Our new house is coming together slowly but surely. I would love to have everything renovated and decorated but honestly we can’t afford to do everything at once, so we are doing what we can. I also read a great piece of advice that really resonated with me from an interior design article my friend sent me. It said, ” Take your time, try and handle letting a room be empty or even half empty until you find the right piece that is just right for the space. Don’t settle for something that you aren’t in love with. Save up and buy from your favorite artist, OR find something thrift or vintage and re-upholster or re-paint it to make it fresh and new!” via apartmenttherapy.  So that is exactly what we are doing!
 
For this DIY project I wanted a way to break up all the white paint we have going on and add some depth. We also have some black furniture and accents that I wanted to play off of. But the main reason I wanted to paint the doors black was because I wanted to replace our front door and backyard door altogether for something more our style. But after a few trips to different places that sell doors we found that the quotes were outrageous after they tacked on all the extra fees! The base prices were reasonable, the extra fees weren’t! So we figured out that we had to find a way to update our doors on a budget. We bought new hardware (door knobs, handles, and locks), paint for the doors, and painting supplies. My hubby Carl replaced all the knobs/handle, and locks, and I prepped and painted the doors. I ended up painting the front and backside of our front door, the inside of our backyard door, and the inside of our garage door. Carl and I absolutely love the way the doors turned out!!! We love it so much we are contemplating painting the french doors that are off the studio and maybe even the rest of the doors in the house. There are a lot of doors so I really have to think about that! But the matte black is just so classy!
 
Here are the before and after pictures, as well as the supplies I used:
 

Supplies:

 
- 1 Small foam roller with an extra 3 pack (you want to use foam, not polyester or microfiber because it won’t be smooth)

- 2 quarts of Matte (Flat) Black Behr paint and primer in one. ( I bought 1 quart of indoor paint and 1 quart of outdoor paint. The paint and primer in one saved me the hassle of having to prime separately. You must prime doors that have been already painted if you want the paint to stick and paint to look right)

- 2 paint pans (since I had one can of indoor paint and one can that was outdoor paint and didn’t want them mixing)

- Drop cloth or plastic sheets

- Paint stick to stir paint

- Painters tape for door and trim

- 1″ Wooster Pro paint brush

- Spotify music playlist (optional)
 
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 Before (Front Door)

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Carl installing the new knobs and locks

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After (front door):

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After (Door to the garage. We are still working on our stairs)

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Before (Kitchen/Breakfast nook and backyard door area):

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Before (Backyard door)

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Carl was taking off the old door hardware so I can prep the door for painting

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I used the painters tape to line the glass and the side of the door by the hinges to prevent paint from touching places it shouldn’t. I roller painted going in the longest direction of each section of the door. Then I used the small paint brush to touch up the edges and the frame around the glass.

 

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After (Backyard door)

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