Welcome to the 249th Metamorphosis Monday!
One of the most basic DIY jobs we face at one time or another is painting. We’ve all painted a room or two in our time, haven’t we? Paint truly has the ability to transform a space taking it from so-so to sooo beautiful!
I’ve never been afraid to paint walls but doors have always been a bit of a mystery for me. More than once I’ve painted a door to perfection, left it to dry and came back 20 minutes later to admire my handiwork only to find ugly drips running down the door, completely ruining my beautiful paint job.
Each time I wondered, how does this happen?! It looks great when you finish but as soon as you walk away, the paint gremlins come out and stir up trouble. It was a mystery I could never figure out, so over the years I pretty much avoided painting doors whenever possible. I would paint a whole room, including the trim and never touch the door. I just decided door painting was something I was not good at.
Well, this weekend I totally conquered my fear of doors! I have a secret weapon now and it has turned me into a door painting ninja! Remember a few months ago when my screened door did this. It just flat-out broke. Over time, the bottom edge that had apparently never been painted, soaked up water whenever it rained. It began to swell up, causing it to stick occasionally and to finally break.
I purchased a new screened door and after trying a vinyl one, I returned it and went with a wood door since they are very light weight and don’t have a tendency to sag as much as a heavier vinyl door.
I had the screened door professionally installed and one weekend I got to work priming it in anticipation of painting it.
Somewhere during the priming process a little light bulb went off and I realized there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to paint this side of those two bars. The screen was totally in the way.
Ummm, it’s been 5 1/2 years since the porch was built and painted so I had forgotten that the painter who painted the porch, removed the screens from the doors prior to painting them. My contractor had them rescreened by the same person who built the screens for the porch windows.
While I was thinking this problem over, the summer monsoons came to Georgia and I put the screened door painting project on hold. At least the outside was primed so I figured it would be okay.
I’ve had the honor this year of working with True Value as part of their DIY Squad and though I’m not a hard-core “knocking-down walls or ripping out tile” type DIYer, I knew it was time to get this door situation whipped into shape. Since I really didn’t want to paint it the old way using a brush, I decided to try something different.
I ordered this guy from True Value, the Wagner 590 Paint Sprayer. I have to tell you, I. Am. In. Love! I want to kiss Mr. Wagner! He is totally responsible for taking away my door-painting-fears and turning me into a door-painting ninja! I will never try to brush paint a door again!
I was eager to put Mr. Wagner to the test so I started by removing the screened door. I hated to do it since I had paid someone to professionally install it but I came up with an easy way to do it and still keep my professional install.
I removed the screws from the door side and not the porch wall, so it should be pretty easy to re-attach the door after it’s rescreened.
I brought the door out to the garage where I removed the knobs. I left the little eye-hook latch since it wouldn’t interfere with the painting process.
Next I removed the screen. That was easy to do because one of the little black rubbery things that holds the screen in place had already come loose and fallen out across the top of the door. I could put my hand in the edge and just pull it right down since it was missing.
Once I had the door in the garage, I pulled out the rest of the little strips and the screen came right out.
The door was already full primed on one side so I quickly primed the other side. Once the primer was dry, I lightly sanded the whole door. I always like to sand anything made from wood after it’s primed because sometimes primer will raise the grain a bit.
The exterior of my home, including the porch, was painted around five years ago. I remembered I still had some paint left over in the basement. I found it, opened it up and wow, was it thick, like frosting-on-a-cake, thick!
After a bit of research, I discovered latex paint can be thinned out with just water. So there was no need to purchase another can of paint, which was great since I still had almost a gallon left over.
I poured out a good amount of paint into a 4 quart glass measuring bowl and started adding water. I didn’t want to stir it in the can because the can looked a little corroded and I didn’t want that to end up in the paint. After adding water multiple times and a lot of stirring, it finally felt and looked right for painting.
I loaded up Mr. Wagner and headed for the garage.
Before painting, I took a large plastic drop cloth and masking-taped it to the garage wall creating a large painting station.
Painting the door was so easy. I set the sprayer on a narrow spray and adjusted the settings for latex paint and went to work. It only took a minute to paint the door and it came out looking great! I was so emboldened by my first spray-painting job, I decided to go for bigger game!
When my house was painted 5 years ago, somehow the painters missed painting the newly installed kitchen/garage door. The door had been the kind with glass panes on the top half. I never understood why the builder had used that style door leading out to a garage. Looking out into the garage from the breakfast room was never an attractive view so I had shuttered the glass area years ago.
While the porch was under construction, I had the contractor change out that door for a 6-panel door, adding a peep-hole in case I left the garage door up and someone came knocking. I don’t like opening a door unless I know who is on the other side.
Somehow the painters had not thought to paint the garage side of the door when they painted the porch and the exterior of my home. Maybe it’s not considered part of the exterior. I had painted the inside long ago, one of those paint-running attempts that cured me of ever painting doors. But now I was eager to give it a try with Mr. Wagner.
The results were great! I had a few spots that showed a little “orange peel” effect but I know what I did wrong. I stood a bit too far away from the door. The directions recommend you stay about 6-12 inches out from the surface you’re spraying and I forgot that a couple of times. It’s barely noticeable though and now I know to be careful of the distance I am from the surface I’m spraying. It was still wet in the picture below.
The best part is there was not a single drip or run. Not one! I think I’m going to set up a little paint station in the hallway upstairs and tackle all the hall and bedroom doors I’ve ignored over the years. I know I can paint them now and I won’t have to fear the paint gremlins!
Have you ever painted with a sprayer? I am amazed how fast and easy it is! Definitely the way to go when painting doors!
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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