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How to Paint a Metal Door

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I recently helped my friend add a little color to her mudroom by painting the metal door to their garage. A couple years ago, she and her husband created this beautiful and functional mudroom space by the entrance to their garage. She’s been talking about painting the door to the garage for a while, because let’s be honest, with two little ones and two dogs, a high-traffic, white door can get quite dirty and scuffed up.

How to Paint a Door

mudroom with white door

We decided to go with Dutch Boy Plume Purple because it’s a great deep purply blue and nearly the same color that’s in the runner in the mudroom. Plume Purple is part of the Dutch Boy 2019 Color Trend palette, Sanctuary. If you’re looking for color inspiration, I highly recommend checking our their 2019 Color Trend palettes and their 2019 Color of the Year, Garden Patch, a nostalgic, botanical green hue.

Since I was painting a door, I went with Dutch Boy Dura Clean Cabinet, Door & Trim paint + primer in a high gloss finish from Menards. It’s an acrylic enamel paint so it’s very durable. And the high gloss finish means it will clean easily. I love the twist-and-pour container. When painting with the brush, I’d hold the container and dip my brush into it instead of having to pour the paint into another container.

dutch boy paint

When you’re painting a door, you’re going want to start by removing the door knob and then cleaning the surface of the door. If you’re not a seasoned painter or tend to be a messy painter, I’d suggest taping off the trim surrounding the door.

Once the door is ready to paint, grab your brush and paint the bevels first. Since the top panels are so small, I went ahead and painted those too.

paint metal door

Next, paint the panels. You can use the paintbrush or a small 1/4″ nap paint roller or a foam roller to paint the smooth areas of the door.

how to paint door

Then, paint the center stile.

how to paint metal door

Finally, paint the rails and the outer stiles.

The drying time between coats is 2-4 hours.

When going from white to a deep/dark color, you will likely want multiple coats to achieve your desired effect. We went with three coats.

painted door

The Plume Purple color is beautiful and richly saturated. Depending on where you’re standing, it can look like a deep purple or navy.

dutch boy purple plume

I love how painting the door gave the mudroom a big pop of color. The space feels more custom and less builder-grade than it did with the standard white door. And now my friend won’t have to worry about always having to wipe down the door because the darker door should mask scuffs better than white.

mudroom with blue door

What’s great about painting a door is that it’s a pretty simple weekend project that packs a big punch. And if you have little ones around, I suggest painting at the start of nap time or after they go to bed. This will give the paint time to dry before they’re up and running.


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  1. Looks so good! I love the idea of going with a darker color on a high traffic door like that. Love their mud room area, too. I want to do that in my house but the only hallway available for it is a little too narrow for a bench.

  2. Oh i just love that color!!!!!!

  3. Patricia Schroll says:

    I love the dark color door. It looks like black because it’s so dark. I want to paint our outside door a new color and at this time it’s white. I like the step by step you gave with how you painted the door. Very helpful!
    Love your new home! Thanks for sharing all your new ideas!

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