How to Paint Interior Doors - Budget Friendly Way to Add Style

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Painting interior doors adds style, character and contrast to your walls and rooms. It can make a subtle or bold statement depending on the chosen color. I have seen several different colors and tones that look amazing for interior doors such as blues, greens, tans, grays, reds and even black. Have fun with color and don't be afraid to experiment in your own space.

Our door and door trim in our basement home gym were wood color. As you can see there was a lot that was wood color. Here is what the doors and home gym looked like before.
We removed the door and hardware. If you don't like the color of the door hardware now is a good time to either change it out or spray paint it. It is also a good time to freshen up the door trim. You could either use the same paint color or choose a new door trim color altogether. I opted to spray paint our hardware in a bronze color and we also painted the door trim using Sherwin Williams Extra White.
I used wood filler to fill in any blemishes/knicks on the door. Once this was dry I lightly sanded it and removed/blew off any sanding dust. 

Using a paint brush we started out by applying primer to the edges of the door. Then to cover the rest of the door I found that a high density foam roller is the best way to apply primer/paint to smoother finishes like a door. Allow the primer to dry. 
I applied a couple coats of Iron Ore paint. We initially bought a quart and it ended up being short on paint...oops.
Once this dried we attached the hardware and attached the door to the trim.  
I admit that I was a little nervous to stray away from the traditional white door, but now I am excited to add color to other doors in the rest of our house as well. 

If you are looking for another budget friendly upgrade to your home then check out this post on How to Frame a Large Mirror for under $20 and this $10 Easy DIY Window Trim.

Have you painted your interiors doors a nontraditional color? I would love to hear all about it!

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  • Pip Pip on Sep 05, 2018

    Why would you use iron ore primer on a wooden door

  • MhM34225705 MhM34225705 on Oct 14, 2018

    I wouldn't be able to remove or rehang the doors on my own any tips for painting the doors in situ?


  • Sunny Sunny on Sep 14, 2019

    Looks great! Did you white wash the brick paneling or was it bought that color? I want to do this to my living room walls. Thanks!


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