How to Get a Smooth Finish Without a Paint Sprayer
I shared a little while ago about updating Mary Helen’s nursery into a shared kids room for her and Gus. One thing that wasn’t exactly on the mood board I shared was about painting their closet door. And it’s complete!
I know I’ve been showing my paint sprayer on several projects lately, but I know not everyone has access to one! So today I’m sharing how to get a sprayer-smooth finish with a paint roller!
- (3) 3-inch screws
- semi-gloss interior paint
- 6″ high-density foam roller
- paint brush
- painter’s tape
Lay it Flat-Tip #1
I’ve always found it easier to lay a door flat to paint it. You don’t have to worry about drips and I feel like it’s just easier to see it and work something rather than under it.
But the trick to laying it flat is to use (3) 3″ screws and sawhorses. 2 in the top of the door and 1 centered in the bottom. Then you lay the screws on the sawhorses. Once you’re done with the first coat on one side, pick up the door by the 2 top screws and rotate it on the bottom screw. Then you’re ready to paint the second side, no more waiting for the first side to dry!
When it’s all said and done, you’ll never see the small holes left behind from the screws…until the next time you go to paint your door.?
Paint with Foam-Tip #2
Paint any creases, intricate molding, and corners with a regular paint brush before rolling surrounding areas with your foam roller.
Other than using the foam roller cover, the action is the same as a regular roller! I like to slap the paint on one section of the door and then smooth it out with one long stroke of the roller. To make sure you don’t leave any lap lines behind, lightly roll over them when you don’t have much paint left on the roller.
Let It Dry-Tip #3
A lot of times, people will rush after they’ve finished painting to re-install hinges and hardware. But I beg you to wait an hour or so! If you do it too soon, the hardware will indent in the paint and become stuck. While this really isn’t that big of a deal if you’re not changing out your hardware anytime soon, it can peel the paint when you do remove them next!
Painter’s Tape-Tip #4
After your door is dry and you’ve re-installed the hardware, carefully hang your door back up! But before you close it, add some painter’s tape to the face of your door jamb. So when the door is closed, the fresh paint is not touching the door frame anywhere. If it does touch and it’s not fully cured, the old paint on the door frame can pull off the new paint on the door itself. Not cool, bro!
So what are your thoughts on painted closet doors? I know they aren’t for everyone! Are you a all-doors-have-to-be-the-same purist? I’ll admit I used to be one, but now I’m living the navy blue door life and loving it!☺️Ha!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
Lori Harper says
I love it and I’m a big fan of navy, also! I painted a couple of my interior doors gray but I may get a little more bold now that I have seen this gorgeous navy. Thanks for the tips!
I have leaver handles on my doors, what a pain to remove haven’t done that yet was wondering if your painting all four edges around the door with your blue paint, but since its an indoor guess not. esp. if its an outside door like mine are, also not just the front and are you painting both sides?
ONLY HAVE AUDIO NO VIDEO don’t know why….Thanks
If your door was an outside door would you paint all four sides of it? I also have leaver handles which I think would be a pain to remove and get back on….No chipping they are perfect and metal facing East which I hope they do not fade.
I know Jodie Marks showed a Gel type paint a while ago but cannot find it any where I thought this would be good for an East facing door where it gets extremely HOT!!
By the way I cannot get video only audio..
Great video Chelsea! Just one question – how did you keep from getting blue paint on your pretty light colored top?
Very timely information. I have done a lot of painting over the years which included doors, but your method is genius and so welcomed. I have just moved to a house that has 22 doors, all of which need painting (they are new doors). Now I am looking forward (kinda) to tackling this chore which will cut my time in half.
Dolores Turnwall says
Not clear on where the screws actually are to be but, especially since I have a metal front door.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
Maybe some self-tapping metal screws? 2 screws on the top and 1 screw centered on the bottom. Hope that helps ~Chelsea