Painting closet doors

These faded closet doors in David’s room needed to be painted. They were the original doors that were installed in 1963 when our house was built:

old closet doors, color bowls 002-A

When I asked David to paint the doors, he balked. He said that removing the doors, taking them to the garage for painting, and then reattaching the doors on the closet tracks would be extremely difficult for him.  He would have to hire a handy man to help him.

After thinking about this, I suggested that he simply paint the doors without removing them from the closet.

I told him to buy semi-gloss medium brown paint from Home Depot. He showed me various shades of brown on the computer.  I picked a shade, and he printed the picture.  He took the picture to Home Depot, where the salesman punched the code on the computer and the paint was mixed and shaken.  David paid around $40.00 for a gallon of Behr exterior paint.  We felt that exterior paint would cover the doors with one coat, whereas interior paint was too thin and would necessitate several coats.

I chose medium brown, because white would show the dirt.  Medium brown meant less maintenance.

Here’s a series of photos, showing the progress of this paint job. It took David two hours to paint the closet doors in his room.

He removed the clothing from the closet, laid tarp on the floor, taped the door knobs and surrounding walls, and then dusted the slats:

Painted closet doors 004-A

Here he is painting the doors:

Painted closet doors 010-A

Painted closet doors 012-A

And here is the finished product:

Painted closet doors 021-A

So much better! Next, he plans to paint the closet doors in the guest room.

10 Responses to “Painting closet doors”

  1. DJan Says:

    They look great! David did a super job. You’re lucky to have such a good handyman around. 🙂

  2. Olga Says:

    What a nice job he did and now he is on a roll!

  3. Snoskred Says:

    The exterior paint we used on our chook pen has been under virtual attack on multiple fronts for several years now, and I am amazed at how well it has held up. 🙂

  4. Linda Starr Says:

    those louvered doors aren’t easy to paint, they look great

  5. dkzody Says:

    Nicely done, David. Sure wish I could get Terry to just paint walls around here. But, he turns a deaf ear to my requests.

  6. Christine Says:

    that’s a great job, love the colour!

  7. Carole Says:

    Beautiful! David is on a roll. Success breeds success 😊

  8. Beatrice Says:

    You made the right choice in deciding to make this a do-it-David project and sure he also likes the redo.

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    Oh, they do look great! And now you’ve got David going on more projects. Well done.

  10. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    A great improvement and they look warm and friendly.

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