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Paint it Black-How to Paint Your Door Black

When I came across an image of a black door on Pinterest, a lightbulb went off in my head. You see, I had been contemplating if I should replace a dingy, white door in my kitchen. The door leads out to the garage and has a window. I was not crazy about the view of the garage through the window nor was I crazy about the bland, white paint on the door. I decided to be adventurous and paint my door black- queue in The Rolling Stones “Paint it Black”. Love that song. Anyhow,  let me tell you how I did it.

painted black door

Let’s first take a look at the original state of the door.

door makeover

Now let’s take a look of the door after adding bamboo shades and about 4 coats of black trim/door paint.

black door diy

Supplies Needed to Paint Your Interior Door Black

  • black semi-gloss door/trim paint. I used Valspar’s Paint and Primer Trim Paint
  •  sandpaper 120-180 grit
  • paint roller frame
  • foam roller (the package on mine said “recommended for cabinets and doors”
  • paint tray
  • paint brush
  • painter’s tape


How I Painted My Kitchen Door Black

This project is pretty self-explanatory. First, I lightly sanded the door with sandpaper. I then cleaned off the dust with a wet rag. I actually was a major slacker and did not use any painter’s tape. Don’t be half-assed like me…use the tape to protect the areas you don’t want to paint. After prep is complete, get to painting. I first took my brush and painted the detailed creases of the door and the borders. Then, I took my foam roller and went over the entire door making sure to try to smooth the brush marks as best as I could.  I had to do repeat this process about 4 times (4 coats of paint) to completely cover the pre-existing white. This was a super easy diy project. I like the pop of warmth the black added to our light and airy kitchen.

kitchen blue pic round vase watermark

I let the paint dry overnight. Then, my husband bought some bamboo shades (from Lowes) and installed them over the window of the door. Voila! Door transformation complete.



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...