Like many other things, doors tend to wear as time goes on. Worn doors can often be an eyesore, however with a little TLC (Tender Loving Care) and some sprucing up yourself or a specialist painter and decorator you can have your interior doors looking as good as you new.
Painting and decorating your own home is definitely not for everyone, if however you’re inclined to have a go yourself and save some of your hard earned pennies then we’ve provided some of the basic steps below to painting your interior doors
It will take some effort, but once you see the end result you will know the effort was well worth it.
1. Remove Door
Before you begin painting remove the door from the hinges as well as doorknobs and locks. Once you’ve done this, lay door flat on the ground. The reason for doing these extra steps is to make the door easier to paint but also prevent paint from running down the door.
Note: While it is recommended to remove your door and lay it on a flat surface, if you have a little more experience of painting and decorating then you can paint your door without removing it from the hinges. If you decide to take this route then you just need to ensure you prepare the area properly. Before you start, place some cardboard or plastic sheeting underneath the bottom of the door to catch any dripping paint, and again as above remove door knobs/handles and locks and store in a safe place
2. Sand down your door.
Use a fine grade of sandpaper to remove any rough edges or pimples on the surfaces of the door. Sanding down the door will help create a smoother finish ensuring the paint can be applied more smoothly and easier as well providing better paint adhesion. Remember to remove all excess dust from the door using a vaccum and a wet rag to finish.
3. Lightly dampen the door.
Dampening down the door surfaces with a sponge or cloth will help ensure the paint will take longer to dry, allowing you more time to apply the paint and therefore dramaticallyreducing the number of brush marks visible
4. Use a Primer
A primer or as it’s often called ‘undercoat’ is a prepatory coating you apply to the door prior to painting. Adding a primer helps the paint bond better to the surface of the door, makes the paint more durable and also provides added protection to the door
5. Sand Again.
After priming just rub over the door once again with fine sand paper to remove any imperfections that may have appeared on the primer coat
6. Use the Right Tools
The best brushes to use will depend on the type of door you’re painting. If your interior door has no panels then you’d be best served using a a small foam or microfibre roller or a 3/4inch (7-10 cm) brush. If you’re painting a panelled door then we’d suggest you use a 2 inch (5cm) brush
7. Paint the surface of the door.
Start by painting each of the four edges of the door. Evenly apply the paint to the surface of the door and always brush in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Going against the grain is not recommended is this will ruin the finish of your door. When painting panels, use a brush to get the paint into all the groves and corners of each. Then use the roller to quickly coat the panels and then use the brush to to give a smooth finish
You will most likely need to apply two coats of paint in order to have a smooth looking finish.
8. Rehang Your Door
Once the paint has dried, all you have to do is to rehang your door replace the handles and locks and admire the new look of your door!
Painting your door isn’t that difficult, You just have to follow all of the steps listed above, an you should have a brand new looking door that you can be proud of.