Painting an interior door jamb

Paint An Interior Door Jamb

Painting is an exciting exercise to do if you are eager to give your home a personal-touch makeover. Part of the painting job is to convert the ugly to something pleasant to the eyes. Doors are somehow left over when we paint a house. Not left over, but the last part of the house that we will paint. Since we all know there are different types, there are also different ways to paint the doors as some tend to be very sensitive while some require a heavier touch of paint. One of the most difficult doors to paint is the wooden door. The paneled-type of wooden doors is a bit hard to paint as well. With this type of wooden door, you just need to know what you are doing and have the right process with the right tools to go.

You can choose either to paint or use the wood finish when it comes to enhancing the appearance of the doors and the door jambs to make them look better. If you want to make your room to look complete then painting an interior door jamb can help in blending the door and the jamb with the paint in the room. Painting the interior door jamb is not that complicated if you know your way around and have the right instructions. Here are the steps on how to do it.

You will need:

  1. Cardboard or dropcloth
  2. Primer
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Damp cloth
  5. Fine-grit sandpaper
  6. Paint
  7. Blue masking tape


  1. If you want to paint a door jamb over a finished floor, place down a cardboard or a dropcloth. Remove the hinges, the door and the door latch strike plate.
  2. Then, remove any rough spots on the door jamb by using a sand paper to sand over the woodwork. After the sanding process, wipe down the door jamb to remove any debris and dust. Use a primer to protect the surface of the wood by applying a coat onto it. Leave it to dry off and apply another coat of primer if necessary.
  3. You can start to paint at the top of the door jamb. Plunge the edges of the paintbrush bristles into the paint. It is important to use only the tips of the brush. Start painting at the outer edge of the jamb and gradually work toward the inside.
  4. Paint up to the edge of the doorstop around the middle of the door jamb. As you paint the sides of the door jamb, start painting from the top and work your way down. For the best finish, you should apply two coats of paint. It will look best.
  5. Next, leave the paint to dry off completely before installing the door hardware and the door back to their place. The paints have to be dried fully to prevent the door from sticking when it is closed.

Painting an interior door jamb is fun to do. By now, you have successfully painting your interior door jamb to look and gel better with the room.

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