Decoration Tips for painting a door
Here is a simple way to
dress up any wooden door in your home. Just follow these
easy directions, and you will soon have an artistic
enhancement to any room! Here is a list of all the
supplies that you will need:
Very fine sandpaper
Flat, white interior house paint
4 inch wide soft bristled paint brush
Small paint brushes for details
Several small bottles of acrylic craft paints in varying
shades in the colors of your choice
Jars or large glasses for water
paint pens in a variety of colors - Don’t forget black,
which is a great color for outlining cartoonist designs.
11.Clear, semi-gloss, poly acrylic paint - This can be found
at most hardware and paint stores, and is very convenient
for it is water soluble and has no fumes. Polyurethane
paints are oil based and can only be applied out of doors,
so avoid those kinds.
Now you are ready to begin! Here are the steps you need to
take in order to have a wonderful artistic addition to
Draw your design on a piece of paper with the pencil.
Planning ahead is very important.
Spread the drop cloth around the floor under the door.
Use the large paint brush and the white paint to cover the
area that is to be painted upon.
Let the white paint dry for a few hours.
Transfer your pre-drawn image to the door surface using
the pencil directly onto the door. Periodically step away
from the image to make sure the proportions are correct.
Fill in the outlined shapes with the colors of your
choice. This is where the acrylic craft paints come in!
Also, use the smaller paint brushes for application, and
leave them in the water jars in order to preserve the
Outline the painted shapes with the paint pens.
Let this dry completely for a few hours.
Coat with the clear finish.
Immediately and thoroughly wash out the paint brushes.
You are all done!
Handy Tips, Advices, Ideas &
paint tray with aluminum foil. When it’s time to clean
up, just roll up the foil and throw away.
To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the
rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against
the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid
covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit
the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint
and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will
take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom
of the can.
When painting trim around windows, doorways etc. try
using stiff paper to cover the area you don’t want
painted. (An old phone book cover works well.) Slide
paper along as you paint. It’s much faster and more
economical than using masking tape. Works well with
either a roller or brush.
When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so
that you have the exact color with you and can match
accessories in stores.
When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush
bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more
Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with
masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim
will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to
rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl
and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not
synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of
thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron.
The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light
pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you
unwrap the brush.
When painting old woodwork, fill in the holes or cracks
with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are
using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.
When painting stairs, paint every other step first. When
these are dry, paint the rest.
To avoid cleaning paint brushes and rollers if you
intend to use the same color later, or if you do not
have time to clean immediately, place the brushes and
rollers in a plastic bag, tie shut and place in the
freezer. They will keep for several days without drying