Paint Glass Doors, the Easy Way

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided.

It’s no secret that I am a major fan of Sherwin Williams Emerald line. I have used their paint throughout my home on trim work, DIY cabinetry, shiplap, baseboard trim, and now on my interior doors.

And we all know the easiest way to update a space is with paint! So I’m going to show you your two MUST have products when it comes to painting interior doors, specifically glass doors that is probably going to blow your mind. But seriously.

Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel

Why Emerald Paint?

A smooth and luxurious finish for doors and trim.  Delivers a finish that withstands wear and tear and goes on in fewer coats (1)

  • Creates a durable finish which is perfect for windows, doors and trim.
  • Perfect for areas that we clean a lot
  • Dries as an oil like finish, but easy to work with. 
  • Comes in all the sheens and colors.
  • No yellowing over time like an oil based paint (2).

The Trouble with Painting Glass Doors

Can we all agree that painting a door inset with glass is a daunting task with the required prep work and meticulous taping? Plus don’t even get me started on all those dreaded brush marks, and prepping it at home well enough to spray without hours of scraping marks off the glass with a razor blade. So here’s how I’m doing it, the easy way.

SW 6991 Black Magic

How to Paint a Glass Door:


Step 1: First, lightly stand down the current paint to give Emerald a surface to cling to. Using a 120-220 grit standing block. Then, if needed, you can use a primer depending on the condition of your door and the last time it was painted. Since my doors are 2 years old, I skipped this step.

Masking Liquid:

Step 2: Apply 2-3 thick coats of Masking Liquid to the glass. You don’t need to be SUPER precise. It’s ok if a little gets on the wood. What is most important is that the entire glass is covered with a thick coat. The masking liquid dries to touch in 30 minutes, and is ready to apply paint 3-4 hours. After it is is applied, this liquid will turn into a film. This whole process took me maybe 20 minutes.

Step 3: I am using a 2″ angle brush get into the crevices. Next I painted 2-3 coats of the Emerald Trim Urethane (less coats depending on your start and finish color) and allow few hours of dry time between coats. On the larger, flat portions of the door I am using a 3″ Foam Roller to eliminate any brush strokes.


Step 4: The best part of this urethane trim enamel is it doesn’t need any type of top coat, so once the paint dries it’s done (this counts any type of cabinetry or woodworking project). Paint takes 7 days to harden and cure, then be resistant to wear and tear.

Clean Up

Step 5: Take a razor blade and score along the edges of the window, being careful to not cut the freshly painted trim.

Step 6: Last, take a corner and simply peel off the film! Tada! Amazing!


And let’s just talk for a second about how a black door with white trim completely transformed my space! #allthehearteyes I love this SW 6991 Black Magic in Satin because it gives off the most subtle black without being shiny, or too harsh looking. It’s almost like it has a grey undertone without pulling blue or purple or brown. I think it is definitely the PERFECT color for black doors against the SW 7006 Extra White trim. Next project will be going around and paint all the rest of my interior doors black.


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Gabrielle sevwrini
Gabrielle sevwrini
4 years ago

I LOVE LOVE Love how this looks and how potentially easy with the masking liquid. What a brilliant blog. THANK YOU❤️❤️

Gabrielle sevwrini
Gabrielle sevwrini
4 years ago

I LOVE LOVE Love how this looks and how potentially easy with the masking liquid. What a brilliant blog. THANK YOU❤️❤️

Christine | Honey Built Home

thank you so so much! yes. it turned out great!!

4 years ago

What if the grids on the french doors are plastic? Will this paint work the same?

Christine | Honey Built Home
Reply to  Krista

if painting over plastic, I would be sure to use BIN shellac primer, then this paint. it’ll give something for the paint to bond onto.

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