Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Painted Black Doors

I couldn't decide to pull the trigger on painting the doors in our house black. I'm not really into doing anything trendy. Read: All of you who painted chevron stripes on your walls will be repainting in a year or two. But the more that I saw pictures of doors painted black, the more I decided that it was something that could actually last a while. When I decided to go ahead and do it, my thought was, "It's paint. We can always paint them back to white."

I did a lot of research before I started. Check out my whole Pinterest board on doors, and you can see some of the blogs that I read on how to paint a door. One of the blogs I read said something like, "This was so easy that I decided to go ahead and paint all of the basement doors, too." Yeah, in that case, I'm in!

Y'all. I'm all about telling you when things are easy. I'm all about empowering you to do projects. But I'm not going to lie, this was no cake walk. I may or may not said a few curse words in my head  the whole time a few times. I don't know for sure, but I'd be willing to bet that if you hired a bunch of painters to come to your home, and they needed to also paint a few of your doors from white to black, that they'd make the new guy that they all hate paint the doors.

So I may have once thought, "It's paint. We can always paint them back to white." But make no mistake, I will move before I paint those doors back to white. I originally thought I'd do one blog post on the whole thing, but I'm going to break it up into three: 1. Before & After pictures so you can decide if you want to do it, too. 2. What I did while painting the doors, that you might want to try. 3. How I painted the doorknobs from gold to antiqued pewter.

Here's a before and after of the hallway. The walls are Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. The color I used for the doors is Black Suede by Behr.

and here's a before and after of the front door:

I'd love some feedback! Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think. I'll be posting soon with the how to's and what-nots.



  1. Great job on those black doors! I bet you never regretted painting all those doors, right? I really love how it looks in your hallway. Hehe! Thanks to your pins and inspirations, you came up with the right process on how to paint your doors and make them awesome! Hope you won't decide to paint them back to white again. :)

  2. These black doors are fabulously done! While others want to maintain white or brown doors, you've made a brave choice painting your doors black. I believe all your efforts are all worth it, right? Hehe! Thanks for the share, Abby! :)

    Ryann Hoyer @ Yancey Company

  3. It looks great!, I'm going to do the same thing to all my interior doors, but I'm debating between black and charcoal grey. Thanks for sharing, Lilly

    1. Hi Carmen! Charcoal grey sounds really classy, too. Good luck with your doors. :)

  4. I love how it looks and it has to be easier to keep clean. Love your site. We are turning a 125 year old church into our home. After refinishing 12 doors I feel like the door whisperer, lol. You can see some of them at

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