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How to Paint Your Interior Doors

Today I want to share with you guys just how easy it is to paint your builder-grade doors. In our 90's home, we were again faced with perfectly fine builder-grade materials.

There was nothing wrong with our doors, they were your typical faux wood doors. I left them white for a few years which was fine, but one day I basically woke up and decided it was time for a change and had the motivation to take on giving my upstairs hallway a spiffing up!

So I decided to take on painting all of my doors from a boring white to a warm contrasting grey that pops so beautifully against our new fresh modern trim. I also sprayed out all of my old shiny dated door handles to a modern matte black that now fits in so much better with our style and has only set us back a few dollars in paint supplies. So in today's post, I wanted to commit an entire blog post on how to properly paint doors and hopefully answer any questions you may have on how to do it to achieve beautiful results!

How to Paint Your Interior Doors | After | Grey Doors with Black Handles

Supplies You Will Need to Paint Doors:

  • Trim and Door Paint, I prefer a paint and primer in one and usually just buy what's on sale, but my fave is Benjamin Moore Advance Paint

  • Sanding Sponges, I like these ones

  • Angled Paint Brush, I like this one

  • A good degreaser or paint prep spray, I used this one , which I bought at Home Depot

  • Paint tray and roller

  • 4" High Density Foam Rollers

  • Painters Tape

Tips Before We Get Started:

  • Prep your area. Know that you will be painting your door as it's hanging, so place a drop cloth or old towel underneath to catch any drips.

  • Tape off all your hinges with painters tape.

  • Yes you will be painting both sides of your door, so follow all of the steps in this post for both sides of your door

  • Remove your doorknobs.

Step One:

Alright so now that you are all prepped, the first thing you need to do is clean your doors with a paint prep product or even a good degreaser like Dawn or Pinesol. Really scrub in any of the grooves of the door and any detailed edges. You will be surprised how dirty the doors get! When I scrubbed all of my doors down I couldn't believe how dirty the water was, even though my doors were white and looked clean! There's no way paint will stick to dirt and grime, so get that off!

How to Paint Your Interior Doors | Painters Prep

Step Two:

Sand your doors, front and back and be sure to use your flexible sponge in all of the grooves as well. You don't need to sand too much, just enough to scratch the doors up a bit. Once you are all done lightly sanding give it a wipe to remove all the dust.