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How to Paint a Door and Trim

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

The doors and trim in your home act as accents, perhaps highlighting and accentuating your home's most interesting features. Because of this, they are often painted with higher sheens, which naturally draw the eyes to their glossy surface.

For Best Results:

For doors, work from top to bottom.

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors and windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

Suggested Supplies

  • Brush (2"-2")
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick

Color Used in This How-To

Cotton Knit
PPU7-11
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Trim

Step 1

To paint trim, start at the corner and brush the paint onto the trim area. Reload the brush approximately every twelve inches. Repeat these steps until all the trim area is complete.

TIP:
When using more than one gallon of paint, combine the containers for better uniformity of color. This intermixing is called "boxing."

Door

Step 1

Use a brush for painting in a small panel.  You can use a brush over the entire surface to avoid the appearance of roller stipple.

TIP:
As with walls, work on the door from top to bottom.
Step 2

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors and windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.