Tips for Painting Doors

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Looking for a neat way to change the look of  your home without resorting to a wholesale redecoration?  Try some simple paint jobs for both your interior and exterior doors.

Interiors will be a slightly easier task because there isn’t the need to protect the wood from the elements (especially your home is in Wisconsin and must brave the winter).  Exteriors will require weatherization, though.












Let’s start with interior doors.  Doors, wherever their location, get a lot of use and abuse—lots of nicks, scratches and dents.  These markings can give a door character, and give it an aged and vintage look.  Of course, some of these markings can be sanded down.  If you want the vintage quality for your door to create the cottage or lived-in look for you home, use an aging glaze or tea stain.  (For other vintage techniques, check out our blog on the subject.)  Experiment with glazes for interesting effects.  And before you begin painting, make sure to remove lose paint chips (unless you want that layered, painted-over effect).


The same effects can be used on doorways, unless you like the idea of a solid and traditional color for your front door, like red, for instance.  The door, as noted above, will need to be weatherized by applying water sealant and installing weather stripping.  The latter process will help you save energy, especially in the winter.


Doors can either be painted while still on the frame or taken off and set on some benches, giving you better access to the area of the door by the hinges.  Obviously, people tend to go ahead with projects of this type during the summer, but during the winter one can always set up shop in a basement or hire a paint company to do it for you.


Give Lakeside Painting a call if you want to discuss other ideas for your doors at 262.642.9445 and

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