apple Our Fifth House: Pinterest Inspired Black Doors

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Black Doors

Remember back in January when my patio doors were replaced with sliding doors and I talked about how I wasn't sure whether I should paint them black or white?  Yes, I just said, "back in January."  Don't judge - I'm slow and I get side-tracked pretty easily.  Anyhow, guess what?!  Thanks to the ol' Pinterest Challenge that Katie, Sherry, Kate and Michelle issued I finally painted them.

Truth be told, and Andrea can attest to this, I had already taped and primed them long before they issued the challenge, but I still hadn't painted them until this past weekend.  I think I was a little nervous about going black even though that is what I really wanted to do deep down in my design-obsessed heart.  White just seems safer, but when they issued the challenge last week I think that was just the push I needed to finally finish this project......... and just paint them black already......... and stop going back and forth........ and staring at them all taped and primed........... and doing nothing about it........ and second guessing myself............. and just do it already!

Via Pinterest, I found this inspiring picture of black glass paneled doors in a guest bedroom featured at Traditional Home.
                                              

black interior doors






                                                      

                                         

So this past weekend, I got busy with my foam roller and Purdy paint brush (that I got at Haven).


No I didn't consume 2 bottles of wine......while I was painting.  ;) 


It took 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint.  I used SW All Surface Enamel Latex paint in a black satin finish.  The hardest part of the painting process was having to take the sliding doors off in order to paint the side of the stationary door.  Thankfully the hubs was around to do that part because those doors are heavy - and I don't mean a little.  All in all I am so glad I finally crossed this off my to-do list (that I made back in February - better late than never right?).  I can't believe I waited this long! 

Here's how the room looked with the old doors (that needed to be replaced because they were rotting).  


Here's how it looked with the new unfinished sliding doors. (day of install) 


Here's how it looks now. 

black sliding doors

black sliding doors

The black doors add some drama to the room.  I think they make the fireplace stand out even more.  That whole wall has really become more of a focal point in this room. 

black sliding doors

black sliding door




Does it take you a long time to make decisions and get things done in your home?  Now that I'm done I can hardly believe I ever questioned whether I should paint them black.  I love them like this so much!  I know black doors aren't for everyone, but it feels really good to do what you love in your own home......to follow your own instincts...........to go with your first choice no matter what anyone else might think............to decorate your home with a no-fear-no-rules design attitude......because at the end of the day it's just that, your home.

Thanks for issuing the challenge girls!


You lit the fire I needed! 

Have you done any Pinterest inspired projects lately?  Did any of you take the challenge?

65 comments:

  1. They look SO good!
    I would be so scared to go as bold as black - but wow.

    I love how in the pictures the sun washes out the majority of doors while they're white/unfinished, but you can see every detail once they're black.

    awesome!

    I love the scarf on the horse, too. so fun!

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  2. Such a big beautiful difference. Your doors look so good!

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  3. Love the difference. I keep looking through pictures of black doors saying, I'm gonna do it, then I back down because I don't know if I'll like it. I guess it's only paint and I can change it back right?

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  4. Those doors look frickin' awesome! What a big impact. And yes, I take forever to get projects finished in my house. Life gets in the way, and that's a good thing :)

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  5. Girl they look awe-some!!!! Wow. Yes, major drama added and it really brings out some of the other elements in the room. Still swooning over that coffee table of yours. Wonderful job. Please come and paint mine, now. I will serve the wine ;)

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  6. They look great! This room just gets better and better!

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  7. I love the new paint job! The doors look awesome! Congrats on knocking one more thing off the to-do list. :)

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  8. Boy, do the ever add some drama! Fantastic! I've had 2 interior doors painted black for over a year, and just bought the paint two days ago to do the rest! Love it!

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  9. Wow, that is a HUGE difference! They look really awesome Carmel. The whole room just pops now.

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  10. That turned out so beautiful! I have been obsessing over black doors lately! I need to just rip off the old badaid and give it a shot in my home. I am a total "think about a project too long and procrastinate forever" kind of girl too!

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  11. what a difference! they are so classic, dramatic, and SO very you!

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  12. love it! i've been wanting to do this for a long time, but i'm just too chicken to paint our doors, but this is nudging me in that direction.

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  13. Love Love Love it!! It makes such a difference and I think it totally finishes the room. The cherry on top! I've been wanting to do that for a long time, and like you just have't gotten around to it. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  14. wow.......i love it and so far all the blogs that have shown there black doors i love it....i think Kat from SH just did all her inside doors black and what a dramatic statement they made......i am sitting here now looking at what doors i can paint black!!!

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  15. You are brave, and it paid off!! Looks fantastic, Janell

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  16. Wow, all I can say is wow! Serious drama. It looks amazing!

    And don't worry, we're all working on projects we started a year, I mean, 6 months ago :-)

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  17. Those black doors just pop in that room now. What a difference.

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  18. Seriously, my first thought was "Holy crap, that's good!" ...That's still my thought. I freaking love them black!

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  19. Looks great! You must be so happy that you finally took the plunge! :-)

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  20. I love the black doors {I just posted about my black-painted windows yesterday!} And YES, it takes me forever to get anything done. :)

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  21. It looks really good - so glad you went for it! And don't feel bad; I've been painting my son's room over the course of our months. Disgusting how slow I am. But then, people, dishes, laundry, and soccer do come first!

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  22. Those doors are phenomenal! The black really makes a bold statement! I also love your sliding doors, they are so gorgeous! I absolutely love how classy they look! :)

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  23. those doors...and the new dark color...are gorgeous!!! You made a good choice! yes...I hem and haw for agggeeeesssss! Did the same thing before painting my interior front door black...and it's one of the best things I did for that part of the house! Great job!

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  24. So pretty, so pretty! And that post of yours about the doors was the first one I ever read of yours! I remember leaving a comment and it was maybe the first week of me ever leaving comments on blogs:) Anyway, the doors are awesome, yay for listening to your gut.

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  25. I love it! I thought the doors looked great white but they look even more gorgeous black.

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  26. The black doors look fantastic!!! I love how such a small change can make such a big difference!

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  27. Ok Carmel, those just totally MAKE the room! I mean, seriously, they look so awesome! It completely changes things and makes the room look much bigger and more multi-dimensional. I'm sure that is a cool "DIY" word right? LOL!
    Well done girl!
    Vanessa

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  28. Fabulous - they look like NYC vintage building iron windows! They really make a dramatic statement! My neighbor just did the same thing in her kitchen and I LOVE the look. Hmmm, maybe I need me some black windows/doors?
    Kelly

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  29. I love the black on the doors, it makes them pop!

    PS-I love your blog!

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  30. Boom!! Get it girl! That's is awesome. Looks great. Where did that sweet striped blanket over your pier one chair come from?

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  31. Wow - what a difference! Looks great!

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  32. The black doors look AMAZING!! I love how they turned out!! Such a dramatic difference! Great job girl!

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  33. Those look so good! I wouldn't have had the guts to do it, but they make the room absolutely pop now!

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  34. Thanks so much everyone! Now I'm just kicking myself for taking so long to do this!

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  35. BOOM girl....They look fantastic for real!!! I love the whole room :)

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  36. This definitely adds a high-end WOW factor! Fabulous! Being brave totally paid off! :)

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  37. Oh my goodness, I loooooove. Seriously, no more words, I just looooooooove! GREAT job! PS. I need to find a door in my house to paint black now!

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  38. Do I spy changes to the painted cabinet next to the doors?? Wine types written onto it maybe? That is nice. Maybe a refection on your recent trip??

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  39. When we built our Craftsman bungalow, I went round and round in my head about painting the inner window frames black. It was done a lot in old houses, and we were trying incorporate details in our new house that one would have found back in the 1920s when bungalows were prominent. I sissied out. Of course, that was long before Pinterest and even before I found design blogs.

    Good on you for taking the leap to go for black doors. I agree -- they make that wall really pop, and they really class up the room. Gorgeous!

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    Iron Doors

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  41. I can't believe the difference that the black makes. It makes a huge statement and it looks gorgeous! Just beautiful!

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  42. Wow...talk about the drama! Those black doors seriously make the room! and I thought it looked great before! And yes, the fireplace really stands out! Great job!

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  43. Just found your blog through YHL - I am obsessed already. Your living room is gorgeous!

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  44. I love the look! I also love the white cusions on your Pier 1 chair. I have the same one and have been DYING to find something just like that, rather than the outdoor cushion from the store I'm currently living with. Could you please share where you got yours? Thanks!

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  45. I am also here from YHL and I think the black looks fantastic! In fact I love the entire room and I'm gonna go look at more pics of your house cause I love your style :) I especially love the horse head on the fireplace and I was wondering where you got it?

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    1. I purchased it from ZGallerie a few years ago. It's not available any longer but maybe you could try checking ebay? Sometimes I find closed out merchandise over there.

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  46. The transformation is absolutely incredible!! Fantastic job!!

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  47. I have been debating this in my own loft in Montreal! Are they doors made of alulminum? Obviously if they are sliding doors? Is this why you used enamel paint? Does it adhere - questions questions! But this is such a cool look - just 'finishes' it doesn't it? Kudos to you!

    Elena - www.ideainteriorsmtl.blogspot.com

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    1. The doors are wood on the inside and are wrapped with a weather resistant material on the outside. I used an acrylic paint that was recommended for painting doors and cabinets and it's held up really great!

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  51. Hi Carmel! I can't believe I've never visited your blog! I love it! Saw it for the first time yesterday, fell in love with the black front door, came home and told David we needed to do it. Well, luckily he was recently laid off because I came home from lunch today and guess what he was doing.......painting the front door black! It is looking awesome. I'll send you a pic when we're finished. Thanks for the awesome idea. I'll be back for more! Dawn Stewart (now in Atlanta, GA)

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  52. I love the black ones.. but white gives more light. Just sharing my opinion.


    Matthew
    www.windowplanet.com

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