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Black Interior Doors

I finally have an AFTER to show you today!
I know I mostly do a whole lot of talking about projects I want to do/have started/am knee deep in – but I barely ever FINISH anything. Jeesh. That’s a crazy expectation.
First and foremost I must say
because if he started a project, like say, putting the first coat on a bunch of doors, and then abandoned it for months on end, I would probably be slightly annoyed.
He, however, never said a word, God bless his sweet heart.
And I finally got back to it and am here to tell you how glad I am that I took the plunge and
(on the first floor anyway!)
You wanna see?
The living room……….
{The 2012 version above is a bit deceiving because those white chairs are actually from our dining table while I played around with furniture and tried to figure out what the heck I want to do with that room.}
The foyer……
Here’s a little flavor of our kitchen when we first looked at the house. All the trim and doors were either natural (orange) wood or painted peach.
The pantry doors…….
Bathroom and garage doors, the French door into the dining room, and the kitchen slider.

I know it’s not for everyone, but I totally and completely love the black!!

I really wanted to go all light, bright and neutral in this house and bring in pops of color with accessories, but it ended up being so much harder than I expected. Where some of the rooms looked kind of flat before, I feel like the black brings a bit of contrast and depth to the spaces. It helped me to figure out – after almost three years in this house – what color palette I want to hone in on

{whites – black – naturals (wood, seagrass rugs, bamboo shades, baskets) – a bit of green}

**PLUS** it hides the grubbiness that comes with a St. Bernard and three wild and crazy children!

How about a little glimpse at the real life right outside the camera’s lense in all the above shots…

{Remnants of last night’s dinner (meatballs in the crockpot), bills to be filed, laundry to be ironed, and a whole lotta other projects waiting their turn in the living room corner! }


It’s so fun to play the “I have a clean house” game on my blog 🙂

For black interior door inspirations, visit this post. I also posted about whether black doors were right for my house, here.

I have an amazing kitchen transformation to share with you tomorrow so come on back for a visit!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Shelby Cole

Sunday 2nd of October 2016


I loved your black doors and painted the interior/exterior of the front door last year . Finally started the interiors and wondered if you'd share the procedure you followed.. Did you sand/wash ,etc ,or as Dimples and Tangles did ,only wash the doors good. How many coats did you do ? I bought S.W. exterior satin and the first coat isn't covering well at all . Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated . LOVE ALL YOUR PROJECTS !!!!!


Sunday 2nd of October 2016

Hi Shelby, thank you for your sweet message!! I don't think I washed my interior doors, but gave them a light sanding - not too intensive though. My favorite paint is Ben Moore Regal - the midrange one, not as expensive as Aura but still has good coverage. I have heard that BM Advance is great. I gave my doors at least two coats over the existing white paint. A paint sprayer is great for doors if you're willing to do the prep of taping tarps or newspapers around the doors to protect against overspray. I did that with my exterior doors and garage doors and it was soooooo much easier than brushing them! Good luck and let me know how your doors come out!!


Tuesday 9th of February 2016

I've seen a few of your posts and am so impressed. Keep sharing. It's Inspirational!

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Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Cynthia thank you so much for this sweet message. You made my day!


Thursday 20th of June 2013

Oh wow, they look fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing...I'm really inspired to paint our french doors now!



Tuesday 18th of June 2013

I painted all of my doors black downstairs, and am currently working on upstairs! LOVE them, and have never once looked back thinking it was a mistake. In fact, I can hear the undone ones up there begging for paint right now!


Thursday 13th of June 2013

Wow, what an impact those black doors make. I love them! Your living room looks fantastic too! I'm a big fan of playing the "I have a clean house" on my blog too.