Painting trim and the way we paint interior doors
Did you see that clever title? Yeah. It’s not ironic or anything.
Lately we’ve been working on Weston’s room. He’s officially in there. Officially in an unofficially unfinished room. I can’t wait to officially finish it. It’s gonna be my favorite room. ever. I think. I hope. I’m pretty officially unsure.
So the room started off a wonderful shade of the brightest blue ever. It was like a Smurf vomited up Katy Perry’s hair circa 2012 onto the walls. The trim was a mess.
So we repainted. It’s Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan. It’s the same shade we used in the kitchen but it reads COMPLETELY different in this space. It’s funny how paint does that….reads different in different light.
So it came time to paint all the trim. The wall color looked terrible against the old trim color but I was hoping that with a fresh white coat (or four), the trim would make the gray walls pop a little more and create an overall cleaner effect.
But first it required some major sanding.
My mom came over to help. She did all the ladder stuff (I swear my fear of heights is getting worse and the thought of being up there around the entire room was chilling to the bone).
I did all the trim on the floor and the doors and windows. In order not to get it on the carpet, I had a few big pieces of cardboard that I slid underneath the trim while I painted the rest. .
We also had to paint the ceiling. Once the trim was done, the ceiling was looking so very creamy tan. It was in obvious need of a fresh coat of white. This picture is a horrible color representation but you can see that the ceiling was almost as dark as the walls.
Okay…now onto the “painting doors tutorial”. It’s really quite easy.
First you want to paint all the trimwork and leave the door. Second…use a primer because doors are one of those areas that get touched A LOT and primer helps with any greasiness or whatever is left over. Third….paint in the right order.
I paint the most recessed areas first. Use uber thin coats. It will cut down on drippage.
Then paint inside the recessed panels. Again…watch for drips and after the full area is coated, take a slightly paint-dipped brush and drag lightly the full length of the panels so that you don’t have brush marks.
Then paint the horizontal panels. Make sure you use the paint brush with horizontal motions and again…lightly drag at the end so that you have minimal brush strokes.
Last you wanna do the full vertical panels.
Then after you are finished, check for any drips in the corners or any overtly thick spots (you wanna thin those out so that you can get the best coverage and the smoothest finish).
And that’s it! You are officially done with this post