Open the door to a new look

Doors are important but often overlooked features of a home. They provide privacy, divide up spaces, muffle noises and keep out drafts. They can also provide an important design function, as an accent to complement the aesthetic of each room. But over time, constant use can take a toll on their appearance. So, if your interior and exterior doors are looking a little worse for wear, it may be time to give it some love and attention.

The good news is that a door refresh is easier than you think. All you need is the right equipment and to follow a few simple steps. Before you begin, gather the necessary supplies:

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process in three stages: Prepare, Repair, and Paint. Let's get started!

Stage 1: Prepare

No matter how easy the job is, preparation is key. Follow these steps to minimise clean up and achieve a more professional finish.

1. Use a screwdriver to remove hardware such as door knobs, handles, and any other attachments. Set them aside in a safe place.

2. Lay down a Dropsheet to catch any paint drips and protect the surrounding area from spills and splatters.


Monarch Leak Proof Canvas Drop Sheets

Made of canvas with a plastic backing to stop paint from soaking through. Ideal for covering furniture, floors, and windows while painting, renovating or decorating.

Stage 2: Repair

Inspect your door for any damage or imperfections. For a better paint finish, you’ll need to repair the surface before moving forward.

1. Use a scraper to remove any loose or chipping paint from the door. This will help the paint go on smoothly and evenly.


Monarch Stiff Scrapers

The Monarch timber handle scraper range are made with a high-quality timber handle and stainless steel blade to deliver a professional performance.

2. If there are larger cracks or holes, use the scraper to apply Sika Filler - 105. If you want to achieve a very smooth finish for the inside door, Sika Filler – 101 is the right choice. Spread the product evenly and let it dry. Once dry, sand the area until smooth.


Sika® Filler-105

Water based, ready to use thick layer surface filler for internal surfaces.


Sika® Filler-101

Water based, ready to use joint filling and wide spreading of internal surfaces

Stage 3: Paint

Now that your door is prepped and repaired, it's time to bring it back to life with a fresh coat of paint.

1. Use a mild cleaning solution to wipe down the door and remove any dirt and grime. Let it dry completely.

2. Apply painter's tape to protect any areas you don't want to get paint on, such as windows or hardware.

3. For best results, always use a high quality prep product like Taubmans 3-in-1 Prep to ensure proper paint adhesion and a smooth finish.


Taubmans 3 In 1 Prep

Premium high performance water based, all purpose primer, sealer and undercoat.

4. Use a high-quality paintbrush or roller to apply Taubmans Water Based Enamel. Start with the panels and recessed areas, then move on to the flat surfaces. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat.


MONARCH Detail & Finishing

The perfect tool for painting flat or panel doors, walls and trims of all shapes and sizes.


MONARCH Expertech

Professional DOORS & CUPBOARDS roller cover made of an enhanced draylon fabric.


Taubmans Water Based Enamel

A premium paint with Low VOC specially designed to protect doors, trims, skirting boards and windows.

5. When removing painter’s tape, for best results:

  • Allow the paint to dry fully
  • Score the edge of the tape using a sharp knife to release the paint.
  • Carefully remove the tape.

Don't forget

  1. Ensure proper ventilation while painting by opening windows and doors.
  2. Allow sufficient drying time between coats and before reattaching hardware or closing the door.
  3. Regularly clean and inspect your door to keep it looking fresh and extend its lifespan.

Popular paint colours

Choosing the right colour can really transform the personality of your door.

For some inspiration, here are some popular options:

Popular colour



By following these three stages and infusing a pop of colour, your doors will radiate a fresh, inviting aura that elevates both your interior and exterior entrances. Embrace the transformative journey for your entire space – it's simpler than you might imagine!