Life Love Larson: Black Interior Front Door


Friday, July 18, 2014

Black Interior Front Door

Happy Friday, friends! I finally crossed off a project that has been on my to-do list for a loooooong time! The interior side of our front door is now glossy black and I love it as much as I knew I would. Now all interior doors that lead outside on the first floor are black. The mudroom door is black on both sides, as well as the door off the eating area that leads to the back patio. I'm thinking my front door is going to be black soon too, so stay turned for that!

I eventually want to replace this door with one that is mostly glass, but other projects are taking precedence. Until that time, the glossy black makes it feel like new again!

I love light and bright spaces and my first floor is full of light. I was a little worried that a black door at the front of the house might make the space feel dark, but I feel it just adds richness to the space.

Here are a few shots of the door before, painted in our trim color, SW Alabaster. The wall color is SW Big Chill.

Now that the door is black, the moldings stand out and the door doesn't look so builder grade.

I used paint that I already had on hand to paint the other doors, Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer in Semi Gloss. It's an exterior paint so it's super durable and super glossy, which I love. The color is Dark Kettle Black.

I used a foam roller, applied 3 coats, allowing drying time in between coats. I use a small craft brush to fill in around the door handle/lock. Always make sure to start with a clean surface and wipe the doors down first!

I think the whole country was experiencing lower than normal temps this week, which was exactly the motivation I needed to get this project done! xo


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  2. Love your door painted black! We are building and want a black front door of nearly the same style!

    May I ask what color your wood floors are stained? They are gorgeous too!

    1. Hi Kristen! The stain color is a 50/50 cut of Ebony and Special Walnut (SW stain colors). You can read more about our hardwoods here... Also, you can read about our newest front door here - it has glass panels. Something to consider as it comes in black too!