If you’ve been following along with our patio makeover for the One Room Challenge, then you know that I painted the two sets of french doors and the single side door going that goes out to our patio. All of those doors are gridded doors with 15 glass panels, you know the ones. I was dreading painting the doors…that is, until I discovered an easy way to paint french doors!
I speak from experience when I say that painting french doors is a pain in the butt. You have to either tape off the glass on each window grid, which is super annoying, time-consuming and doesn’t always prevent the paint from bleeding onto the glass, or you just paint the grids getting as little as possible on the glass and scraping it off with a razor blade after it dries. Having painted the interior of all of those french doors, I know that either way is not fun. This time around, I did a little research and discovered a pretty cool product that offers an easy way to paint french doors.
An Alternative, Easy Way to Paint French Doors
Enter, Masking Liquid H2O. Masking Liquid H2O is an acrylic-modified, water-based clear coating formulated to peel from glass and eliminates the need for scraping off paint with a razor blade.
Here’s how it works. Before painting french or gridded doors, you brush (or spray) the masking liquid onto each glass panel. It’s thinner than paint and has a milky consistency. It adheres to wood too, so you don’t have to worry if get some liquid on the wood grids. Once it dries, it creates a cloudy film over the glass.
After the film is completely dry, you then paint your wood grids, without having to worry about how much paint you get on the glass.
Once you’ve painted your doors with the desired coats, allow the paint to dry completely. Once dry, scour the edge of each glass panel and then peel the masking liquid film off of the glass.
Here’s a little boomerang I made with Instagram of peeling the film off the glass.
Then, if necessary, you just clean up the inside edges of the glass.
I love this easy way to paint french doors! I found this method more convenient than taping or scraping paint from the glass panels.
We did all 5 doors and used about 1/2 quart. The trick is to make sure the glass has good coverage when applying the masking liquid. Ours did stick a little here and there because there was some residual paint on the glass of our doors from when they were painted white before we moved in. All we did was trim up the edges with the razor blade and it worked like a charm. I will definitely be using this product again and regret not discovering it before I painted the interior of all those doors!
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