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Our family room was painted almost two years ago and for some reason, I never painted the door leading to our porch. It’s a traditional steel door with a full glass window. Many people over look painting the interior part of their door and honestly, I did as well. How to paint a door is simple and a quick and easy way to add color to a space.
When 3M asked if I would be willing to share a paint project using their fabulous painters tape plastic, I knew painting the door in our family room was the perfect project.
The back door, as you can see, is scuffed and a bit dirty from everyday life but more so from our two large dogs. The dogs tend to scratch at the door and the bull mastiff loves to wipe his slobbery face all over the door.
So lets get painting.
ScotchBlue™ Pre-taped Painters Plastic (24”)
3M Scotch Blue Painters Tape for Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector ( 1 inch )
3M 180/fine sand paper
I had never used the pre-taped painter’s plastic before and I must say, it works like a charm.
I taped the plastic right up close to the door on the carpet and simply pulled the plastic outward to extend over the carpet.
The plastic is folded up nicely underneath and all you do is pull it out.
I wanted the blue taped portion snug right up against the door so I ended up doing two layers of plastic because the door has a small indent.
If you have ever painted close to the carpet, you know the importance of ensuring that the carpet is covered, even in the tiny cracks. Paint on carpet is never a good thing :(. This pre taped plastic is perfect for those tiny small areas. I used ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape for Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector to tape off the window, door knob and hinges and used 3M 180/fine sandpaper to soften the scratches as well as remove the grim.
I decided that a dark gray color would look nice against the Wythe Blue on the walls. I also used a semi gloss finish because the door is used on a regular basis and needs to be cleaned often. If you don’t want a shiny finish, a satin or egg shell may be a better option. I find that semi gloss cleans up easily and always looks fresh and clean, especially on a door.
If you take the time to do the proper prep work, the painting part is so much easier. I also used a painters tarp to cover the remaining part of the carpet. Like I said, paint on carpet is not good.
Such an improvement, don’t you think?
Why didn’t I do this soon? I love the gray color against the wide pine planks and blue/green wall.
Painting an interior door is really one of the simplest ways to add a pop of color in an unexpected place. My dad said, “what was wrong with the white door?” There was nothing wrong with the white door but I must say, I love having a color now on the door. This post on how to paint a door was sponsored by 3M. All opinions and words are 100% my own. I am ready to tackle painting the rest of our interior doors fun bright colors :).
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