Black Door. Take That Elizabeth Arden

Hey there friends, how was your weekend?
Mine was good, Annie’s soccer season started again and the weather was beautiful all weekend = 70 and sunny.
And I ran my first 5k on Sunday!
And it was hard.
I mean really hard.
I even gasped those same words to my husband who was standing along the race route..” this is sooo hard”.
But I finished and I wasn’t anywhere near last place!
I finished the race in 38 minutes!
I know, it’s not that great but like I told my friend Rebecca, I’m a 42-year-old with asthma and bad knees, so I’m very happy with that time.
And now I want to do a 5k again, it’s such a rush.
I just have to get the feeling back in my ankles.
And the pain I have when I inhale needs to go away.
Oh and I need to be able to bend over without screaming in pain.
So maybe wait a while? 
Painting interior doors black

So this trend going on in blog land and on Pinterest about painting interior doors black? I like it but usually I am way behind trends.
Chevron?
I am just NOW loving that.
When I saw the black door trend though, it immediately struck a chord with me.
I love this! And I could do this!
I wouldn’t even need a reason!
And I bet I could do it on the cheap!

So I went to my local Home Depot and talked to the nice man in the paint department.
He directed me to the exact paint and supplies I would need.
Take advantage of the free help you can get at home improvement stores.
Better than any blog out there for advice.

I got all my supplies together:

Painting interior doors black
This is what you will need:
– paint (since it is an interior front door, my Home Depot guy suggested using an exterior paint)
The exact color is Silhouette by Martha Stewart but I am using Glidden paint because it is much cheaper.
-a 4-inch roller
-paint tray
-tape for the door knob and deadbolt
– a smaller brush for those hard to reach spots
Here is my front door before:

 

Painting interior doors black
The thing I have hated most about having a white front door is that it shows every nick, dent, scrape and piece of dirt.

 

Painting interior doors black
Let’s do this!

 

Painting interior doors black
Looks pretty awful in the “during” process.
Painting interior doors black
Painting interior doors black
And here it is all done!

 

Painting interior doors black
I love how it makes this area pop more!

 

Painting interior doors black
I do have to admit, the first night I wasn’t so sure.
It made it seem so much darker over there.
Almost like there wasn’t a door.
Just night.
Staring at me.
Eek.

But now that we have lived with it for a week, I am so glad I did it.

It gives so much more definition to this area.
Gives it more character which is very hard to find in a home built 12 years ago.
I haven’t hung anything on the door yet.
Because I am kind of afraid to.
I like it just this way for now.
When I get brave enough to put a command strip (painted black of course!) on here, I will share with you what it looks like.
That might be Christmas time though folks so don’t get too excited.

 

Painting interior doors black
So you know me.
I can’t leave well enough alone.
As I was waiting for this door to dry and had all these paint and supplies leftover, I decided to also paint the closet door directly behind me.
Painting interior doors black
This door has been a pain in my side for YEARS.
Six years ago there was a nail polish throwing incident that occurred in this foyer that may have had to do with a former neighbor’s three-year old little boy.

Allegedly.

Which made this door look as though it had played a major part in a murder.
Allegedly.
So after years of scrubbing, Magic Eraser-ing and desperation spray painting, I had enough.
Because when you come to my front door, this is the first thing you see.
The nail polish murder scene.
Allegedly.
I even added a red knob to the door to take away from the red nail polish.
I know, I know.

So here it is during:

 

Painting interior doors black
By the way, that is just a garbage bag ripped up.
You don’t need a fancy drop cloth.
This worked just fine.
Just threw it away when done and moved on!
I also got a cool new knob at Hobby Lobby for the new closet door.
I love it so much because it makes it look more like a farmhouse door.
And less like a murder scene door.
 And it only cost me $2.99 on sale!

 

black closet door
Can you hear my peaceful sighing from here?
I just love this so much more now.

 

black closet door
And all it took was a can of paint (not even a large one!), a new knob and about 30 minutes of my time per door!
And no nail polish will be permitted within 50 feet of this door.

17 thoughts on “Black Door. Take That Elizabeth Arden

  1. Linda@Coastal Charm

    Liking it black. I have seen lots of interior doors being painted darker colors lately…looks like a new trend. Thanks for sharing at my party. Now about the link…I would rather have my readers have a link in their post, because it's so much easier for their friends to see which parties that they are going to.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  2. Cyndi Minear

    Love it, it looks really great!
    haha, I am gradually paint my ugly dark walnut brown interior doors and baseboards and trim white. It totally transforms!

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  4. Richella

    You've done yourself proud with the black paint! Honestly, I think this is great. Both doors look really good now. I'll be interested to see how the black doors take the wear and tear of life. So far, do you see scuff marks, etc? Lint? Pet hair (if that applies)? Inquiring minds want to know!

    BTW, congrats on your 5K! Good for you!!

  5. Tameka Lauricella

    It’s not advisable to paint outer doors black because the color can attract heat and make the wood warp. But, for interior doors, black can certainly make any boring door look stunning. I’m just wondering if you added a stain finish to the paint. It would be great to add a semi-gloss coat to the door. That would make the door look more appealing, and it would be easier to clean smudges and fingerprints with that. 🙂

    @Tameka Lauricella

  6. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Tameka- I didn't know that about outer doors and considering so many outer doors are painted black it kinda makes ya wonder…:)
    Good idea.
    I didn't have the foresight to do that but once I get unlazy, I will do that!

  7. Crystal

    I love this! I had a friend suggest it a while back and I thought she was crazy- then I decided to do it myself lol. I did it on all my interior doors. It adds a layer of class to an otherwise bland door. Nice work!

    1. Kari Post author

      I actually painted over that black to a light blue and I have hated it ever since!
      I may revert to the black again and you are totally right about adding a layer of class.
      There is just something about a black door!
      Thank you for visiting!

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