1. ALWAYS PREPARE THE AREA AND YOUR DOOR
As with how to paint a wall, when it comes to prep, protect the floor by taping a dust sheet or a piece of cardboard underneath the door. Before starting, don’t forget to remove the door handle and firmly wedge the door open.
2. DON'T FORGET TO SAND THE SURFACE
Sanding the surface of the door is a key step in creating a sleek finish. Will says: 'Wrap 80 grit sandpaper around a block and sand the surfaces for a smooth finish to get your paint to stick better - especially if your door is glossy and shiny - then wipe down the dust with a sponge. 'Check that no dust has been left on the surface, to avoid any bumps when painting.'
3. USE PRIMER
'Primer will ‘prepare’ your surface for the new color, ensuring the long-lasting performance of your topcoat and improving adhesion, so you’ll need fewer coats of paint to finish your door,' says Will. 'A wood primer will give you an even finish and ensures a rich pigment when you use a bold color. 'Apply the first coat of primer and let it dry before applying the second one. Leave it for two hours before you begin painting.' Valspar’s New Construction Primer is ideal if you want to cover or use a bold color.
4. FIND YOUR COLOR
Whether you transform your door into a feature piece or make it blend seamlessly in with your walls, your door can be a significant part of your interior design scheme. A darker shade can create a ‘break effect’ and give the room more character. Choosing complementary colors for a dramatic effect, by matching antique rose walls for example, with something like a deep teal. 'For an effective finish, you can paint the skirting boards and the door frame in the same color as the door, creating a popular color drenching effect. 'Before choosing your color, remember to use a paint specifically made for interior doors, like Valspar Premium Wood & Metal paint, for best results.'
5. PAINT YOUR DOOR IN THE RIGHT ORDER
To get the best finish without any brush marks or dripping paint, stick to a specific order, advises Will. 'Use a 1.5” or 2” brush and start with the edges of your door before moving on to the panels,' he says. 'Use a foam roller to paint the horizontal sections working from top to bottom and then move on to the vertical section. 'Repeat with a second coat. Leave the paint to dry for two to four hours before putting back the handles and closing your door.'