This week for the One Room Challenge I’m showing how to paint an interior door, and I’m loving the impact it has on my kitchen! My kitchen makeover is coming along and relying on the power of paint.
I’m so excited to get going on this One Room Challenge. This week I was able to finish painting my pantry door and the door trim around it, and I’m LOVING the black color that I chose from Sherwin Williams!
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The One Room Challenge is a challenge that comes along twice a year, and a group of featured designers and guest participants all take on a room makeover. I love seeing what everyone has been working on each week. There are so many talented designers participating!
Thank you to Sherwin Williams for providing me with the paint for my kitchen makeover! I am using their Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel paint for my cabinets, door and trim.
I have been loving the color Iron Ore from Sherwin Williams, and was so excited to use it on my pantry door and trim to give it a new look! The dark color is beautiful and really pops against the walls.
Here are some before photos of the pantry door. It wasn’t in bad shape, just had a few signs of wear by the doorknob. I wanted to give it a pop of color!
Door Painting Materials:
- Small Paint Roller with Foam Rollers
- Angled Paint Brush
- Paint Tray
- Krud Kutter
- Painter’s Tape
- Aluminum Foil (I wrap the door handle in foil to protect it)
- Paint – I used Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel Paint
How To Paint An Interior Door
First I started by cleaning the door with my favorite de-glosser Krud Kutter. This cleans and de-glosses the surface.
After allowing it to dry for 10 minutes, I applied primer with an angled paint brush and a small foam roller. I painted the grooves first, and then the panels making sure to feather the paint to eliminate brush strokes. My primer took 30 minutes to dry, and then I moved onto painting the door.
When you are painting an interior door you want to paint in sections, to prevent brush strokes and drips. Here is the order in which I paint my doors:
- First I used a paint brush to paint the grooves on the door. After all the paint is applied off my brush I will go over the same section with very light pressure (called feathering) to eliminate any brush strokes and prevent drips from happening.
- Next I used a small foam paint roller to roll paint onto the middle flat panels between the grooves. I make sure to start with heavy pressure and then end with light pressure to roll out any possible paint roller lines or drips.
- I then pained the middle horizontal panels and outside edges of the door on the top and side. Then I painted the door without removing it, so I didn’t need to paint the bottom edge of the door because it isn’t seen.
- Then I used a paint brush to paint the details around the hinges and door handle.
- Next I used the foam paint roller to paint the vertical panels and top horizontal panels of the door, using heavy pressure and then ending with light pressure.
Should I paint the trim too?
I chose to paint the door trim as well, and I’m SO glad I did! The door and the trim look amazing against the white walls and looks like a focal point in the room instead of blending in. I’m loving the painted pantry door!
How long does it take to paint a door?
Painting interior doors is so fun and doesn’t take too long! I was able to complete the first coat in 30 minutes. After letting it dry for almost 24 hours I added the second coat in around 20 minutes. The second coat is really where the magic happens, and you see the amazing coverage and the true look of the paint color!
The Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel paint from Sherwin Williams is amazing and gives a hard finish. I highly recommend this paint for trim and doors! It feels like it will withstand tons of wear – and I need that with 4 little ones running around!
Kitchen Makeover To-Do List
Paint pantry door
- Painting the cabinets white
- Paint the kitchen island
- Painting the walls above cabinets
- Change backsplash
- Add new hardware
The next few weeks will be filled with LOTS of cabinet prep and cabinet painting! I’ll be sure to show you how I completed these projects and have lots of tips to share along the way!