This video explains how to paint your wooden doors, door frames, skirting boards, windows, window frames and sills without ruining your fixtures and fittings. It tells you how to apply undercoat and topcoat to properly prepared surfaces, and the order in which the woodwork needs to be painted. You’ll hear advice on things such as cleaning your paintbrushes and protecting your carpet to choosing the right paint. For the purposes of this video, we’re using a gloss paint but the same rules apply to satin, eggshell and matt finishes.

Preparation & planning

Before being painted, interior woodwork must be clean and fully prepped (see How to prepare interior woodwork for painting). Apply masking tape to windowpanes to protect them from splashes of paint. Latches, locks and handles should either be removed or masked for the same reasons. Protect floors, carpets and any furniture that can’t be removed from the area with a protective sheet.


Avoid using chemical based cleaners on your painted woodwork. It's best to just use sugar soap to avoid damaging the finish.

Hints & tips

Keep windows open whilst you paint to stop them from sealing shut. If you’re painting walls and windows, apply undercoat to the windows before applying topcoat to the walls. That way, it won’t matter too much if paint spills onto window woodwork.

When painting skirting boards, attach protective sheets to the floor with masking tape.

Don’t overload the brush with paint - interior woodwork paint tends to be thicker than emulsion and therefore more prone to dripping.

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