Another Black Door Transformation!
So I have a confession: I’ve become down right obsessed with black accents. OBSESSED. You’ve probably noticed it by now if you’re a regular around here. Pops of black are creeping in all over the place and I love it. Seriously, what took me so long to fall in love with black accents?! I have no idea, but I’m sure glad I’ve discovered them now. And as you might have guessed by today’s post title, I’m back at it again with painting doors black and this time it’s in the living room! I’ve actually been thinking about doing this since I painted the doors in the basement, but I hesitated because I just wasn’t sure if I was brave enough to do it in the living room too. For some reason it felt like a big step. I guess black paint seems a bit scary when your heart is used to loving neutrals. But after seeing how good the doors looked in the basement, I decided to go for it. And HOLY SMOKES–I love how it turned out. I can’t wait to show you the before and after. Let’s start with a little reminder of how the doors looked before:
And now with the doors painted black:
Another shot of the doors before:
Pretty crazy what a difference a little black paint can make, right?! They just pop off the white walls and I love the contrast. I think it gives the room so much more depth.
When I painted the doors in the basement we got lucky and didn’t have to prime them. But this time around, these doors had been painted with an oil-based paint, so we had no choice but to prime them first. And as you probably know, you can’t paint over oil-based paint or the paint will just peel right off. So to start I did a simple test with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. I rubbed it over a small area on the door and no paint came off, which confirmed that it was oil-based paint. (If the paint had come off on the cotton ball that would have been a water based or latex paint and I wouldn’t need a primer. See more about info about it here.) Anyway, we used Zinsser primer and then followed that up with two coats of Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore in a semi-gloss finish.
I always say it, but paint is basically like magic. I love before and after transformations like this because it’s just amazing what difference paint can make in only a matter of a few hours. I’ve been loving this change from white to black doors and like I said earlier, I think it gives this room so much more depth. Now the doors feel more like a piece of decor instead of just a part of the wall that blended in with everything else, which is pretty snazzy. And the best part of all is that when my husband says I just paint everything white I can kindly remind him of these doors and prove him wrong. WINNING.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. Let me know what you think of my doors, I’d love to hear it! xo
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