Painted Pantry Door

I enjoy our home projects so much that I go from one to another and forget to blog about them!  Last week I added a little pop to our white pantry door by painting it black.

Here's the before:

To prep the door, I cleaned it with diluted Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena Multi-surface Concentrate.  Smells great and cleans really well.  When door surface was dry, it was time to paint.

My paint of choice for this project was Olympic One Paint & Primer in Black Magic interior satin latex.  

Olympic One Black Magic Paint & Primer

For me, painting a door has always been a bit tricky - which areas do you paint first, in which direction and in which order?

Fortunately, I found a great source of how-to info at Love, Pomegranate House.  Talitha shares a wonderful diagram that shows step-by-step instructions:

Love, Pomegranate House

Using a brush for the inset areas and a roller for all other areas of the door, the first coat of paint went on easily.  The dark paint on a white surface always looks a bit scary after the first coat.  

Thankfully, the second coat looked beautiful and filled in all the splotchy light areas.  

We have lots of black accents in our home and I like the way the door now highlights them throughout our open concept floor plan.  And, against the white door frame, the color really pops.  

We like it so much that I'm now planning to paint the inside of our front door as well - the black door will look nice at the end of our long foyer.

Have you painted any of your interior doors a color other than white?  Do you enjoy them?  

Thank you to Kathryn at The Dedicated House for featuring this project!!!

Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting! 

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  1. It looks great! I wish I would have had that diagram when painting my pantry door black. I think I need to bookmark that one. :)

  2. It looks fab Carolyn! I have been thinking of doing this very same thing to my pantry door, thanks for the push!

  3. Carolyn, It looks fantastic.. I love the look.. I have never painted a door anything but white.. thanks for sharing.

  4. Looks so much better! I really like the way it picks up the black from your artwork next to it. And that wreath... LOVE!

  5. Isn't paint awesome? I love how it can transform. This looks great!

  6. Your pantry door looks awesome. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle!

  7. The pantry door painted packs a big punch in your house. It really stands out.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  8. Your newly painted pantry door looks great! I must admit that I've never painted a door any color other than white!

  9. Carolyn, I love your painted door! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you tonight at the Before & After party! Have a lovely rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse