Update your doors with 2 products

Project overview

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and in the same way, intentional entryways can set the tone for a whole room. Follow Monarch’s Renew in 2 step-by-step instructions and DIY your living spaces with this easy-to-follow Renew in 2 Doors project. It only takes 2 products to refresh your doors and begin setting the tone before you even enter a room.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Estimated time: 1 Day
  • People power: 1
  • Budget: Low

Step-by-step

STEP 1: Preparing your brushes

If you’re using water based paint soak your brush in an inch of water for 10-15min, then remove and spin in between your hands to remove excess water. If you’re using oil-based paint, follow the same steps using turps.

STEP 2: Preparing your rollers

Whether you’re using water-based or oil-based paints, rinse your roller in running water and run your hand up and down the roller to get rid of excess lint. Shake the roller. Attach the roller to the frame and spin it quickly off a wall or other flat surface to remove the extra water – just make sure it’s not the wall you’re about to paint!

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STEP 3: Preparing your door

Taking a door down is a tricky business, so we recommend that you leave it up while painting. Remove all handles and fittings, and tape over your hinges to protect them from any paint splatter. If your door is dirty, start by washing off all stains and dirt marks. Then sand all over to remove the lacquer from the current paint, to ensure the new paint adheres properly. Once your surface is smoothed out, wipe it down to remove all traces of dust. Now you’re ready to paint.

STEP 4: Tape around panels

When painting a panel door, treat the whole thing like a jigsaw, painting one panel at a time. If you’re painting your door in different colours, start by using quality painter’s tape to section off the inside and outside edges of your moulding.

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STEP 5: Painting the bevel

The first section you want to paint is the bevel, or the internal part of your moulding. If you’re painting your door in multiple colours, be sure to paint both coats of your first colour and wait until it’s completely dry before painting other sections of your door.

STEP 6: Painting the door

Start by gently taping over your first colour using quality painters tape. The second section to paint is the front part of the moulding. Use either your brush or a small roller. If using a roller, remember to tip off with a brush for a stipple-free finish. Paint all four door panels.

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STEP 7: Painting the vertical panels

Now, paint the two vertical panels that separate your mouldings, using either your brush or your small roller. Make sure you follow the grain of the timber and stay within the lines. Again, if using the roller, remember to tip off with a brush for that smooth finish.

STEP 8: Painting the horizontal panels

Fourth, paint your three horizontal panels, at the top, middle, and bottom of your door. Paint along the grain of the wood and remember to tip off with a brush when you’re done rolling.

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STEP 9: Painting the edges

Lastly, paint the two long sides of the door, including the inside and outside edges.

STEP 10: Second coat

When your first coat is completely dry, apply your second coat. Waiting until the paint is completely dry ensures that your second coat won’t pull up your first coat and create bubbles over your paint surface.

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STEP 11: Using the brush

Starting with your door open, paint along all the edges and cut in along one side. Use your brush for this step, and remember to use long, steady strokes as much as possible.

STEP 12: Using the roller

Load up your roller and roll over the door surface in sections, starting away from the edge. Remember to roll up and down the surface of the door using a light-to-moderate pressure.

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STEP 13: Tip off

Once you’ve covered the whole door, you’ll want to remove any stippling on your paint surface caused by the roller. Using a quality brush (with no paint), make even strokes up and down the whole length of the door to ‘tip off’ the paint. If you’re using a water-based paint, you can use the roller to tip off – just be sure to use smooth, even strokes up and down the whole length of the door.

STEP 14: Apply second coat

When your first coat is completely dry, apply your second coat. Waiting until the paint is completely dry ensures that your second coat won’t pull up your first coat and create bubbles over your paint surface.

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STEP 15: Finishing up

Congratulations, you’re done! If you have any taped areas, gently pull up the tape while your second coat is still tacky. Pour or scrape any leftover paint back into the tin for re-use. Wash your brushes and rollers thoroughly so you can use them for your next project. Store your roller in its plastic container in between projects.

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