How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Nearly as soon as we purchased this house, we talked about adding french doors to this entrance.

Thirty pretty panes letting in the light and airiness.

A less expensive way to add French Doors to your home is to purchase unfinished ones.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

To paint your doors, you will need to lie them flat across two workhorses and remove all the hardware.

Do NOT remove the plastic that is covering the glass!! You will be sorry!   How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Lightly sand all the surfaces and edges. I used a very high-grit sanding “sponge” we used for finishing the kitchen island and sideboard.

Then I primed the doors with Kilz primer, for the best protection from bleed-through. I gave each side two thin coats, letting it dry fully between coats.

No worries if you get paint all over the glass area – this is why you want to leave the plastic ON.

Then you will want to paint your doors. I used our trim paint – Valspar Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Give each side two thin coats – use thin coats to avoid paint clumps and globs.

Make sure the side is fully dry before flipping it over to paint the other side.

Do not paint the area where the hinges will go except for one quick swipe – the paint buildup will prevent the hinges from sitting in the notch correctly. You may need to cut some paint out of the hinge at the end if it is not sitting the right way. You might not actually need to paint them at all.

When you have painted everything to your satisfaction, use a razor blade to cut off the plastic in each pane of glass.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then re-hang the doors on the door frame. I did my final paint touch-up with the doors hanging.

Any paint you get on the glass can now be scraped off with a razor blade.

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

Then you will add your knob. Determine how high you’d like it (the average is 36″ from the ground).

Then sit back and appreciate that you just save a few hundred dollars. : )

How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

This room is SO close to being finished – I can’t wait to take up the floor paper. Then we can really celebrate!

I’m off to Atlanta for the week for work – talk you y’all later!

Have you been to Atlanta before? This is a first time for me!

6 thoughts on “How to Paint Unfinished French Doors

  1. Pingback: DesignLively: My DIY Living Room | DesignLively

  2. Pingback: Your Favorite DesignLively Posts of 2013 | DesignLively

Leave a Comment:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s