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The Living Room Door is Finally Painted!

Well it’s taken us over four months, but I am SO excited to say that we finally painted the french door in the living room. EEEEKKK! I never thought it would take us this long, but I had a hard time deciding what exactly I wanted to do with this door. And then the holidays happened and it just go pushed off, but we finally painted it and I am SO excited to share the finished look with you guys today. Now if you remember from this post back in September, I switched out our chunky door for a pretty french door. It was actually a simple change, but it made a huge difference in our small room living room and it really lightened up the space. Here’s a super old photo of how it looked before (and when we still had yellow walls!).

Gosh, talk about a a blast from the past. That photo is from when I first started blogging! OK, fast forward a few years and here’s how it looked after we switched out that big white door for a french door:

How to install an interior french door

Such a big change, right?! I left it natural like this for four months, but I wanted more contrast in this corner, so I decided to paint it. I went with my favorite shade of black–Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. Here’s how it looks now:

Farmhouse style living room. Simple cottage decor with neutrals and vintage decor.

Farmhouse decor in the living room with cozy reading nook.

Farmhouse style living room. Simple cottage decor with neutrals and vintage decor..

Another before:

Farmhouse style living room. Fixer upper style with neutrals and vintage decor.

And after:

Farmhouse style living room. Fixer upper style with neutrals and vintage decor.

As soon as we finished painting the door black I knew it was the right decision. I absolutely love it and I can’t believe what a difference it’s made in this corner. This is exactly what I envisioned when I first dreamed up this change and I’m just so happy with it!

Farmhouse style living room. Fixer upper style with neutrals and vintage decor.

Farmhouse style living room. Fixer upper style with neutrals and vintage decor.

I feel like a bit of a broken record, but I really do have an obsession with incorporating more black into our home. I think this is the fourth door we’ve painted black in the last year and I love them all. There’s just something about the contrast between the white walls and black door that I am really drawn to lately. Anyway, the added bonus of this change is that it makes our small living room feel SO much bigger and more open. I kinda feel like these photos don’t do it justice because it really made a HUGE change. And I have to say, it’s these type of easy, character-building projects that I love doing the most in our fixer upper!

Thanks so much for dropping by the blog today!! Here’s a few other renovation posts you might want to stop by:

Kitchen Progress Update: The Passthrough Reveal!

New Window in the Kid’s Room

How to Cover Tile Backsplash with Beadboard

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The Comments

  • Pauline Hinsch
    January 17, 2019

    Absolutely adorable! I’ve been wanting to change the color of my front door but nervous to go dark. This may have just given me the courage to go for it!

    • Sarah
      > Pauline Hinsch
      January 18, 2019

      Ohhhh do it Pauline, you’ll love it!! It’s an easy change.

  • deanne
    January 17, 2019

    love, love,love it!

  • Melissa Filson
    January 17, 2019

    I LOVE IT!!! The contrast is beautiful and it makes a big difference! We painted our front door black a while back and I love it!

    • Sarah
      > Melissa Filson
      January 18, 2019

      Thank you Melissa!! I am so happy with this change. Black was definitely the way to go!

  • Denise N Raley
    January 17, 2019

    oh yes, yes, yes. It looks fabulous!!!!!!

    • Sarah
      > Denise N Raley
      January 18, 2019

      thank you Denise!!

  • Kyla
    January 17, 2019

    It’s looks perfect, black! I’m trying to remember what I voted when you had a poll about what color your should paint it, stain it, or leave it natural. I think my top choice was black. Love it! Did you also get a new ottoman?

    • Sarah
      > Kyla
      January 18, 2019

      Hi Kyla, that ottoman is actually from Target! It’s in the release from Heart and Hand.

  • Marilyn
    January 17, 2019

    Love it! What color did you paint your wall?

    • Sarah
      > Marilyn
      January 18, 2019

      Hi there, the walls are Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.

  • Dena Breitmeyer
    January 17, 2019

    I LOVE it…isn’t it just incredible what paint will do to a space!?! Maybe that is what I love about DIY home projects…how custom we can make our spaces! It’s so fun!

    • Sarah
      > Dena Breitmeyer
      January 18, 2019

      Oh yes, I completely agree with you Dena!

  • Bertha
    January 17, 2019

    I want to change the pantry door in my kitchen.my counter is white .my walls are grey and icy blue.wat colour shall I paint the door?

    • Tammy Ganci
      > Bertha
      January 17, 2019

      Hi, sounds very lovely. I would go with gun metal grey. Just a thought.

      Tammy

    • Sarah
      > Bertha
      January 18, 2019

      Hmmm I actually think black could work. Depending on how blue your walls are!

  • Diana Reeser
    January 17, 2019

    I LOVE IT! That’s exactly what I would have done! Matter of fact, I have 2 French doors in my living room right now that have been white for 30 yrs when we built our home and recently I had decided to paint them black, but still trying to get my husband on board!! It’ll happen. Quick question for you though, you also painted some other doors in your home near your kitchen, right? Did you use the same Benjamin Moore color on those doors? I am trying to choose what black I want to go with. Eeeeek!

    • Sarah
      > Diana Reeser
      January 18, 2019

      Yep, it was Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. That’s the color we’ve used on all our black doors.

