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When it comes to painting interior doors, there’s often the dilemma of whether or not to use semi-gloss or high gloss enamel paint. The bottom line is that both will give you the same durability and resistance to stain and those sticky fingers. But, the major difference is how the two finishes will look. In order to demonstrate the difference to you, I finished two different pieces of plywood, one with the semi-gloss finish, the other with the high gloss finish. Both selections are actually the same color of paint from eco-friendly paint company, Mythic Paint. As you can see visually, it’s quite hard to detect the difference. The high gloss finish simply has significantly more sheen. In the end, the finish choice may simply come down to your own personal taste as both finishes achieve the same goal, which is to have your door stand out from the flat or egg shell finish that is typically used on walls. I hope you found my tips relating whether or not to choose semi-gloss or high gloss enamel paint when painting interior doors to be helpful!



HGTV Design Star Season 6 Finalist, 5-time Emmy award winning television personality and National Interior Design Expert Cathy Hobbs (ASID/LEED AP) is the founder of the interior design firm Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes based in New York City.  An ASID, NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and LEED AP, Cathy’s firm specializes in full interior design services, sustainable design, new development construction and home staging/styling. With design studios in Brooklyn, New York and The Hudson Valley. Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes is currently working in the NYC Tri-State Area, including, Long Island and New Jersey, The Hudson Valley and The Berkshires.  Cathy is known for her clean, modern, timeless interiors that infuse pattern, color and texture as well as her “Hollywood Glamour” approach to design. From small studio apartments to gracious homes, Cathy’s approach is to blend her professional expertise flawlessly with a homeowner’s wish list and aesthetic to create an impeccable design.

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