Black Interior Doors

 

 

A couple years ago, the Mister & I ripped all the carpet off the stairs, added new treads, stained them dark walnut, poly’d them (3 coats), and painted the risers white.  The whole hallway was painted (Benjamin Moore) Revere Pewter, one of my all-time favorite neutrals.
Every. Single. Spindle. was removed, primed, painted (2 coats), and replaced.  The banister was painted and poly’d (3 coats).


It’s lovely and updated and we love it.

<The fact that the tile flooring at the base of these stairs still has to all be replaced is on my ignore list.  For now.>

 

Moving to the second floor, at the top of that newly gorgeous staircase, is 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a linen closet.  And if you’re new here, this is a typical family home, 25 years old, 8 foot ceilings – so the hallways here?  Totally conventional, standard, predictable, average, oh, too many adjectives?  Get my point?  They’re Bored Sh*tless, line 1.

 

Here’s a photo of the second floor of our house BEFORE we even moved in.  The image you’re about to view is graphic, and the abundance of orangey oak and pinky-beige is disturbing.


Sorry to do that to you, but sometimes life isn’t pretty.  Here’s that same second floor now:


Black doors.  Beautiful, elegant, black interior doors.  Of course, painting out all the door frames in white helps too.

All the old mahogany flat panel interior doors were replaced.  But friends, these are not ‘special’ or ‘upscale’ interior doors – these are run-of-the-mill, $35 Home Depot 6 panel doors.  But in black, they become special.

The decor in each bedroom is (of course) different, so I still wanted the side facing into the bedrooms/bathroom to be white.  Not at all difficult, and no tape was used.  In fact, none of this project was difficult, it was time consuming for sure, but pretty easy for such dramatic results.

 

When we installed the new doors <ahem, 2 years ago>, we updated the handles and hinges to a brushed nickel lever.  But FYI, I have spray painted door handles in the past with great success.

I used Sherwin Williams All Surface Lacquer in ‘Caviar’ for the doors, satin finish.  Use a 1 1/2” angled brush in all the panel detail, then a small foam roller on the rest.  The foam roller is imperative to a smooth finish.


The louvered door is the linen closet.  It was purchased unfinished wood, so was spray primed with Zinsser Cover Stain, then brush painted.  All the doors got 2 coats, back and front.  The white used is Sherwin Williams ‘Oxford White’, satin finish.

 

So I’m feeling pretty good about checking this off the house “To Do” List – yes, it took 2 years to get to a project that took a weekend to complete, but hey, whatev, it’s done.  Which means the rest of the projects ‘on deck’ for that area can be tackled:


Like ditching that old berber for hardwood, into the bedrooms too.  And replacing all the baseboards.


I figure I have 2 years.

 

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  1. WoW! What an amazing transformation. It looks very classy and sophisticated. Love the textured carpet. I adds another element of depth to the upstairs landing. I may have to check out the Revere Pewter color. I have been looking at gray paints and can not seem to find the right one.

    Love your blog by the way. I have been checking in for a while now and only recently decided create my own blog. As far as taking a long time to complete projects, I am right there with you. I get cranky sometimes if something takes too long though. ;)

    • Thanks Julie! BM Revere Pewter is not quite a true gray, but it’s such a great color, especially for transition areas. Thanks for the love, glad you’re here, and good for you starting a blog – great fireplace surround, btw! Go paint your doors :) xoT.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m loving the interior black doors! Great transformation…Thanks for sharing!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  3. Oh I am so in love with your stairs and the doors! I wish I could talk the hubby into letting me paint the doors-silly question but did you just do the outside of the doors? That’s my fear because the inside being black wouldn’t go well with any of the bedrooms we have!

    Maybe I’ll start with the door from inside our garage that leads into the house-my 3 kids have destroyed it anyway!

    • Ok-idiot here lol-just saw you kept the interior white haha!

    • Hey Lisa (I won’t call you idiot, despite your request :)) – this seems a common thing on this update, the convincing the Mister part. I won’t lie, mine didn’t fully embrace the plan – and now? He absolutely loves it. Paint the interior side of your front door black, that’s a good place to start….and it’s a change I recommend so often in Color Consultations with clients! Good luck, Happy Convincing! xoT.

  4. So much better in black!!!! love it!!!!!

  5. What colour did you paint the banister?

    • Hi Susan, the bannister was also done in Black Caviar (Sherwin Williams), but in Semi Gloss. With 2 coats of polyurethane. Thanks for visiting! xoT.

  6. What a difference, it looks amazing.

  7. Wow, the black totally works! Black & white is so classic, perfect for your home. LOVE everything you did. I also love that you have an IGNORE LIST! Ha, I am definitely starting one of those!

    • Thanks Jenna, that’s so nice of you! I think an Ignore list is an important part of home ownership, don’t you? :) xoT.

  8. Um … wow! Both to your downstairs and upstairs transformations. Isn’t it wonderful that orangey old oak can be given a new life and elegant style with paint ?! I’ve been deliberating painting several doors in my house black and at this point it seems to be a no brainer. Just need to buy paint and do it, thanks for the additional inspiration. The All Surface Lacquer sounds like an interesting paint that I haven’t used and I guess I should go to the SW store and ask some questions.

    • Well I’m happy to be the inspiration you needed Robin! Yes, it is wonderful that it can be given a new life because the alternative would be expensive!! lol! I like the AllSurface Lacquer, I’ve even used it on brick with great success….my other favorite SW is the ProClassic, which (at least here, anyway) doesn’t come in an Ultra Deep Base, so can’t be tinted black. My doors were new primed, so I didn’t have to prime – you’ll want to be sure what’s on yours before you jump in! Good luck! xoT.

