Hello friends! I’m going to show you how to paint the interior of exterior doors. Most people just leave the insides of their doors white, but painting them a contrasting color like black, really adds a lot more interest to your space.
Lets get started!
I had already decided from browsing Pinterest, that I liked the way that black doors looked and definitely fit into our modern farmhouse aesthetic. Previously, I’ve painted this door about 10 other colors, but that’s a whole other blog post! To get started you need to choose your paint color, I had black door (and trim) paint on hand from a previous furniture painting project. The paint I’m using is Behr Alkyd based Door and Trim paint in a satin finish. The color is called Broadway, which is a soft black. You can find it here.
You’ll also need some other supplies
- a dropcloth
- a 4 inch foam roller
- a 2 inch angle brush like this one
- a paint tray
- a cup or trim painting container
- Frog Tape– the green one
Let’s begin by getting the doors taped off. If there is a window, tape all around that. Tape off the hinges as well as the handles and locks.
Time to Paint
To begin, lay out your drop cloth and supplies. Paint is generally really hard to get off carpet and hard floors.
Start with cutting in with the brush. Then follow with the foam roller getting as close as possible because doing so helps with any brush marks.
Our door are old and beat up and this one was missing the caps for the screws around the windows, so I filled that with caulk.
Next up Garage Door and Kitchen Door
Previously, I painted this door gray and it was fine….. however, I’m really bad at choosing paint and this color read really blue gray. Not what I wanted at all.
In this photo you can see exactly how to trim out the door. Start at the top and work your way down, trimming out all the raised portions, around the knobs and hinges.
After I finish trimming in the door with my paintbrush, I will use my 4 inch foam roller to roll. In my opinion, using a foam roller will give you a much smoother finish than a roller with a nappy texture. Make sure you paint 2 coats of paint on your door which will give you the best finish. If you can’t have all your door professionally sprayed, this is the next best way of painting them.
I think the black is so striking!
In closing, one more piece of advice for how to paint the interior of your exterior doors. Make sure if you’re using the Behr Alkyd paint that you have plenty of ventilation. Its quite smelly, but very strong when it cures. Also, give the paint plenty of time to dry between coats, up to a day depending on humidity. (that’s two pieces of advice, isn’t it?)
Coming Friday, I’ll have a new post up on painting the exterior of your front door and revamping your porch for Fall. See you then!