Something that was on our 2021 project list, was to replace all of our interior doors. But the truth is, they are actually really nice solid wood! So we went the more cost effective route and painted all the interior doors. I knew the moment we walked into this house that the orangey, knotty alder had to go, but it wasn’t exactly high on the priority list. It has been pushed aside and postponed but could no longer be ignored, especially as we approach selling our house. I think the reason it hasn’t quite happened before now is that it’s quite daunting imagining painting ALL of the interior doors in our house. How do I choose a color? I knew white was going to be a little too boring, but did I want to go with accessible beige to match all the trim and baseboards? Who even knows.
It wasn’t until we painted the basement family room in greenblack by Sherwin Williams (including the doors) that I had my moment of clarity. All-black interior doors would be timeless, classy, and would be the perfect compliment our modern cottage home. We have black accents throughout including all of our windows, the doors in the dining room, the stair railings, and some of the light fixtures, so these doors would look great from a hallway, and from inside a room. I matched the color to the stair railing, and came up with tricorn black by Sherwin Williams.
Instead of tackling this big project on our own, we decided to get a quote from a painter and for 17 doors, he said he would fill all of the knots, degloss, sand, prime, and paint, for a total of… $1,200. Done. We were a little bit concerned about our girls’ sleep getting disturbed without doors to their rooms, but were so impressed that it only took him about a week’s time to finish it all. He even used a satin enamel paint to give them a nice sturdy finish.
This is a view of Greta’s room, looking first at her closet doors, her bathroom door, and the entrance door into her room.
And the cutest little peak into the girl’s bathroom.
I’m only just a little sad it took us this long to do. I think the future home-owners will love the aesthetic value they bring to this home we have loved so much.