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Painting A Door Black: A Step By Step Door Painting Guide

Painting A Door Black: A Step By Step Door Painting Guide

If you are looking to add drama to your rooms, black interior doors will look just perfect in your home. If you are concerned about the budget, a wise decision would be to paint your internal doors black rather than purchasing a new black door.

6 Steps For Painting A Door Black

Following proper instructions is necessary when painting any door. Read the below-mentioned steps for painting your internal door black.

1. Remove Door Knobs

 Removing Door Knob


Before starting with painting your internal door, you would want to remove the door knobs along with any other hardware attached to the door. It would become easier to paint your door when it is free from knobs or hinges. If you still wish to leave the door knobs on the door, we recommend you cover them with painter’s tape.

2. Clean Your Doors

Clean Your Doors


Cleaning your doors shouldn’t be a bigger deal, as this is something that is done on a regular basis. If the surface of the door is clean, painting the door becomes a smoother process. Getting rid of the dirt, finger prints, and grease will help the black paint adhere faster to your internal door.

3. Use a Paintbrush to Paint Recessed Areas of the Door

Painting Recessed Areas of a Door


Many doors such as pocket doors or panel doors, have recessed panels in them that can be a little difficult to paint due to their complicated structure. Paint the recessed areas using a paintbrush as it would be difficult to paint them with the help of a paint roller.

4. Roll on the First Coat of Paint

Rolling First Coat of Paint


The first coat of paint is also known as the base coat. Many people make use of just paint brushes for painting a door. However, we suggest using a combination of both paint brushes and paint rollers for a smooth finish and texture. Using both of these makes your job get done faster.

5. Roll on the Second Coat of Paint

Rolling Second Coat of Paint


Allow the first base coat of paint to dry before proceeding with applying the second coat of paint. Rolling the second coat of paint transforms your door to a whole next level. Applying a second coat of paint improves the texture of the door, providing a smooth and even finish to your black door.

6. Let the Doors Dry

Drying Doors

After applying both the coats of paint to your internal door, wait for a few hours to let the paint dry completely. Once the paint has dried, you may proceed with attaching the door knobs or other pieces of hardware on your black internal door.

Do’s and Don’ts for Painting Your Doors Black

Painting your doors black is surely a big step. However, there are certain things to be kept in mind while painting your internal doors black. Let us check out some of the do’s and don’ts for the same.

    1. Don’t go overboard with introducing too much black. Opt for light coloured flooring or tiles when painting the doors black.

    2. Do add contrast as it’s always a better idea to maintain balance with colours. Paint your walls with fresh and lighter shades, to highlight your black door.

    3. Don't take breaks in between. If you pause while applying the coats of paint, the paint can dry unevenly, resulting in dry patches on your door.

    4. Do sand and prime your door if the need be. Certain doors that are old can contain uneven wood or cuts in them. Sanding the door for an even surface lets, you paint your door without any hassles.

Reasons To Have Black Interior Doors in Your Home

Not everyone prefers to paint their doors black, as it's a matter of personal choice and belief. But there are many instances where having a black interior is worth it.

    1. Painting a door black can make your door look more expensive, bold, and royal.

    2. If you are looking to add drama to your room, nothing beats a black door.

    3. Black door is perfect for striking-balance and complementing any room.

    4. Great for drawing attention to any particular room.

    5. Easier to clean and maintain as it shows fewer stains, dirt, and fingerprints.

    6. Creating an illusion of your ceiling looking taller and higher.


Painting your interior door black is surely an easy DIY task when carried out carefully by following all the steps mentioned above. If you are still not confident about painting your internal door yourself, we suggest purchasing a black internal door instead. 

Purchasing a black interior door is more convenient as it will not consume much time and energy. And on top of that, you need not worry about uneven finishes or spilling paints on your clothes.



Shabana Kauser is the dynamic owner of Emerald Doors, the famous door-selling company in the UK with immense knowledge and experience in working with architecture, interior design, and home decor. She continues to share tips and technical know-how of balancing interior elements, door fittings, room aesthetics, and the like. Personally, she loves coffee, always dabbling with several blends.