Interior doors of a house are often neglected in redecorating projects. Next time you are redoing a room, try adding a fresh coat of paint to your doors for a more polished look and a fresher feel!
Start by removing the door from its hinges. This is a simple task and should require only a screwdriver and possibly a spare pair of hands to steady the door and keep it from falling as it is being removed.
If there is any existing paint, varnish, or other finish besides stain that already exists on your door, you will want to strip the old finish off first. Stripping off the old layers is a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, it eliminates the unfinished, worn look that flaking layers of old paint can leave behind and will give your finished project a crisp, clean, brand-new feel. Second, a buildup of paint layers actually adds thickness, which can potentially cause the door to stick. Removing the old paint first will eliminate these issues.
Paint strippers are very strong chemicals and should always be used outdoors or in a very well ventilated area. Inhalation of the fumes can cause dizziness, brain damage, or possibly death, so even if you are working in a room with good ventilation, you will want to wear a mask if you are working indoors.
Once your door is ready for paint, set it up on a pair of sawhorses. Working with the door in a horizontal position rather than in a vertical position is much easier. It also prevents the paint from forming drips that run down the door and ruin your perfect finish.
Start with a coat of primer. Putting the paint directly on the wood could have very unpredictable results; fresh, bare wood will suck the color up and leave a faded, possibly blotchy look. Wood that has been previously painted and then stripped will likely not accept the paint evenly. Both scenarios will result in the need for application of extra layers of paint, which takes time and costs money. Make sure you use a primer that is meant for wood, and do your painting in a well-ventilated area.
Work one side at a time, allowing the door to dry completely before turning it over. Don’t forget to also apply a coat of primer to the outside edges of your door so that paint will stick there as well.
Small foam rollers work well for painting things like doors and furniture pieces. Use the roller to work the paint evenly into any detailing on the door, and be careful at the edges of the door that you don’t leave any drips down the sides.
Be sure not to put too much paint on your roller. It is better to apply several light coats than to apply one or two heavier coats. Multiple lighter layers will result in a better finish and a more professional-looking final product. Apply at least two coats of paint to each side of the door. If you aren’t satisfied with the paint coverage, continue adding light coats of paint until the color is even.
Once your door is thoroughly painted and dried, reattach it the hinges and mount it in your doorframe. Your door should look like it is brand new!