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Painting Bedroom Doors Black

It’s another week of the #newroomnewyear challenge. We are almost getting to the end, and as each week goes by, it’s exciting to see it take shape! This week I am sharing with you the progress of painting bedroom doors black using Benjamin Moore’s Universal Black. It really gave our flat panel doors an upgrade! There is the video of me painting the doors with this post. It’s amazing how black paint looks like it’s a dusty gray until it dries. You can see how I started this project here and my original plans.

Hallway with trim and chair rail

Our bedroom doors have been white for the 20+ years we’ve lived here, I just wanted something really, really different and I was ready for a really big change. I will admit the reviews are a mixed bag from the people that live in this house, and I received a remote text from one of our college students who said “Why would you do that, I don’t think it will look good.” So there’s that.

Hallway before makeover with rug and white doors

The truth is we have very ugly, hollow core flat panel doors that are original to the house. After almost 60 years, let me tell you, these doors have seen some things.  They are even a “little” too short because some where along the way someone must have decided that they rubbed too much on the carpet (after they installed it over the beautiful oak hardwood), and cut them along the bottom about an inch too short (you can see it in this hallway long shot). We have had bedroom doors that are too short on the bottom for 20 years… There isn’t much I can do at this point to ruin them so I might as well have fun and give them a glow up.

A woman painting a  white flat paneled door with black paint

To paint the doors black, I used Benjamin Moore Advance paint. It’s super durable and meant for high traffic uses such a cabinets and doors. After giving them a quick sand, I used a super dense flat foam roller and a soft angle brush to paint. It took about two coats three hours a part to apply and let dry. You might ask, is painting them on their hinges the best way to paint them?  No, it’s not. What would be best is to take them off their hinges and lay them flat somewhere and paint them over a day or two, but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do. I left the interior door and trim of each door white in the rooms and only painted the hallway side.

Painting the door trim with black paint and a brush

I will say that this paint is a little stinky compared to their Aura brand, and I did have to leave the windows open in 30 degree weather for a while. This might be a better spring time project for the future.

Bedroom doors painted black in a hallway

I absolutely love the way the doors look painted black! While it does make the hallway darker than before, I love the look. It’s really dramatic and grounding. I also love our living room painted black as well! The hallway is finally starting to feel like it is intentional instead of a just a pass through area! The wallpaper mural and lighting will be happening this week and next week I’ll share the final reveal with you!

Hallway doors painted black

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  1. I was not sure about painting the doors black but like always, should have trusted your design idea, the doors look so darn good. You have now given me a great idea for my ugly hollow core doors!

  2. My doors are all painted black & all my trim is as well. I love it-
    Actually I’m not a bright colored decorator so my gray, black, white with touches of red or a change up with lime green are just perfect for MY taste.

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