An interior door with glass panels is a great way to elevate the aesthetic of your space, adding sophistication, elegance, and value. Whether you’re a homeowner seeking to update your living area or a seasoned house flipper wishing to increase your property’s value, painting a door with glass panels can bring great results. 


In this post, we’ll dive into some steps that will help you with the painting process. We;ll also discuss the materials you need and tips to get professional results at home. 

Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Doors With Glass Panels

  1. Gather Your Materials 

Before diving into the painting process, arrange the tools you need beforehand to ensure your project goes by smoothly. You will need: 


  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Old sheets
  • Primer
  • Paint (make sure to choose high-quality paint that’s suitable for the type of surface of your door)
  • Small paint brushes
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller


  1. Remove Hardware and Prep Surfaces

Once you’ve arranged your toolkit, start prepping for the painting process. Remove hardware from the door, such as locks, knobs, and handles using a screwdriver. To protect your floors from paint splatters, lay down some old sheets (or drop cloths) around the door. 


If the door you’re painting already has a layer of varnish or paint, lightly sand the surface using medium grit sandpaper to create a smooth base for the new paint layer. 

  1. Tape Glass Panels 

Nothing ruins a paint job more than splotches of paint where you don’t want them. To ensure your glass panels remain paint-free and you have clean lines all around, use painter’s tape to carefully frame each glass section before you start with the paint. Take your time with this step to ensure you’ve covered all corners so you can get the best possible finish. 

  1. Apply Primer 

Using a primer ensures that your paint adheres properly to the door and lasts for a long time. Apply a thin, even coat of primer to the entire door using your paint roller or brushes. Don’t forget to cover the frame and edges and allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  1. Pick Out Your Colors

Selecting the right color of paint is essential to achieve the aesthetic you want. For a classic look, choose neutral tones such as grays, whites, or muted pastels. If you’re going for a bolder color, you could try painting a small test section to see if it gives the finish you want.


Make sure to choose a color that complements the overall theme of your space–it’s a hassle to repaint or remove paint later if you’re unhappy with the final result.

  1. Start Painting

Now that the primer is dry and the glass panels are taped off, it’s time to get down to business. Use a paint roller to apply the paint in big, even strokes, and use a smaller paintbrush for more detailed areas. Work from top to bottom, allowing the first coat to dry completely before applying another layer for full coverage.

  1. Remove Tape and Reattach Hardware

Once both paint layers have dried, carefully remove the painter’s tape from the glass panels. If any paint seeped under the edge, wait for it to dry and use a razor to scrape it off, ensuring crisp and clean edges. 


You can now reattach the hardware to the door using a screwdriver. If your hardware is worn out, consider replacing or polishing it to complement the freshly painted door. 

  1. Wrap Up With Finishing Touches 

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Lastly, inspect the door for any imperfections or uneven areas. Finish by applying a clear topcoat for added protection to ensure your paint job lasts longer. 

Final Thoughts

As long as you follow these instructions, use quality materials, and work with precision, you can transform your ordinary interior door into a stunning focal point to enhance the aesthetic of your space. 


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