How do I repaint builder grade doors


All my interior doors are plain white builder grade. I am currently in the process of painting all the door knobs black, should all the doors be painted the same color throughout the house or different colors based on the room color? I want to update my trim to a brighter white, if I update the trim to a brighter white, and decide to keep my doors white, should the doors match the trim color? What is the best way to paint builder grade doors?

q how do i repaint builder grade doors
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  • Nan W. Nan W. on Apr 23, 2020

    Angie: I think you should paint the door in whatever color YOU think would look best! There are NOT rules!!

    Maybe this will help you:

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 23, 2020

    I usually paint the doors the same as the trim. Confirm first what they are painted with, latex or oil, then stay with same.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 23, 2020

    Hi Angie: Usually the doors and trim match. You can paint the doors the same colour on the outside, that being the side that faces the hall, and the side that faces the room can compliment the colour of the room. If the picture matches what your doors are, I'd use both a roller for the wide parts and a brush for the interior so that you can get into the corners. Good luck

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 23, 2020

    most homes in every price range have all the interior doors the same colors - you could paint a pantry door or laundry room door a different color to match the area it is in here are some ideas

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Apr 23, 2020

    The information below came from this site:

    Tips for Painting Interior Doors

    • When painting doors like these faux wood print hollow core doors, I ALWAYS USE a brush. Using a brush mimics the look of wood grain, and really works better than a roller (EVEN a foam roller) because you will have a slight orange peel even with the super smooth finish rollers, it is inevitable)
    • Always follow with the “grain” of the wood – even if it is a faux wood grain.
    • Be sure to pay attention to the construction of the door- the horizontal rails vs the vertical stiles – and match your brush strokes to the construction and grain.
    • Where the rails and stiles of the wood door meet, pay close attention to not leaving bush marks that are going opposite of the wood grain.
    • Work in sections. I start at the top and paint the top rail, two side stiles and the 2 raised panels. Looking over every intersection as i go to avoid big beads of paint.
    • Clean your brush between doors. One of the main problems with crappy brush work is dried paint on your paintbrush… Take the tiny bit of extra time to wash out the paint and clean off dried paint build up. Your finish will thank you for it.
    • Lastly, for doors make sure you go with either a Satin or Semi-gloss finish. You want some sheen so that you can keep your doors clean!! And that wiping them down is an easy task!

    Tip: To figure out how much paint you need for your project, check out the Behr paint calculator!!

    The navy door color is so rich and beautiful! Check out the difference between the two here:


  • DD DD on Apr 23, 2020

    We just painted all the doors (6-panel, builder grade) in our small house. We have white, 3 1/2 inch craftsman style trim. As there are 7 doors in a small area, it was a wall of white. Sounds boring, but we painted the doors to color-match the the wall (Behr interior, egg-shell finish) paint. Removed the doors and gave them a light sanding. A minimum of 2 coats. Took a couple of days. Used both brush and roller. Turned out great. I would suggest starting with one door. Paint the inside and then stand it up to the opening to get an idea of the look.... You can always re-paint it back to white

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 23, 2020

    Trim and doors should match, unless you want them to blend into the wall. Painting the inside of doors that can't be normally seen is a waste of effort.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 23, 2020

    It's a personal choice but I paint the doors to match the trim. In our farmhouse we are all white but our suburb home is more eclectic.

    I paint with a brush and don't take them down. Do the inserts first then inside the panels, around the panels and repeat.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Apr 24, 2020

    Yeah, you won't like the result as much if the trim and doors don't match. If you use a different white, sometimes the doors will look dirty or vice versa.

  • Maura White Maura White on Apr 25, 2020

    Any interior paint will work fine to paint these doors. I personally would paint the doors color based on the room itself and not keep them all the same.

  • Virgie Jaquess Virgie Jaquess on Apr 26, 2020

    I found that these doors need 3 or 4 coats of paint. Let dry completely between coats and then the finish will be perfect. Paint the trim first and then the doors.

  • It's going to take a few coats of paint that's for sure. Make sure you seal the doors after you paint :) with a topcoat.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2020

    indoor doors should match the trim but the dont have too ...It all depends on the rest of decor in the house. Changing doors to a darker color will draw all attention there ... is that what you are going after versus showcasing your home decor ?