Looking for an affordable way to elevate a builder grade home? Come learn how to paint interior doors for a custom look. I’m also sharing the perfect shade of greige paint!
Hi friends! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently painted two more of our interior doors. I started a few months ago with the pantry doors (above), and last week I completed the basement and bathroom doors! This simple DIY has elevated our space and made our builder basic home look more custom. I still have more to do on our main level–and honestly, doubt I will even attempt the second floor with all of the rooms and closets!–but feel that I have learned a lot and wanted to put together a how to post for you all. I’ll be sharing the perfect greige paint color, products I used, and tips for painting interior doors. Let’s get started!
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Interior Door Paint Color and Supplies
The Perfect Greige
The door color I chose is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It is a beautiful greige paint color that is neither too gray or too beige. I actually had the color matched at Home Depot because I always use the Behr Marquee line. My Home Depot has Ben Moore formulas on file–not sure if this is true of every store, but it makes the process very simple. Just ask at the paint counter!
If you would like to compare a similar color, I have also heard good things about Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. The colors appear very close online, with Revere Pewter being the cooler tone and Accessible Beige being a bit warmer.
Supplies Needed for Painting a Door
These are the products I used!
- Paint: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore color matched in Behr Marquee paint (satin finish). Since it is not a Marquee color, it is not guaranteed to be one coat, but it still covers very well and the durability is great. I needed 1.5 coats with my roller, and 2 with my paint brush.
- Paint can necessities: Make sure you have a stir stick and the appropriate opener so you aren’t stuck when you get home! These are provided for free at the paint counter.
- Dish sponge or soft microfiber cloth and a little dish soap to clean door
- 220 sandpaper block
- Tack cloth
- Painters tape
- 1-1/2 in paint brush
- Mini paint roller frame and paint roller
- Metal paint tray and plastic liners
- Plastic drop cloth or canvas drop cloth
How to Paint Interior Doors (Step By Step)
Now I will share the method I have used to paint interior doors! I am by no means a professional or an expert, but hope you find it helpful!
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your doors were painted before the 80s, the existing paint may contain lead. If this is a possibility, be sure to contact a professional to ensure your safety.
- Determine the existing type of paint. Your doors may be painted with either oil or latex based paint. Use a cotton ball or cloth and a little rubbing alcohol and rub it on the door. If the paint rubs off, that means you are dealing with latex paint, which makes things easier. If the paint does not come off, that means it is oil-based and you will need to follow additional steps. Our home is only a few years old and the existing paint is latex.
- Clean the door. Use a clean dish sponge or microfiber cloth with a little dish soap to wash the door, then wipe down again with water. This will remove dirt and oils and help the new paint adhere.
- Lightly sand the door. I skipped this step with my front door, and it has not held up as well as the pantry doors despite the fact that we rarely use it. So, I highly recommend sanding! I used a 220 sandpaper block.
- Wipe down the door. Use the tack cloth to remove all dust from the door, and use a damp cloth to wipe off the floor if necessary.
- Tape around the trim and door hardware. The photos above show how I covered the door hinges. You can carefully use a utility knife to cut around the hinges. In this case I taped around the doorknob, but you can also remove it. Be sure to rub the tape down well.
- Prep paint and work area. Put down a drop cloth to protect your floor. Use a stir stick to mix the paint. If your paint is older (mine was from a few months prior) you will need to mix very well, being sure the scrape the bottom of the can. Place one of the plastic liners into the metal paint tray, and pour in some paint.
- Begin with the paintbrush on trim and details. I decided to paint the door trim as well, so I began there. If you are only painting one side the the door, you should tape off the piece of trim that stops the door when it closes (this is where you want the new color to stop). After completing the trim, I also used my brush on the cut outs around the panels.
- Use the small roller on the panels and the rest of the door. I also go over the cut outs to make everything blend well. Don’t forget to paint the side of the door!
- Allow paint to dry, then lightly sand and repeat. If you are using Behr’s Marquee line like me, you will probably not need a full second coat since the paint covers so well.
- Remove tape while the paint is still damp to prevent peeling. And enjoy your transformed space!
You may be able to tell that I need to do a few touch ups! It was a challenge to tape and paint the trim right next to the wall, and I wasn’t as careful as I should have been, oh well! Another day I will get out my wall paint (Polar Bear by Behr) and fix it up. I am so happy with the beautiful greige doors and how they have warmed up our space and elevated the look. I’m working on a new gallery wall around the Nest thermostat to share soon!
Have you painted your doors? Do you think you will try it? Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you follow this tutorial, and feel free to leave any questions below! XO,