Get the perfect finish when painting wooden doors — plus best paint types

Person painting wooden front door white
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Painting wooden doors can give them a new lease of life with the added bonus of offering protection from knocks and kicks. A smart high or mid-sheen finish is the perfect companion for a contemporary or period home and can be regularly wiped clean to keep it looking its best. 

The process of painting wood needs to be right, get it wrong and your lovely looking door will soon be in need of another makeover. Like most paint projects, preparation is key to a professional looking finish. Here we give you the lowdown on what you need to know to make it happen. 

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.