Thrifty Decor Chick

One of my favorite changes I made to our last house was painting the interior doors black. It makes SUCH a statement. Black doors are classic and the contrast adds so much to a space. 

I got most of the doors in that house painted: 

how to paint interior doors

So many of you have asked why we didn’t go with black doors in this house. I did have them quoted when we built, but the price seemed high when I knew I could do it myself for the cost of a gallon of paint. 

And I wasn’t sure I’d want them in this house…I wanted to live with them first. And after two and a half years, I’m still completely in love with our white doors. 

About a year after we moved in I got the itch to try out the black on one door — I painted the back side of our garage door and LOVED it: 

interior black doors

I picked that door because it wasn’t in the middle of the house where a lone painted door would stand out. 

Even though I loved it, I haven’t been in any rush to paint more doors, until recently. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to use what we have right now, but I realized this would be a great time to tackle another one! 

Our pantry door is in a sea of light walls and white cabinets, so I figured some contrast would do this spot well:

five panel solid wood door

Check out the door painting post I mentioned above to get all of the tips and details you’ll need! 

I talked to our builder after I painted the door in the mud room and found out everything is painted in latex, not oil-based paint. So there was no need for me to prime like I always have. (Although a tinted primer is a great idea when you’re going from white to black!)

I never take my doors off the hinges when painting — there’s no need. This is my trick for easily covering the hinges with painter’s tape: 

easy way to paint around hinges

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Cover them and then use a razor to cut around the hinge. 

Peel the tape off the door and leave it on the hinge so you can paint right over it: 

how to paint around hinges on door

To paint, you’ll need a small angled brush and a foam roller (here’s the handle you need for that roller). I use the brush around the detail first, then paint with the roller immediately:

how to get super smooth finish on doors

Don’t skimp on the paint with the roller! But don’t push super hard when rolling it on (or the roller will leave paint marks along the sides). I did three full coats and then some touch ups here and there. 

The result will give you a smooth, shiny finish that looks like it’s been sprayed: 

get sprayed finish with paint roller on doors

I am never disappointed by a black door. Ever. 🙂 I absolutely love them:

classic black interior doors

It really breaks up all of the white in this spot. I adore our five panel doors, and this really brings attention to them. 

I used a semi-gloss sheen in the color Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams. We had a lot more texture on our doors in the last house so I used an eggshell. Both will clean up really well. 

tips for painting interior doors
I’ve told you before how much I love a touch of black in a room. I think it grounds a space in a way nothing else can. The bit of contrast always looks great!

Now I plan to keep going in the house…I’m starting all over. 😉 Two down and around 20 to go!: 

white kitchen gray island black doors

Have I convinced any of you to paint your doors black over the years? I love other colors too — a light gray is beautiful. Dark navy would be awesome! And I almost went with a dark green for the doors in our home. All would be lovely! 

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