When we were looking for a house, time and time again each house proudly boasted the originial hollow core doors from the 50′s. And time and time again, I knew they would have to be replaced if we bought the house. So when we actually found our house, it was no surprise that it was filled with hollow core doors. But not just hollow core doors…doors that just didn’t work. Many of them wouldn’t close or get jammed. So it has been on the “to do” list to replace them since day one.
Well, day one came and we eagerly went out and purchased a solid, 6-panel wood door for Oliver’s room. I was so happy. I couldn’t wait to get rid of the cheap door. And then installing it happened…whomp, whomp. My dad was so amazing and took it on himself. But I had no idea how frustrating hanging a new door could be. When it was installed, I knew that we would need to take a break and re-evaluate.
We fixed the few doors that weren’t working and lived with them for a while. Then I started thinking…is it worth the headache (not to mention the cost) to replace all the doors with solid doors? Then I saw a few ideas on Pinterest that had me thinking…I ran to the hardware store, bought myself some moulding and paint. Before I knew it, I was experimenting with updating the existing doors (I didn’t even tell my husband) and I fell hard for how it transformed the door. Here’s the how-to on how I did it (don’t worry, I’ll get to the COLOR soon).
This is the door to our guestroom which faces the living room…this was one of the doors that didn’t close when we purchased the house. My dad and husband cut it down but it got some wear as a result. So it was the best door to experiment with!
I bought three 8′-0″ sections of trim at Home Depot. I measured my six-panel door for the overall measurements and used these dimensions to cut two large rectangles. I used a miter saw to cut each section (my first project with a miter saw and yeah, I’m addicted). Once everything was cut, I lightly sanded everything and started marking where it should hang.
I took Liquid Nails and covered the back of each trim section with it (smoothing everything down with a putty knife so excess goo wouldn’t seep out when I hung it).
I placed the first section of trim on the door where I marked it and made sure everything was level.
I continued with the remaining three sections the same way. Once everything was up, I taped it with painter’s tape so the trim wouldn’t shift around when it was drying.
I did the same with the bottom rectangle. I let it dry for 24 hours and lightly sanded any area where glue had seeped out. I also lightly caulked (with paintable caulk) any corner or section that had a small gap.
Then….the color! Now, I could have easily painted it white and it would have looked great! But I had seen some interiors with black doors floating around the blogosphere (like this and this) and loved the look. It completely changes the feel and felt so classic to me. I also knew that many of the rooms that we would be painting would be light in color and I feared that the white doors would be washed out against the wall color. Plus, it was different and I loved that!! So painting away I went…(again, I didn’t tell my husband so imagine his shock when he came around the corner…).
Before I painted it black, I primed the door and then painted three coats of black (Benjamin Moore Graphite, which is actually a really dark grey). It definitely takes a while to paint each side, I’m not going to lie. But once it was done, I was hooked! I loved the contrast and it feels so classic to me.
Here’s the closet door in our guestroom (sneak peek at the finished wall color!). I love it so much.
Black interior doors aren’t for everyone…would you try it in your home? I have two doors down and seven more to go! It’s going to take a long time but it’s so worth it (and all the pennies we’ll be saving!).