Painting Panels

“Just need someone painted, aha..”

Okay so today’s task has actually been spread out over several days, as I’ve had to let the layers of paint dry fully before adding another coat.

I had my bathroom refitted and redecorated several years ago now, from a nasty dark greenish colour to clean white on all the walls and laminated splash boards.

This small room is now much more airy and light, except for the back of the door which somehow missed the memo and consequently did not get painted. It has been a dull off-white colour ever since.

Until now that is! I have finally got a round tuit! Hurrah!

Right then! To paint a door you will need:

  • Some paint
  • A brush
  • A stirry thing
  • A thing to open the paint pot
  • Lots and lots of newspaper (if you’re anything like me)
  • A plastic bag and masking tape

R-L paint, paintbrush, screwdriver, dowel and newspapers

In my case this equated to a pot of gloss paint, a brush, an old screwdriver to open the paint pot, and a old length of dowel to stir the paint. I really do think it’s worth investing in a good-quality brush and making sure it’s kept clean and dry with the wrapping around the bristles to keep them straight and undamaged. My gloss paint is a water-soluble type, which also minimises faffage, as the brush can be cleaned in the sink with water, rather than outside with jars of turpentine.

I forgot to take photos, but before I did anything I carefully unscrewed the door handle away from the wood, so that I could slip a plastic bag behind it. I then wrapped the handle in the plastic and then taped it up, so that no paint would get on handle, and so the paint would continue smoothly under the handle. I similarly used masking tape on the door hinges, taping each part of the hinge separately, so that opening and closing the door would not loosen the tape.

When painting wood with a grain, such as a panelled door, it’s best to start with the smallest parts and work your way out to the larger areas of wood.


Starting with the smallest inset panels

I began in the centre of the smallest inset panels at the top the door, making sure I had an even cover of paint all over the centre of the panel, before working my way out to the edges of the panelling. Once I felt the area was evenly covered with new paint I drew my brush along the grain of the wood so that no brush strokes could be seen. It’s important to work pretty fast when doing this as the paint will get tacky quickly and your brush strokes are more likely to be seen.

Once I’d finished the first inset panel, I then moved quickly to repeat the process on the other five inset panels.


This picture was taken later, but you can see here two of the large inset panels

Once I had finished painting all of the inset panels, making sure the brushstrokes went along the grain of the wood each time, I then began painting the main door panels. Again I started with the shortest, in this case, those lengths running horizontal between the inset panels.


Oopsies, I missed a bit! A small area where I hadn’t finished the paint along the wood grain

Again I worked quickly making sure that there was an even cover of paint across the whole stretch, before then making my final brushstrokes along the grain, careful to avoid the inset panels I already finished, as this paint was, by now, tacky and I would have left brush marks in the paint.

Finally, only the three long panels to the left, right, and middle of the door remained, running vertical up and down the height of the door. Once I finished the door I left it overnight, before returning and doing the exact same thing again: to give it a second coat. I left it at that but it would have happily taken a third coat without looking like the paint had been plastered on. The trick is to have many thin coats, rather than fewer heavily daubed coats which will lose the texture and grain of the wood.

I said I was painting the door, I didn’t say anything about the door surrounds! I’ll do those when I get another round tuit…


About Hannah Wiggins

An ICT specialist, musician, landscape archaeologist, linguist and crochet enthusiast with over 40 years' life experience packed with constant adventure and learning. Articulate, dedicated and passionate in everything I do.
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