Learn how to paint an interior door. Painting interior doors is a simple and cheap way to update your home. I’ll walk you through the whole process of painting an interior door!
Our entryway has a lovely flat brown door screaming at you when you walk in the house. It’s time for a change!
How do you paint an interior door without removing it?
Since it’s spring and the weather is never consistent I decided to paint this door without taking it off the hinges.
To paint an interior door without removing it you’ll want to follow these steps:
- Add painter’s tape and cover the hinges and any other hardware that you don’t want to get paint on.
- Smooth the edges of the tape and take an Exacto knife or other sharp straight blade to run along the edges you created in the tape.
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my step by step lives I was doing on them.
What kind of paint do you use on interior doors?
The best paint to use for interior doors is semigloss or gloss paint. Doors take a lot of use and abuse. When painting them you’ll want to use a paint that is easy to clean and will hold up to frequent cleanings.
For this project, I used Valspar cabinet and door paint. I did a lot of reading on this topic before I tried this myself. This is a gloss finish paint that gave a silky and smooth finish.
Can you paint doors with a roller?
Yes! Actually using a roller is preferred over a brush. You may want to use a brush if your door doesn’t have a lot of flat surfaces.
I used both for this since I added trim to the door I needed to use a brush around the corners and creases. The other areas I used a roller.
How do you paint an interior door?
The steps I took to paint our interior door was:
Througholy clean the door to make sure you remove dirt, dust, and grime. I used warm soapy water, scour pad, and a dish cloth to clean the door.
I removed the door handle since I was replacing this with an updated one. I did keep the door on the hinge and taped the hinges since I wasn’t replacing those.
First, I added some decorative trim to the door so I measure and attached them before painting.
I started by measuring from the top 10′ and from each side 5″.
Next, I added seal to the trim and attached the trim to the interior door.
I added painters tape to the trim and allowed the trim to dry for an hour before painting.
Since I started with a dark brown door I decided to apply a primer first. The directions for this paint said it wasn’t necessary. However, I wanted a pure white look without having to apply 3-4 coats.
I waited 3 hours to allow the paint to fully dry.
Apply a coat of cabinet and door paint. I used a paint brush around the trim to get into the creases and corners and then used a roller for the rest of the door.
The directions say that the paint is dry to the touch in just a few hours but to wait to apply another coat of paint so I waited overnight to apply another coat.
This process took 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of cabinet and door paint.
After I finished painting the interior door I replaced the door handle to finish off the look!
How do you paint a smooth finish on a door?
There are a few things you can do to help create a smooth finish when painting your door.
- Prep the door by cleaning it to remove dirt, dust, and grime. The paint will attach better.
- Use quality brushes and rollers to make sure your paint goes on evenly.
- Make sure you’re adding paint evenly. A lot of overlapping can cause streaks!! This was something I learned with the first coat of paint.
I’m really happy with the outcome and feel that I was able to update our entryway without having to spend a lot of money.
Here are some other examples of painting an interior door!