Painting a Paneled Door With a Window

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2 Hours
Painting a paneled door with a window is really easy and I have no idea why I waited 6 long years to do it! Ok, the reason was because I could not decide on a color....yep, couldn't make up my mind yall! I even asked you back here on this post and I got a lot of great ideas!
Gather your supplies.  Hmm, looks like I've used these items for LOTS of paint jobs!  I always use a canvas drop cloth, gloves, paint tray lined with foil for easy clean up and my angle brush.  Since I was painting a door, I chose a smooth foam roller for this paint job.
A plain white metal door.  This is what we looked at for 6 years yall!  Honestly I don't think I thought much about it until we started to make over the entry hall. CLICK HERE to see the makeover.
The first step to every good painting job is to use your blue painter's tape and tape off everything you do not want paint on.  Since my honey was at work this day, I chose to tape up the hardware and paint around it instead of taking it all off.  That oblong oval window was a booger bear to tape off, but I did it!  Also, lay down your drop cloth if you're a messy painter like me! *wink*
 Please visit our blog (link below) for the type of paint I chose and the color name.

Using a brush, paint the inside panels making sure to get in all the crevasses.
Since our door has a window in it, we only had three inside panels to paint.  Two small ones and one large one around the window.
Still using your paint brush, paint the window frame and the area around your door knob and dead lock.  These areas don't allow the roller to be used properly.
Using your foam roller, with a thin even coat of paint, paint all the flat surfaces of your panels.
Tah Dah! This is going great at this point except for the fact that our new kitten Piper is trying her best to make blue kitten foot prints in my new entry hall!
Still using your roller and a thin even coat of paint, starting at the top and moving downward, paint all the rest of your door.
The first coat of paint is going to be very uneven and patchy looking.  It's ok! Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then move on to the next coat. Oh and be sure to put up your paint, brush and roller so your kitten doesn't have a finger/paw paint party while you're outside planting a new flower! lol! That didn't happen, but it could have if I hadn't picked it all up before going outside.  She was very persistent!
For the second coat, paint it all over again with another thin even coat of paint starting at step one and moving through all the steps until you're finished.  It may look a bit patchy again, but that is just because the paint is still drying.  Be patient and wait for the paint to dry.  I'm telling you this because this is what I ran into because I'm the most impatient person in the world!  Depending on the paint and color you choose, you could need more than two coats.
When you're sure your paint is mostly dried, carefully remove all of the painter's tape, clean up your area and then step back and marvel at your awesome painting talents!  It's so awesome to have that blue pop of color in the hallway now.  It's like having a brand new door!
I did this project the weekend before Halloween so our spooky decor was still up for the pictures.  How do you like it? I love it!

If you see any thing in this picture you'd like to know more about, I have all the links to each project listed on our blog, but if you don't see what you're looking for, just ask and I'll be happy to answer.

Thanks for looking!
Suggested materials:
  • Exterior Paint   (Lowes)
  • Angle Paint Brush   (Lowes)
  • Foam Paint Roller   (Lowes)
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  • Pamela Adams Pamela Adams on Jan 15, 2018
    Did you lightly sand the door first?

  • Karstin Ray Karstin Ray on May 08, 2018

    Do you have any specific tips on taping the oval window, I am pretty anxious about this? Also, on another door in the past the gold plating on my door knob came off and I am very worried about that. I have an expensive door knob that I am worried the tape will ruin. Do you have any advice?

  • Francine Elise Francine Elise on Sep 03, 2018

    Looks great! we are getting new siding next week and I don't want to paint the door yet because then I can truely decide what color options will work best! ( I'm leaning towards a red, but there are so many choices! Would I paint it the same way that is exposed towards the street without worrying about outside air and humidity affecting the drying or consistency?

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  • Candace Henry Candace Henry on Feb 02, 2018
    Looks nice. But I wonder if the two bottom squares and the oblong area around the window had been freshened up with some white or cream paint to give the door some more...

    • DeeDee DeeDee on Feb 02, 2018
      Hi Candace! Thank you! I thought about that, but decided I wanted the door all one color, it's a great idea though! :)

  • Suzanne Tutton Suzanne Tutton on Apr 27, 2018
    Actually, my son had the ingenious idea of painting my front door with a can of spray paint. He merely took it off the hinges, laid it across two ‘saw horses’, and sprayed it in our backyard. It took mere minutes. Since it had no windows, the only thing we had to tape off was the door knob, hinges, and deadbolt. It was dry probably in less than an hour as it was a sunshiny, warm day. It went from a white plain metal door to a beautiful, inviting red. It’s still looked great when I sold my house probably 7 or 8 years later. We just painted the street side of the door and it only took one can of paint. You could paint both sides with two are no more than three cans.

    • DeeDee DeeDee on Apr 27, 2018

      Awesome idea Suzanne, thank you for the tip!