Repainting bedroom and wardrobe doors

How to Repaint Bedroom Doors

Repainting replacement wardrobe doors is an inexpensive and creative way to give a bedroom a completely new feel and a top DIY bedroom idea. After a while, wardrobes can start to look a bit dull as they lose their original fresh feel. Whether you have handleless, high gloss, shaker style wardrobe doors or even woodgrain bedroom doors, you can get very creative in your repainting.

This guide will show you how you can repaint your wardrobe doors – all you need to do is follow the steps below.


Select a complementary colour scheme

When you want to change the colour of your bedroom doors, you need to select a colour that matches the tones already in the room. This will give your bedroom a coordinated feel. Here are a few styles to consider:

  • Monochromatic schemes: Colours from the same family will complement each other quite naturally. Different shades of the same colour can create excellent accents when you paint the closet doors.
  • Cool Colour Tones: Blue base colours are considered “cool” as most people associate the colour with cooler things. Blue is also seen as a relaxing colour, which makes it perfect for the bedroom.
  • Muted Colours: Selecting subdued tones for your wardrobe doors gives a bedroom a soothing quality. This will also help with making it easier for you to relax.
  • Neutral Hues: Colours such as brown, grey and cream are considered neutral. If a colour has a less saturated intensity the more neutral it is. These colours always mix well with others which allows you to change the feel of the room with the change in seasons.


Prepare your bedroom doors for repainting

Steps must be taken to make sure that any closet door paint job looks professional. You also want the paint job to last long after completion.

  • It is very helpful to remove the door from its hinges and if possible, set the door upon two sawhorses. This makes painting the top and bottom of the wardrobe door much easier. Alternatively, you can paint the door without removing it from the wardrobe.
  • Gently sand the door. This can be done with 120-grit paper. This successfully prepares the surface for paint. Don’t remove all the existing finish on the door.
  • The next step is to wash the door with a diluted detergent solution. Use a damp cloth and wipe the door down. Let the surface dry thoroughly afterwards.
  • Make sure that you protect door handles or other hardware. Metal fixtures should be removed from the door or covered by masking tape before painting begins.
  • The last preparatory step is to decide if the closet door needs a primer coat. A primer coat is needed if the door is a dark colour and you want it a lighter shade. A primer coat is also needed if the door was previously painted in oil and you want to use latex paint.


Repaint your wardrobe door

Now you are ready to paint your wardrobe door. Most wardrobe doors are flat so they will be easy for you to paint. Some doors may have multiple panels which requires a special technique of painting. If you have intricate doors, it is best to follow a painting pattern to produce high-quality results.

  • Always paint the panels first. A small roller can cover most of the panel surfaces. Touch these up afterwards with a brush. Paint along the wood grain as it will highlight the grain and give you a cleaner look.
  • Vertically and with a roller paint the vertical stile in the middle of the door that runs between the panels.
  • Place the door horizontally. With a roller, paint the horizontal rails in the middle of the door.
  • Next paint the two outside stiles vertically. Do this from top to bottom.
  • Paint the header and footer panels between the outside stiles and panels horizontally. Use a brush or roller.
  • With a roller, apply a thin film of paint along the edge of the door. Spread the paint evenly with a brush.
  • Before adding a second coat to the door, let it dry completely.
  • If you are repainting a flat wardrobe door, use a roller to speed up the process. Apply paint evenly. Make sure you don’t leave roller lines on the surface.
  • Lastly, paint the other side of the door.

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