DIY Painted Interior Doors
My home is truly my happy place. Every morning, I take 30 minutes to drink my coffee and just look around and really appreciate how much I love this place. Everywhere you look there are touches of happiness, beautiful memories, and potential. I love having weekends packed with home renovation and decor projects. One such project was our interior doors.
This was one of those projects that I just kinda off-handedly mentioned one day and then we ran with it. I had it in my head that this would take maybe a half hour per door...I was sadly mistaken. After doing a bit of research, we found out that there is, in fact, a RIGHT way to paint a door, and because of the grooves and molding, it needed to be done in a specific order. I found a few guides online and this is the one that made the most sense to me. Thank you, The Ugly Duckling House!
There was also the matter of the fact that our doors were fugly. A former owner had decided to paint just the inside panels gray. Why? Couldn't tell you. But it drove me absolutely insane. Here's a little before action for ya.
The day we painted it was raining. We had just purchased season 3 of Fixer Upper and we were marathon watching it while we carefully painted each section of the doors. We'd yell at the cat every time she got close to the paint tray and then laugh at how intrigued she was by all of it. It sounds silly, but it was kind of the perfect day. Just me, my honey, our animals, and a good weekend project.
It took us about 5 hours to paint both sides of one door. The part that took the longest, was the fact that it's important to let each coat dry before applying another. This assures that you get total coverage. The issue with going from white to black is that the contrast makes it very easy to see any little places that may have been missed. We kept a little bit of paint out and touched up the door the next day after it had completely dried, and we could see a couple little spots in the morning sun.
I'm amazed at how much of a difference it made and while it definitely took longer than we had anticipated, it was worth every second. This is in our master bedroom, but we plan on doing all the doors in the upstairs hallway as well after we've painted the walls out there. I think this project could have gone a little faster with a paint sprayer, which I plan on asking Santa for for Christmas this year ;)
I hope you love it! You can expect lots more posts coming up in the next few weeks, as we have been very busy little bees! It's hard work turning a house into your dream home, but we're making it <3