  9. Well, goodness, what a transformation! Everything looks so crisp and sharp! Just lovely. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Toodles, Kathryn

  10. Wow – what an elegant transformation! I recently painted the upstairs doors in our hallway with black chalkboard paint – same idea with a little fun kick :D Of course, the rest of the doors here are dark, glossy PURPLE!!!

    thanks for sharing – it looks amazing…
    gena

    • Thanks very much Gena! Chalkboard paint IS totally fun. So, I hafta ask about the dark glossy purple doors – design decision? My iagination cannot fatham, must see pics! Glad to see you got through Sandy okay! A group of us have a “Socks for Sandy” drive going on, have a look! xoT.

      • Our house is Lavender, Tracy, and every room has a smattering (or maybe a little more!) of lavender and purple. So…. the deep, glossy purple doors are what I like to think of as PERFECTION!

        gena

  11. I love this! I have been thinking about doing this in my home and this might be the extra push I need to do it one level at a time. I love your staircase and I have been wanting to pull the carpet off my stairs as well. Just finding time and a hotel to stay at to keep 7 people off the staircase is another story while it dries! thanks for inspiration!

    • Hey Stacy! I definitely recommend it, it really makes such a great difference! And yes, doing the staircase was almost a week long project, that involved late night staining (after bed times), and the Mister & I then sleeping in the family room (main floor) on an air mattress! Kind of like camping at home, lol. Glad to inspire, thanks for visiting! xoT.

  12. It’s just how I would have painted it! I’ve been waiting to buy a 2 story so we can have a bold black and white staircase!:)

    I painted our front door a bold black as well.

    Love it!

    • Thank you so much “Lucy”, I did our front door as well not too long ago….Thanks for visiting, I’m poking around on your site now! xoT.

  13. That is an amazing before and after. I love it!

  14. I love this! It looks great – I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see.

  15. Christine says:

    How long did it take you to do all the stairs? How do you remove all the spindles?

  16. Christine says:

    Love it! How long did it take to do the stairs and was it easy to remove the spindles?

    • Hi Christine! The only thing that was particularily difficult about this project was templating each stair to create the new oak tread; it was time consuming and required days of staining or urethaning at night so that it was dry by the morning, and sleeping in the family room so we could do that, lol, but not “difficult”. We removed the entire bannister and all the spindles, to paint them and do the stairs. They’re just screwed in. Plan carefully and prepare for about a week :) xoT

  17. Nichole says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! (Yes! I’m STILL reading! lol!) I LOVE this look, have you ever tried dark doors in a smaller hall space? Does it still work with lighter wall colors and white door frames?

    • LOL Nichole – stay as long as you’d like!! It is SUCH a great look, and I’ve had it done in clients homes as well with success. I don’t think (in this case) size matters – it’s the dramatic impact that works, so I say, go for it! xoT

  18. Lori Liebe says:

    I love the look of your doors! My husband and I are going to start painting. What colors did you use on the walls and ceiling?

    • Thanks Lori! The walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and the ceiling is just plain ol’ flat white ceiling paint! The black doors are really a great look, I hope you love it too! xoT

  19. Love what you’ve done to the house! I just moved into a similar situation!
    What color paint did you use on the handrails of stairs? What color white are spindles??! Thanks so much! Love your style!

    • Thanks Chris!! The spindles & stair stringers are Sherwin Williams ‘White Heron’, and the handrail is the same as the doors, Sherwin Williams ‘Caviar’, with 2 coats of Polycrylic for added durability. It’s been a couple years now since the handrail was done, and still no signs of wear, so I highly recommend that step. Thanks for visiting! xoT

  20. This is exactly what I want to do to my livingroom/hallways of the house we are building .. I’m set on these colors but have so much trouble deciding on kitchen/foyer/dining room colors

  21. MuskieNurse says:

    Absolutely love! What color paint did you use on the spindles and door frames? It looks amazing!

    • The spindles and stringers are Sherwin Williams White Heron, the door frames are straight-out-of-the-can white. Thanks, I highly recommend doing it, it’s an easy ‘upgrade’! xoT

  22. Painting our doors are next on the list and I can’t wait. Love the idea of just painting the front and side, due to various room decor. Did you only do the upstairs doors or all your doors, including your downstairs? We have very little black in our home and I’m debating on all the doors.

    • Hi Melanie! I chose to only do the second floor in my house, not the main floor. I based that decision more on the style of the house though – I think it would look amazing in other style homes. I think it really depends! Good luck, xoT

  23. how do I paint a steel door black? and what would you suggest for the trim? I don’t like the white.

    • Hi Bonnie – I suggest you speak to the experts at your local paint store for what products to use on a steel door. As for the trim, I suppose that’s personal preference – I think white is a crisp and clean balance to any colour in a space and a consistent element throughout an entire house; you may prefer to paint out your trim the same as your wall colour.

  24. Lisa Rossignolo says:

    Tracy -

    I just started repainting my house in earthy tones. Moss green entry, orange kitchen and brown and cream living room.. Going to paint the doors in black but do you think it will look good with warm colors instead of cool??? In addition, I am ultra modern and my husband is Tommy Bahama. Trying to decorate to the Tommy Bahama theme but running into decor ideas. Our living room has 30 foot ceilings and 2 half moon windows. Ur thoughts????

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