If you feel that your front door is feeling a bit drab and could use an update, consider painting it. Painting a six panel door requires a specific painting technique to ensure that the paint dries evenly and you get an even coat of paint on the door. Learn how to paint your front door like a professional with the following guide.

Supplies Needed

  • Latex Paint
  • 180-Grit Sandpaper
  • A Paintbrush
  • Painter's Tape
  • A Rag
  • Water
  • Paint Pan
  • Paint Roller

Sand the Door

Lightly sand the front of the door with the sandpaper so that the paint can stick easily. After the door has been sanded, wet the rag with the water, and wash the dust from the door.

Protect the Knob and Locks

Use the painter's tape to protect the door knob and lock from the paint. Be sure that the edges that are closest to the door are pressed against the knob and lock as much as they can so that no paint seeps under it.

Paint the Panels of the Door

When painting a paneled door, you need to paint the small panels that are built into the door before painting the larger portions of the door. These small sections take longer to paint and need to be painted first so that they will be dry by the time you are done painting the rest of the door. Pour paint into the paint pan and use the paint roller to roll paint onto the center portion of each smaller panel. Use the paint brush to apply paint to the edges and crevices of the panels.

Paint the Center Portion of the Door

Use the roller to paint the center of the door in vertical motions. Be sure that you apply the paint as evenly as you can to ensure that there are no obvious streaks in the paint when you are finished.

Paint the Horizontal Portions of the Door

Use the roller to apply paint to the two horizontal portions located in the center of the door. Hold the roller so that it rolls the paint on in a horizontal fashion, rather than using vertical strokes. If you use vertical strokes, streaks will be made in the paint that will show where one stroke started and one stopped.

Paint the Frame of the Door

Paint the rest of the outer edges of the door with the paint. Use vertical strokes on the sides of the door and horizontal strokes on the top and bottom portion of the door.

Allow the paint to dry overnight and then remove the tape from the knob and the lock. The door will have an updated look without you needing to invest a ton of money.