  • Tammy Ganci
    January 17, 2019

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    We are painting my house all white, now its all shades in the brown family from light to dark, but now very shortly it will be all white. But now I will do the interior doors black I love it so much. But one suggestion that I have about your reading nook, I love the GATHER sign and it just looks so perfect that please put it back !!! Maybe because I am a two book a month reader I just love that space so much and wish I had one of my very own.

    Enjoy a blessed day,
    Love your blog friend
    Tammy

    • Sarah
      > Tammy Ganci
      January 18, 2019

      haha I might have to put that Gather sign back in there. It did look good!!

  • Chris
    January 17, 2019

    HOORAY!!! This post made me so happy, since 2 days ago I picked up a quart of bm wrought iron to finally paint the inside of my front door!!

    It looks great, Sarah… I was hoping you’d choose black! Now if I could just motivate myself 🤔

    • Sarah
      > Chris
      January 18, 2019

      ohhhh yay!! That’s awesome Chris. Wrought Iron is the best black in my opinion!

  • Susan Blakely
    January 17, 2019

    I love a black door. I think it’s like mascara, putting that last finishing touch brings the whole beautiful look together. Well done.

    • Sarah
      > Susan Blakely
      January 18, 2019

      Oh yessss, you’re so right Susan!! That’s exactly it.

  • Michele Gaydos
    January 17, 2019

    beautiful! have you thought about maybe painting the two windows on either side of the pass-through also for a little more contrast in that area? just thinking…

    • Tammy Ganci
      > Michele Gaydos
      January 17, 2019

      I thought of that also !!!!!!!

      great minds!!!!!

      Tammy

  • Joyce
    January 17, 2019

    Love the door!

    • Sarah
      > Joyce
      January 18, 2019

      thank you Joyce!

  • Valerie
    January 17, 2019

    I love the door. I also noticed the chair or recliner from Walmart. Is it a comfortable chair?

    • Sarah
      > Valerie
      January 18, 2019

      Yes!! We love them. I will do a full review for them soon!

  • Candy
    January 17, 2019

    Hi Sarah
    Well I fell in love with the French door when you first installed it four months ago and got the idea to do this for my laundry room. I love it painted in the black and looks awesome in your room with the contrast of the black lights. I have to get this done in my home now..thanks so much for sharing. I have written down the colour by BM

    • Sarah
      > Candy
      January 18, 2019

      Oh that’s so awesome Candy. I bet your laundry room looks great!

  • Candy
    January 17, 2019

    Me again Sarah!
    I forgot to ask you what paint by BM did you use. Is it a satin and for doors and trim..could you please let me know. Thanks so much and have an awesome day.

    • Sarah
      > Candy
      January 18, 2019

      I believe it’s semi-gloss!

  • Kelly L webster
    January 17, 2019

    Hi! Looks fabulous! Quick question, Do you recall where you picked up your plaid pillows? So pretty!

    • Sarah
      > Kelly L webster
      January 18, 2019

      Hi Kelly, those pillows are from Hobby Lobby 🙂

      • Kelly L webster
        > Sarah
        January 20, 2019

        Thank you!

  • Marcy Bubier
    January 17, 2019

    Omgoodness I love, love, love it! Lately I have had the same obsession with black and white aaaand gray! I’ve also kept little touches of red (only because it’s in some wall decor I just incorporated) I wasn’t sure weather I was liking a really dark gray or black though. We’re getting ready to paint the outside and the entire inside of my house! SOOOO many decisions 🤪 You and Joanna Gaines are my go-to when it comes to what’s in style, so thank you so much for your awesome blog! I truly love it!! ❤️

    • Sarah
      > Marcy Bubier
      January 18, 2019

      Oh wow, you definitely have some big decisions ahead of you Marcy! Good luck to you and thanks so much for the kind words. xo

  • Gayle
    January 17, 2019

    Yes! Perfect colour!! It has just made such a difference, good choice 👍🏼

    • Sarah
      > Gayle
      January 18, 2019

      thank you Gayle, I’m so happy with it!

  • Micheala
    January 18, 2019

    I am obsessed! Such a dramatic difference. Love it Sarah!

    • Sarah
      > Micheala
      January 18, 2019

      Right??! Kinda crazy what a little black paint can do.

  • Sur mcdermott
    January 18, 2019

    I love the way the eye is drawn to the door then your barn lights! It was a great way to use black rather than leave it white!
    Also I used to start my day reading upsetting news & the latest negative goings on. It wasn’t a good way to begin the day… now I check in to your blog & Instagram to get motivated & feel so much better.. & happier! Thank you Sarah!

    • Sarah
      > Sur mcdermott
      January 18, 2019

      Ah that makes me happy!! I have been avoiding the news lately too–it’s never good news!

  • Francesca
    January 18, 2019

    The door looks fantastic. Getting around to painting the door does really finish off a room. Your use of different textures is gorgeous also!

    • Sarah
      > Francesca
      January 18, 2019

      Thank you Francesca, I really appreciate that!

  • Sheri
    January 24, 2019

    I have painted my French doors but also several walls with Rodda paint color Subway. The contrast with our white trim is breathtaking. Our ceilings are 20 feet high so the dark walls don’t close the room. Be brave and try these dark colors!

    • Sarah
      > Sheri
      January 25, 2019

      Oh that sounds awesome Sheri!

  • Wendy
    February 16, 2019

    Where did you get the botanical prints in your reading nook? Love them!