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How To Paint Doors

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

Painting your doors is a nice way to revamp an entry way in your home! This project can easily be done in one afternoon if you're prepared. We here at PanHelic will show you our quick and easy guide on how we like to paint our doors!

Let's get started! First, get your materials ready. This project doesn't require a lot of materials. Take a look at our list of materials you need for this project below for a better idea of what you need. A lot of the materials for this project are things you might already have at home. So, take inventory and then buy then things you definitely don't have.

STEP 1: Unhinge the door and at this time, take off the knobs. You may want to consider changing the knobs to fit whatever aesthetic you're looking for. Tape up any spots you don't want paint in like the hole for the door handle and the gap left from the hinges.

If you are planning on changing your door handles, make sure to fit the not only the aesthetic but to match color contrast as well.

STEP 2: Sand the surfaces you'll be painting. I prefer using an electric sander but if you don't want to do that manual labor then we highly recommend using a liquid sander!

Make sure to wipe with a damp rag or towels after sanding! This will get rid of all the dust, otherwise your primer and paint will not stick and it will leave a big mess.

STEP 3: Apply a coat or two of primer if your door is just stained wood. If your door was previously colored then primer is not necessary!

After waiting for primer to dry, manual sanding is recommended in between coats of both primer and paints. Wipe the residue off!

STEP 4: Paint your doors! I recommend painting with gloss or high gloss paint for better protection. Remember, doors are one of the most trafficked things around the house so you want to make sure you have a good protective layer of paint on them!

For the panels, do not use a roller! Use an actual brush for them for both paint and primer! This will ensure you have proper coverage of paint and primer.

STEP 5: You may now put all the door handles back. I highly recommend getting new door handles just to add a little extra flair on your newly painted door! After putting the door handles back in, Put the doors back on their hinges and you are good to go!

All it takes is one afternoon and you could completely change the look of your room! What better time to start than now! Make sure you send us your before and after pictures!


Disclosure: We at PanHelic are not licensed professionals. Everything we say here is purely our ways of doing DIY. If you need to refer to anyone about code, permits, safety guidelines or anything of relation please contact your local professionals for help.


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