How to Paint Faux Moulding on an Interior Door

Soon after we moved into our home last year, one of the first things I did was to paint the front door. I knew I wanted something bold so I took a leap and came up with this.

Updated on August 04, 2017 15:08 pm

Kristi of ChatfieldCourt.com

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a painted vintage teal blue wooden door

I used Benjamin Moore Blue Lake paint (find something similar at your preferred hardware store) and I am so happy with it. I just love it with the colour of my brick. Now that the outside of the door looked great, I wanted to do something to the inside of the door but I was afraid that the blue would be too much. I knew I didn’t want to do black; this part of the house does not get much natural light and the black would have definitely been too dark. In the meantime, I used the Blue Lake paint on the interior door.

a plain wooden door without mouldings

The exterior door had mouldings on it, but the interior side was just a flat, blank, boring door. My options were to either put some moulding on the door or to try to paint on “mouldings” on the door, and the latter seemed more appealing to me. There is a coat closet right next to the front door, whose door had moulding on it, so I fashioned my “fake” moulding after that.

I used the following materials for this project:

• painter’s tape
• regular paint brush
• base coat (which is the actual paint colour of the door)
• paint colour for the moulding
• small foam roller (should be within the size of the moulding, to make application easy)

Here’s a quick run-through of what I did:

using tape to outline mouldings of the wooden door

1) Using painter’s tape, I taped the door where I wanted my “moulding” to be.

This was the hardest part of the project because you want even spacing all around. I used a yard stick, and once I started it and figured out the measurements, the taping went by pretty quickly.

get the edges of the tape neatly for straight and distinctive mouldings on the door

I made sure my edges where down nice and tight, and that your corners are square. Check that you don’t have two pieces of tape on top of each other or it could make your lines a little wonky (this happened to me, in the corners, and it took some time to fix the lines to make them look straight).

2) Now here is a secret for those of you who have never done this:

Use your base coat to cover the edges of the tape where the new paint should go. This prevents the new color from bleeding under the tape and gives you a crisp clean line. This step is easy and fast, but necessary. Just use a regular paint brush, and put a thin coat around the tape and let that dry.

paint base coat onto the moulding area

3) After the base coat was dry, I used a small foam roller and painted on my “moulding” colour.

I chose Benjamin Moor White Dove (again, find similar at the hardware store). I applied two coats, and immediately and carefully removed the tape after the second coat. This way, there is no chance of pulling the paint up with the tape. I had no bleeding and perfect lines!

perfectly painted white and blue wooden door with moulding

My husband was really skeptical and I was a little nervous too, but I love how it came out! It isn’t 3D like the moulding on the closet door, but it’s something just a little different and it was really easy.

Here is a before and after…

revamping the door with mouldings

So what do you think? Would you paint on “moulding” or would you rather have the real thing?

Check out more of my DIY projects on www.chatfieldcourt.com!

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