Painting a Door Chalk Paint or Acrylic?

2 Materials
3 Days

You already know that at my rental home we have a big problem with natural light, this house was built at 80´s, so window square meter must be so expensive, so windows are small and just a few light can get in.

At the entrance, near the built-in mirror that has not been beautiful even at eighty´s that I have cover this way: how to cover a really ugly mirror , I have to do something with the door, it has a very dark color, with badly applied dye and on a different color from the other doors in the same room (also dark brown) and the baseboard (that I covered with white vynil sticker),

I had been thinking about what to do with this door that I see all day, and I do not know about you but for me, if I see something ugly ruins my karma, so I started to solve it:

I started with white chalk paint , as it is perfect for not having to sand or remove the previous dye and get a uniform result.

o make this type of paint smooth and not rough, I lowered the paint with a ratio of 1/4 part of water and 3/4 parts of chalk paint, and applied it with a roller, except the moldings, wich the roller did not reach all the nooks and crannies, so in these areas I used a brush.

Important previous step: clean the door thoroughly with ammonia, to remove any possible impurities, especially in the moldings.


The only thing to be aware of is to make the moldings first, focus on small areas and observe well so that there are no drops when applying it, since we have not removed the door and we have painted vertically.

Start painting the mouldings with a brush

Well, I tell you that when I had applied 4 coats of chalk paint the door was nice, better than before, but it had a vintage touch, it was gray, it showed the previous color of the door and there were darker areas than others, on the fifth chalk paint layer, I already despaired, because it did not improve.

As a last alternative, I took the can of white matt acrylic paint, the basic one, and with that I promise you that with only one layer it was finished. .

Conclusion: Chalk paint, with its plaster content, holds well on any surface, something that would not have been able to do without sanding if I only used acrylic. Having already several layers of chalk paint, the acrylic paint perfectly fits, and its finish It is perfectly smooth, a little satin, as if it had lacquered the door, sincerely it looks perfect.



And my karma has improved a lot, I do not see the door anymore!!!

Suggested materials:
  • Chalk paint   (brico depot)
  • Acrylic paint   (brico depot)
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