We’re on our fourth house in 12 years and I’ve never painted our interior doors. I’ve seen it become more popular in recent years and was intrigued – especially when homes with mostly white walls had doors in shades of blue and gray.
We recently had our entryway wallpapered in this Serena & Lily Priano wallpaper and the moment it was installed, I simply knew we had to paint the doors. I felt the doors looked…blah before and once the wallpaper was installed, it drew attention to that even more.
It was between Sherwin William’s Gray Screen and Benjamin Moore’s Marilyn’s Dress (which was incidentally, the color of our master bedroom and bath in our last home). I compared the paint samples to the wallpaper and Marilyn’s Dress was the clear winner. It was the perfect shade of powdery blue/gray and its tonality complemented the wallpaper so well.
I purchased my paint at Sherwin Williams, so it was color matched to Benjamin Moore. I used their interior/exterior low VOC paint that is wipeable. It was more expensive (about $73 for the gallon) but I didn’t want a ton of paint fumes and wanted a durable finish.
I started by sanding our doors with 180 grit sandpaper. Then, I cleaned them with warm water and vinegar and let them dry. Then I taped off the area and got to work, using both a foam roller and paint brush. I recommend using the roller first and then the brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies and give an even finish (I had to do three coats to get the proper finish).
Before painting and during:
I did two doors and then had my painter come the following week and paint our powder room walls (also Marilyn’s Dress). I also had him do the shoe closet door, powder room door and pantry door. I love it so much I think I may do all of our upstairs doors myself.
Before and after (shoe closet and powder room door)
Here is the pantry door, before and after – I’m so glad we did it!
This is a very simple weekend project – I hope you try it if you want to enhance your interior doors!
The end result looks fantastic. I love how well it ties together, and the color is a great shade.
Thank you so very much!
Jennifer E Foor says
you decided on removing the wine fridge/
Yes! We sold it to a couple renovating their kitchen and decided to add a drawer and cabinet combo there! I think it will look great and be more functional!
What is the silver thing above your oven? Never seen that before in my life? Something American, I bet 🙂
The colour looks great, I love how more people are embracing colours, instead of just various shades of gray.
Hi there! It is a pot filler. Water comes out of if so you can fill the pot there and not have to carry it from the sink.
I love it!! Side note, are those kid security locks I see on the top left of your front door? Where did you buy those?
Here you go! https://www.veronikasblushing.com/2018/07/the-one-child-safety-item-you-may-be-missing-at-home-why-you-need-it.html
Hi Veronika! Do you know the brand of your door hardware? Its the perfect chunky black!
I don’t sorry! But try Emtek for a similar look!
Corbin Dodge says
I definitely agree with you re: color matching Benjamin Moore colors at a Sherwin-Williams store– that’s a great way to save on paint costs while still obtaining a BM-comparable color.
A few added tips that I learned from my mom who’s an ASID licensed interior designer:
– The base white at Sherwin-Williams has a slightly yellower tint than the base used at Bm, so make sure to point this out when color- matching a BM paint
Sherwin-Williams offers a paint line that beats any we’ve found at BM – if you’re seeking a high-quality, durable hard finish that smoothly levels out with barely any brush or roller marks, while maintaining the slick look of oil – based paint, then I strongly suggest checking out their “Pro-Classic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel.” It has a suprisingly smooth and lush finish unlike any comparable we’ve ever tested from BM or other high-end brands.
Plus, you can sign up for their email alerts and purchase it during one of their 40% off sales events.
Don’t know what color you want yet? Any good paint store will allow you to buy the base paint- then just return whenever you’ve selected a color and they’ll add the color pigment to it at no c harge
p. S, if the color match isn’t satisfactory, most SW stores will re-mix it for free! (within a reasonable time, of course)