Painting wood: Pro tips on how to prep and paint

Person painting panelled front door green
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The finishing touch to many DIY tasks around the home is often painting wood. Doors, windows, skirting boards, stairs, kitchen cabinets, fireplaces, floors and furniture often need a lick of paint to get them looking their best.

In the garden there's a good chance you 'll have a wooden shed, wooden fence and wooden furniture that'll need painting too, or perhaps you're looking for tips for painting exterior window sills. Either way, knowing how to paint wood is a key skill for most budding DIYers to save on paying someone else to do it for you.

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.