Painting a door frame: 4 steps for a fine, durable finish

Bule paintbrush painting door frame white
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If you’re painting a door frame you need to know the right order to get the best finish. You need to know where to start and where to finish. Choose a different order and it will take you longer and involve more work to achieve the same finish. 

But it's not just about order, when painting wood – whether it’s bare or previously painted – it is essential that you get your prep right. Doors frames can see a lot of action so you need a tough, durable finish that can be easily maintained and wiped when needed. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.