Want to learn how to paint interior doors for a custom look? Over the last few months I have been repainting the doors on our mail level, including our pantry doors, closet doors, and the door to our basement. I still have more to do–but wow, what a difference! This easy DIY has elevated our space and makes our builder grade home look custom. I’ll be sharing the perfect greige paint color, the products I used, and tips for painting interior doors. Let’s get started!

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The Perfect Greige to Paint Interior Doors

How to Paint Interior Doors | Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, greige door, round breakfast table, wishbone chairs, brass pendant light, faux greenery

The door color I chose is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It is a beautiful greige paint color that is not too gray or too beige. I actually had the color matched at Home Depot because I always use the Behr Marquee line.

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My local 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 Interior Doors

These are the products I used to paint our interior doors:

  1. 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 coats with my paint brush.
  2. 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.
  3. Dish sponge or soft microfiber cloth and a little dish soap to clean door.
  4. 220 sandpaper block
  5. Tack cloth
  6. Painters tape
  7. 1-1/2 in paint brush
  8. Mini paint roller frame and paint roller
  9. Metal paint tray and plastic liners
  10. Plastic drop cloth or canvas drop cloth

How to Paint Interior Doors (Step By Step)

How to Paint Interior Doors, easy DIY painted door, door lined with painters tape, prepping a door to paint

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.

1. Determine the Existing Paint Type

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.

Paint Interior Doors Safely

If your interior 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.

2. Prep Interior Doors

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.

Next, lightly sand the door. I skipped this step with my front door, and it hasn’t 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.

Finally, use the tack cloth to remove all dust from the door, and use a damp cloth to wipe off the floor if necessary.

3. Tape Around Door Trim and 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 remove the doorknobs if you prefer.

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.

4. Prep the Paint and Floor

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.

5. Paint Interior Doors

If you are painting the door trim, begin there with the paintbrush. Carefully paint around the hinges, taking care not to let paint drip while doing this detail work. We will do a second coat later if necessary.

Next, use the paintbrush on the recessed cutouts around the panels on the door, and the sides of the door.

Finally, use the small roller on the panels and the rest of the door (rails, stiles, and mullions). Basically you are using the roller on all of the raised, flat parts of the door!

6. Lightly Sand and Repeat

After allowing the paint to dry, lightly sand with a fine grit sanding block (I used 220) and paint a second coat. If you are using Behr’s Marquee line like me, you probably won’t need a full second coat since the paint covers so well.

7. Final Steps

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. That is the beauty of painting DIYs–mistakes are usually easy to fix.

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.

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Have you painted your interior 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,

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14 Comments

  1. What color did you use on the walls , Both colors look incredible together

    1. Thank you Annette! The walls are Polar Bear by Behr Paint, in eggshell.

  2. Did you paint any of the other trim in the house revere pewter or just the trim around the doors? If not, what color is your trim?

    1. Hi Jaime! I did not paint the rest of our trim Revere Pewter. It is still the white from the builder; not sure what it is, but probably just a pure white. However, I LOVE the look of contrasting trim and have considered it! I like both looks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello!
    Love the color you chose. I am considering painting my white doors the same color. Curious! Did you paint the interior side of your front entry door?
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much Meg! I’m really happy with the color! I did not paint the interior of my front door because I already painted that one black! Hope that helps.

  4. Hi! Did you paint both sides of the door or just the one side facing out? I’m having our doors painted pale oak by BM but just can decide if I do both sides or just one?

    1. Hi Cara! I painted both sides of the door. But if you feel the new door color will clash with one of your rooms, you could definitely leave one side white, or paint it a different color!

  5. Loving the painted doors. Our walls are Agreeable Grey- would a darker color still look as good as your doors look against the lighter walls? Any suggestion on color, if so?

    1. Hi Kathryn! Thanks for the comment. Agreeable Gray is such a pretty color! I do think it is too close to Revere Pewter to use both in the same room, but you could check out this page for coordinating darker colors to use for your doors. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi! Did you also paint the trim on the inside of the door frame too? Or just the outside trim that is showing when the door is closed?

    1. Hi Karol! Thanks for the question. If it is a closet, you do not need to paint the trim on the inside of the door frame if you don’t want to! If it is a pass through door, I would paint the trim the same color as that side of the door. So if you are painting both sides of the door then yes, I would paint all of the trim. Hope that helps!

  7. Michele Foster says:

    You answered all my questions! I love your post because itโ€™s the first time Iโ€™ve seen only painting the trim around the door instead of all the house trim and I feel that is more reasonable for me to do and the hubby to like. I will still try it out on a few basement doors first though. I also have Agreeable Gray on my main floor as my main neutral but am thinking of going a smidge lighter with BM Classic Gray. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment Michele! Yes, I also felt that it was more manageable to only paint the door trim. I still have a few doors to do myself! Happy painting ๐Ÿ™‚

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