If you’ve ever had to paint a door (or wondered how), I’ve figured out a little way to keep yourself from painting the hinges.
Before you suggest “why don’t you just take the door off the hinges?”, the answer is simple: it’s more time-consuming, and you can’t guarantee that the door will still hang the same when you try to put it back up again – I’d like to avoid that headache if possible :)
First, take a strip of painter’s tape and cover the hinge you are trying to protect.
Next, smooth your finger along the edge of the hinge. In most cases, the hinge will not be exactly flush with the door itself, so you will likely have a recessed edge.
Take an exacto knife and run it along the edge you created in the tape.
Remove the remaining outer portion of the tape that is now separated from the piece that is still covering the metal hinge.
Now, it’s much easier to paint over without needing extra cleanup! Simply remove the taped part when you’re done painting.
You can do the same tape treatment with other spots on the door, such as the inset for the door lock. Don’t forget, sand down your doors where possible to help the paint adhere to the surface faster. Right now, I’m using a base coat of BEHR Ultra Premium prime+paint (only on the first coat – the color tends to yellow so I like the non-primer for the top coat) to make the job go even faster, but the process is still several coats away from the finished product. Here’s hoping my final coat tonight is the final coat, and I can reveal the rest of the bedroom!