While surfing Pinterest in *all* my free time, I came across the decor trend of painting the interior doors black in your home! At first I thought it was kind of extreme, but the more I saw it the more I fell in love with it. Fast forward to owning our own home, and now I get to paint MY doors black! Of course, I had to convince Ted that it was a good idea first; once I got one door done he loved the way it looked as well. Once I had the go ahead, I proceeded to paint all nine doors in our house.
It’s been a long process, but I’m so happy with the results. We had company coming over one weekend, so I got the majority of the doors done over the course of around a week. That’s in my free time when I wasn’t working, of course; if you are being really diligent you could probably get them all done in a weekend-ish project. I’m really bad about getting a project done once I’ve started!
Things you’ll need:
A word about my supplies
If you look at the above picture you’ll notice my mini roller doesn’t have a foam roller on it. When I bought the roller, it DID come with a high density foam roller and it worked like a dream. I purchased a package of replacement mini rollers because there was no way I was going to clean it; I just tossed it after I forgot about it and it dried up. But, when I purchased the extras I didn’t notice that they weren’t foam! Fast forward to getting started on this project again, (remember how I said I’m bad at finishing projects?) I slapped that furry roller on and went to work. BAD IDEA. That little guy left fuzzies all over my door! I was going around with a pair of tweezers and picking out all the hairs!
Learn from my mistake and buy the foam rollers. Just do it.
Also, the paintbrush pictured it not the one I linked to, but it is the one I like! The angled style of the handle makes it more comfortable to hold, and its a good size for this project.
Painting the doors black
First, start by wiping down all the doors so that you have a clean surface to work with. I also think it is way easier to just take off the door knob so you don’t have to tape off anything.
Then, use your paint brush and coat all the bevels, as the roller can’t reach these spots effectively. I find when I do this first, I get a better finished product.
Next paint the center rectangles. The technique here is that you roll on a layer of paint just to get it on the door, and then use your paint brush to smooth out the paint so that it has a brushstroke look instead of the ‘orange peel’ texture that you’ll get from just the roller. This will make the process go so much faster because you don’t have to re-dip your brush several times just to apply the paint to the door; the roller does it for you, and it creates a really even coat which I like.
Roll on your first coat in the center rectangles. You’ll notice the ridges aren’t painted in this photo yet… I got too excited to take photos of my technique for painting the doors black that I didn’t do it in the correct order. Do as I say, not as I do.
Run your brush vertically through the paint to create the brush strokes.
When you’re finished, the center of the door should look like this.
The rest of the door
Now you can paint the rest of the door! I just worked in sections, rolling on the paint and then immediately running my brush through to create the brushstrokes. Whatever you decide to do, DON’T paint the whole door and then try to do the brush strokes; the finished product will not look very smooth because as the paint dries it is harder to run the brush through effectively. This is because the roller only applies a thin coat which dries fairly quickly. Also, make sure that you are applying brushstrokes in the same vertical direction on the door in all sections.
After you’ve painted your whole door, let it dry and then repeat the process again until you get the coverage you’re looking for. I did around 3 coats, and then flipped the door over and then did three coats on the other side. Don’t forget to paint the top and sides of the doors black, so that you don’t have an awkward white strip around the door.
I love the look of my house overall now that I painted all the doors black; it makes the house seem much more luxe! Let me know what you think of this DIY and if you have any questions in the comments below!