Happy Monday! Some of the most frequently asked questions I receive have to do with my black interior doors. It's been a couple years since I took on the task of painting them, but I thought a post addressing the most common questions could still be helpful.
Q: Did you paint every door in your home?
A: When we moved into our home, it was a brand new builder spec. The interior doors were primed and painted white. To add drama and interest, I painted every door on the first level black (including closets and the pantry).
Q: Did you remove the doors prior to painting them?
A: I did not remove the doors prior to painting. This was a task I took on myself while my husband was out of town. Removing and replacing doors can be tricky and definitely requires two people. I removed the door knobs but left all other hardware in tact while painting.
Q: What paint finish did you use?
A: I used black latex interior paint in a satin finish. Using a roller and a high quality paint brush, I applied three coats of black paint to all sides of each door. I started using the color "Ace of Spades". It looked great, however, during this process, I stumbled upon the black paint of my dreams, "Silhouette" by Martha Stewart so, I started over. Silhouette is a deep, true black.
Q: Did you prime the doors prior to painting?
A: It's always a good idea to spot test before tackling this project. Most of the time, I would prime prior to painting. In this case, I knew the doors were originally primed and painted with chalky, flat latex products, therefore I had no worries about the new paint adhering. I did not use primer. If your doors have ever been painted with glossy paint or oil-based enamel, they will require special treatment. Spot checking with a paint sample in an inconspicuous area will help you determine this.
Q: In an active house full of kids, how has the finish lasted?
A: The finish has held up great. The pantry door (the door that gets the most action in our house) has been nicked a couple times. I keep a sample of paint handy for touch ups. Other than that, I have had no issues with chipping. If anything, the black finish helps hide the dirty little handprints that used to appear everywhere.
I hope that helps you decide if this project is right for you.
If you have addtional questions please feel free to leave them in the comments. I'll be back this afternoon to answer them!
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