Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quick & Easy Tips For Painting A Door

Step by step tutorial on how to paint a door -From My Front Porch To Yours.
 I have shared posts about painting our command center door and also the insets of other doors around our home. Since then I have received emails about what I think the best and quickest way to paint a door is. 

Painting tips for  interior bathroom doors- From My Front Porch To Yours
I decided to snap a few pics with my phone while I was working on our master bath doors so I could share a few tips to make painting your doors easier. This may not be how others would do it but this is how I do ours and how I find it to work best for me. 
1 1/2 inch paint brush used to paint interior doors- From My Front Porch To Yours.
 Your paint brush size will depend on your door size and door detail. For our bathroom doors I decided to use a 1 1/2 inch angled brush. Some people may choose to go larger but I have a reason why I prefer to use the 1 1/2 inch brush. As for paint I normally go with a semi gloss like our baseboards but this time around I used Eggshell. Remember the two gallons of Sherwin Williams #6204 Sea Salt I previously was going to paint our master bath walls with? Well this where they come into play as well as another area in our master bath but I will save that for another post!;) Once I started painting, the Eggshell finish was not really any different from the door casing so it all worked out perfectly as far as sheen. 
First start with door insets when painting doors-Painting tips From My Front Porch To Yours
Our doors have insets and the first thing I do is paint around the insets. I use long brush strokes as to oppose short ones to decrease brush marks.
Pay attention the wood grain direction in the door when painting doors-From My Front Porch To Yours.
Our doors have a wood grain design so it is highly important to keep the wood grain direction in mind when painting them to ensure a more professional finish.
Next painting tip  is to fill in the insets of the doors-From My Front Porch To Yours.
After painting the outer portions of the insets I follow the wood grain design and paint the inside of the insets again using long brush strokes.
Tip for painting doors is to follow the wood grain pattern on your door using long paint strokes-From My Front Porch To Yours
Next up I paint the wood grain that goes from left to right using long brush strokes so to make the brush marks are next to non existent.
Tip to have next to no brush marks while painting door is to use long brush strokes following the wood grain pattern-From My Front Porch To Yours.
Then I move on to the wood grain that goes from top to bottom using the longest brush stroke I can. 
Tip to use a 1 1/2 paint brush to paint the insides of the doors and around door hardware without taping-From My Front Porch To Yours
Once the front of the door is completed I move on to the sides of the door. This is where the 1 1/2 brush really comes in handy. I find that by using that size brush I do not have to tape anything off. The angel allows me to paint around all hardware with ease. A larger brush would cause me to get paint all over the hardware which is no big deal because you can always just wipe it off with a paper towel and water but I just prefer to skip that step and well I am allergic to taping!;) 
Step by Step door painting tutorial- Sherwin Williams #6204 Sea Salt- From My Front Porch To Yours
Once you are completed with painting the sides of the doors makes sure you do not see any drip marks. If you do just work them in before they dry and then move on to the back of the door if you wish. I did paint both sides of our master bath doors. After about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the weather I do a second coat to complete the doors and call it a day. The first coat with this method takes about 15 minutes. 

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  1. Good Tips Pamela and love that color. So pretty. Happy New Week.

  2. I'm working up the nerve to paint some doors black. thanks for the good tips, I don't like to tape either.

  3. These are some great tips! I always have to tape around what I'm painting as I tend to splash. I like the color of the doors, too!

  4. This is a really great tutorial Pamela!....We have the same doors!

  5. I just painted four doors in a semi-gloss. I hated working with it. I might switch to eggshell for the remaining doors.

  6. Just wondering, are you leaving the trim around the door white? I recently walked through a home that had all their doors painted sea salt, and I really loved it, but I can't remember what they did with the trim. I think it was white, but not sure.

    1. Hi Ashley! I have seen homes that have their doors and trim all painted the same color and it is beautiful. My plan is to leave the trim white at least for now because I am doing something with the tub that will tie the white in. The cabinets will be Sea Salt like the doors.


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