You guys!! This weekend we finally tackled a project I’ve been wanting to do for SO long–we painted the French doors in our basement black! This has been on my to-do list for ages now, but it’s always been one of those projects that I felt intimidated by, so it just kept getting bumped down the list. Well I finally decided to get it done this weekend and I am so happy with how it turned out. It was much easier than I thought it would be, plus we figured out a snazzy little trick that saved us a lot of time. I can’t wait to show you guys and hopefully this helps if you’ve ever wondered how to paint an interior door black! Now before I hop into the tutorial, here’s an old photo of how the door looked before:
And here’s how it looks now:
Quite the difference, right?! These doors before were dingy looking and now they just pop. I’m amazed at how much better it looks. The contrast of the black door with the white trim is such a classic look. I absolutely looooooove it. And now I’m wishing I had done this a long time ago when I first thought about it. But better late than never, right?! Ok, let’s get on to the tutorial.
How to paint an interior door black
Prep the Door:
- You can either remove the door or tape it off, which is what we did. Either works, but if you do tape it you’ll eventually have to open the doors to paint the inner edges.
- Clean the door and remove any dust.
- Determine if you need to prime the door first. We got lucky and didn’t need a primer. But here’s a few reasons why you might need it:
- If the door is bare wood or stained.
- If the door has previously been painted with oil based paint. You can test it to make sure and there’s info on how to do that here. If it is oil-based paint you will need to prime the surface with a bonding primer before applying latex paint.
- If the door has any bad stains or water damage.
Paint the Door:
- Now it’s time to actually paint the door! We used latex paint in the color Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore in a semi-gloss finish. (Home Depot was able to color match it for us.)
- We started on the other edges of the door and worked our way in. Remember to always paint with the grain of the door.
- Once it came time to paint around the window moldings, we figured out a cool trick that ended up saving us a lot of time. Instead of taping off all those pesky little squares, we simply used a large drywall taping knife to protect the glass from the paint.
We weren’t sure how this would work, but it ended up doing a great job. We decided not to use painters tape for this area because it doesn’t leave a very clean finish, plus as we all know painters tape is notorious for peeling off paint when it’s removed. Plus once it’s off you might find areas where the paint accidentally got onto the glass, which is a hassle to remove once it’s dry. Doing it with the taping knife allowed us to clean up any accidents while the paint was still wet, which was so much easier! We just wiped any mistakes off with a damp paper towel.
We used a smaller taping knife for the shorter edges of the molding and it worked perfectly. Push it tightly against the molding (or sometimes there was enough space to slide it under) and paint directly over it. The taping knife protects the glass from the paint. But it’s important to slide it as you go, instead of picking it up and placing it back on the glass, because it will transfer paint to the glass if you do that. Just be sure to keep a damp paper towel nearby to wipe down the tool between sections and also clean up any paint that accidentally got on the glass! EASY PEASY.
It took two coats of paint to get a smooth, full coverage look. And that’s it! Overall it was a very simple and straightforward process. It was much easier than I anticipated it being and the whole thing was done in just a few hours.
I love how these drop cloth curtains look against the black doors. It all just blends together so nicely and the doors are much more of a focal point in the room now! (See how I made that HOME sign here and get the curtain rod here.)
I’m so happy with how this turned out and I gotta say–the end result was even better than I thought it would be. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of painting a door black. Maybe because my natural instinct is to paint all the things white, but in this case I think black looks 1000% better. And it was pretty easy, especially with my little painting trick. I LOVE it and now I really want to paint all our interior doors black! Well, maybe not all of them but I can think of at least three that would look AMAZING in black. Anyway, this was the first step in a long list of things I want to do in our basement and I can’t wait to share it all with you guys. I have lots of fun ideas for that bar area, so stay tuned!
Please let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help!
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