Painting Doors, starting from white

I have set myself the goal of painting all our internal doors.

I have some left over paint from the kitchen makeover I have done a couple of months ago.The furniture paint I used for that project was Rust-Oleum furniture paint, classified toy-safe. It really doesn’t smell that much and the satin finush is quite lovely. So I have decided to use it for painting the doors too.

I have read somewhere of this ‘life hack’ of using an elastic band to clean the brush  from the excess paint. It works beautifully!

EQUIPMENT

  • Doors
  • Small paint brush (I used one from the Ikea kids sections)
  • Medium paint brush (a more formal Hamilton speciment)
  • A messy mat
  • Screwdriver 

DIRECTIONS

  • Remove the hardware from the door if possible
  • Clean the door with a dump cloth
  • If you have a panel door, start painting the internal corners of one panel, then complete the panel. 
  • Repeat for each panel.
  • Then paint the rest of the side of the door.
  • Give a second coat if necessary.
  • Let it dry.

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    Kitchen makeover

    A couple of months ago we moved into a lovely old Victorian house. The tall ceilings and the exposed wooden floor make it really homey.

    Though, the process of buying a house in the UK is tiresome and very stressful (it took us 40 very long weeks to get the keys!). I was a complete wreck when we finally moved and was obviously even more tired for the actual removal.

    I needed a very long therapy after all these stressful months, so I decided to paint the kitchen cupboards (if that makes sense).

    It took me a long while before I could decide the colors and the kind of paint. I have been flattered by all the chalk paint wave, but the thought of waxing and the costs involved were arguments too strong. Then I bumped into RustOleum furniture satin finish! This paint is amazing. Like the chalk paint, no need to sand, actually hardly any prep at all (just a good clean). But differently than the chalk paint, no waxing involved. I did add a protective layer around the kitchen hob, but otherwise left it bare.

    The paint is very easy to apply with a mini roller and for tiny inaccessible ppaces I used an Ikea paintbrush (from the kids sections.

    Also I painted the cupboards without removing them, which made the process even easier and quicker.

    EQUIPMENT NEEDED

    • Cleansing products
    • Masking tape
    • Rust-Oleum furniture paint satin finish (they also do Gloss finish)
    • Mini roll and tray
    • Small paintbrush
    • Newspapers to protect the floor.

    DIRECTIONS

    • Clean all the surfaces 
    • Whenever possible, remove the hardware. In my case it was just handles (I could not remove the ones from the dishwasher or fridge, so I carefully painted around them).
    • Apply the masking tape wherever needed. I decided to paint only the external side of the cupboards, so I taped all the internal perimeters.
    • If you have cuobiard doors with different layers, complete one layer at a time. Use the small paintbrush to reach the edge between layers and complete the big areas with the small roller.
    • Do at least two coats (for the white paint I did 3 coats).
    • Enjoy the results!

    I am not a skilful painter, but this paintis very forgiving. The brush/roller strokes blend and the result is a very smooth surface.