When it comes to DIY painting, I always hear my friends complain about how they just let their doors be because painting it would take a whole day and a whole lot of energy. They’re not entirely wrong but with the right knowledge and skills, anyone can learn and have fun doing it. It might be a heavy work at first for your non-pro self – no worries. Boysen is here to give you an easy to follow step by step guide on how to paint your doors.

To start, prepare everything you’ll need for the project.

The usual reason why painting doors scares many people is the hassle of uninstalling it from the door frame. For this tutorial, Boysen will show you how to paint it in place. But first, make sure that the whole area is secured and your pets are in their cages for the time being. Lay a drop cloth or newspaper on the floor just in case the paint makes its way down there. Better if you read this first to know everything that could go wrong with DIY painting and how to avoid it like a pro.

Are you ready?

Step 1: Remove door accessories

Start by detaching door knockers, doorknobs, door locks and handles and other door accessories using a screwdriver. It can be tiring but it’s much easier than removing the whole door and then detaching the accessories. Another thing you can do is cover the hardware with newspaper to prevent unwanted paint splashes. But we say just remove it. You. Start moving. Now.

Step 2: Prepare the surface

Prepare the door you’re going to paint by sanding the surface to remove old paint. Then wipe it down with a clean rag afterward. Fill holes with putty if necessary. This will smoothen out the door and will help the paint stick better. Read these guidelines to know how to properly and effectively prepare new and old wooden surfaces.

Step 3: Apply Primer

Now this is optional. If you choose to have a natural-looking wooden door, drop the primer. Boysen has a line of specialized products that can help you achieve this finish effortlessly, take Boysen Xyladecor for example. But, if you’re going for a specific look or color, make sure to follow the proper painting system by applying the primer first before the topcoat. Wait for it to dry and then sand the surface to correct imperfections.

Step 4: Start painting

Once done with the preparations, you can start painting your door with your choice of color. Start with the edges, working around it in a uniform direction. If you have paneled doors, use a brush to paint it from inside out. Once done, use a foam roller to paint the rest of the door. Foam rollers spread a thinner coat of paint so you might need another coat. Take note, be careful not to load too much paint on the roller to avoid drips. We don’t want them, and you don’t either.

Step 5: Wrap it up

Wait for the paint to completely dry before reattaching your door accessories. Clean up your work area and take your freshly painted front door to the ‘gram! 

Important note: Although the actual painting will only take you about an hour or two, the whole process is a whole day job. We suggest you start your day early so it’ll be dry when dinner’s ready.

Boysen products you can use

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Boysen Quick Drying Enamel – an alkyd type fast-drying paint that provides extra durability and is formulated to give a tough and beautiful finish on wood. It offers a variety of bold colors fit for interior and exterior wooden surfaces.

Boysen Xyladecor – a solvent-based, deep penetrating type of stain that combines decorative, water repellent and wood-preserving properties in one product. It emphasizes the grain, bringing out the natural beauty in any kind of wood, both used for interiors and exteriors. You can top it with Hudson Timbercoat Polyurethane for further protection against scratches and water damage.

Boysen Acrytex –  an acrylic solvent-based coating that helps prevent water seepage and is noted for its long-term durability. It forms a seamless, non-porous, water-tight film that repels water and inhibits the formation of stain on woods.

Knock! Knock! It’s door renovation and repainting calling – it’s looking for you. Boysen made it easier for you to choose your door peg, check out these 8 Exterior Painting Ideas for Front Doors to get started.

Need professional help? Send an email to ask@myboysen.com or call (02) 363-9738 local 417 to 418 for a one-on-one consultation.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.

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