the door’s fixings.
- Finish by re-hanging the door.