Pop of Color: How-To Paint a Door

May 5, 2014

I’m still working on my boys room. It’s almost done, but it’s probably been the longest room makeover in history (well maybe not, I think that was the master bedroom which I am happy to say is complete – well 95% complete).  Even though I want to call this latest makeover DONE, a room often does AND should take time to create and come together. The transformation of a space is like a 1000 piece puzzle, it takes time and patience to get all the pieces just right and often, it’s the final stretch that takes the longest.  And that’s okay.

As I am rounding up the room finishing up the final details (the window treatments are the last element which I’m just not feelin’ yet), I wanted to share one element that has really given the space added color + the punch it needed… a newly painted closet door.  It’s amazing how the wall (and actually the overall room) came alive with a new hue.

Take a look…

Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

Adding a pop of color was my Lowe’s Challenge for this month and I think I surely succeeded.  Huge difference, wouldn’t you say?!

Updating a door (interior or exterior) is super easy and if a space is fairly neutral, painting the door will make a huge impact.  If you happen to remember, I initially wasn’t overly fond of this very neutral / light wall color, BUT now I am loving it.  WHY?  It’s been able to provide a neutral backdrop for lots of color in all the layers like the red dresser to the left + the fun Frames Wallpaper + the honeycomb shelves on the opposite wall.

Choosing the RIGHT COLOR for the door!

When shopping for a color for the door, choose something that picks up on other colors in the room.  Also a semi-gloss finish is best (so marks can easily be wiped away), but eggshell or satin will also work.

For my boys closet door, I picked up a color from the new rug and chose a deep blue hue (which was leftover paint from my office makeover – Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue) in an eggshell finish.

Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue HC-156

Inspiration for the new Blue Hue on the closet door!

Along with wanting to add a pop of color to the room, the new trim/moulding color and the old door color were 2 very different and competing whites.  So it was in good reason that this door needed a makeover!

Here’s a closeup:

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

Here are the easy-peasy steps to adding a pop of color on a door:

Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

1. PANELS: No matter what style doore, start off with the crevices / nooks-and-crannies.  Using a quality brush (a 1″ or  1-1/2″ Purdy angled brush is my favorite) start with the panels of the door.

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

2. HARDWARE: I decided not to remove the hardware before painting (because of pure laziness) and painted around the door knob using my angled brush. The result was great…

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

3. EDGES: After the panels an the hardware, comes the edges of the door.  Be sure to lay a dropcloth or plastic under the door so paint doesn’t get on the floor.  Also, it’s best to open the door so no paint gets on the door frame.  When painting the side edges, don’t drag the brush, but instead start from the door center and pull away to get a nice clean edge and no paint on the side of the door.

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

Once all the panels + hardware, and most of the edges were done, here’s how the door looked…

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

The next  + last steps are the rails…

4 & 5. RAILS: Use a brush or roller for the rails.  If the door has a slight texture to it (like mine) then a brush will do fine because you won’t see brushstrokes, but if the door is smooth, you’ll want to choose a small roller.  You can also use floetrol, an additive that can be mixed with paint to avoid brushstrokes.  I didn’t use it for this project, but I did for my kitchen cabinets.

It’s one of my favorite products.

flood-floetrol-02

Once the first coat of paint was finished, this is how the door looked.

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

After another coat of paint using the same steps above, the door was done…

Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

Pretty big change for no money & very little time.

When looking around the net at other homeowner door makeovers, I found 2 helpful tutorials that you might benefit from if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your door(s)…

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!via

Steps to take for Painting a Door - Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!via

O, and one more place in my home where I decided to add some color to the doors…  the upstairs hallway.   Just last week, I shared how I updated the space with a new chalkboard wall, but to also add some color in, I chose to paint the doors my favorite Benjamin Moore Texas Leather.

Benjamin Moore Texas LeatherHere’s how the hallway evolved…

Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

Add a Pop of COLOR by painting the door.  Ditch the typical white (interior or exterior) door and add a splash of color. Check out this great how-to with 5 easy steps to transform a door!

What a huge difference painting a door makes, especially when the walls of a space are neutral.  This was a fun project to work on and once again, it shows that with a little effort, a space can surely be transformed in no time and with little or no money.

Have you ever thought on painting your interior or exterior door(s)?

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Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!


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Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    I have been thinking about painting my interior room doors-did you sand your doors?

  2. I have been thinking about painting some doors! Love the colors
    Julia@Cuckoo4Design recently posted..French Provincial Annie Sloan Graphite Dresser

  3. I painted the interior side of my front door and I LOVE the difference. Here’s a post on it with before and after pics… http://www.everydayalamode.com/2012/09/the-wonders-of-paint-or-simple-foyer.html .

    I’m now thinking about painting the interior side of our family room door. I think it will add the extra detail the room needs. Great post!

  4. I love love love the idea if painting an interior door! When I get ready to redo my kids bedroom (hopefully this summer) I hope to incorporate a pop of color on the door!! Great idea!

  5. Hannah C says:

    Thanks for the step by step pics! :)

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