A modern black front door can work wonders in giving your entryway a stunning and dramatic new look! This easy and affordable DIY project is perfect for adding a custom element that enhances your home’s overall visual appeal. Our new house had the classic builder grade front door and the space always felt boring. I wanted a way to add character and appeal to this area of the house, so I decided to make a statement by painting the interior side of the front door black. I’m going to show you the before and after, as well as all my tips & tricks to make this update as easy as possible. This transformative DIY project will update your entryway and elevate your home with it’s modern style.

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The front door when we first moved into the house

How to Create Your Modern Black Front Door

Pick The Perfect Black Paint Color

After doing a lot of research on the best black door paint colors, I came to the realization that stressing over finding the perfect shade of black may not be necessary. Minor differences in black shades are often hard to see, because of variations in natural light, shadows, and surrounding decorations. For my project, I opted for Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. This highly recommended choice was listed among Studio McGee’s ‘Best Black Front Door Paint Colors’. This particular shade offered the ideal balance of depth and richness, perfectly suited for creating a modern and inviting entryway. To bring this vision to life, I painted both the interior and exterior of the front door using a satin finish paint sample from Home Depot, which cost only $4.98. This budget-friendly option not only provided excellent coverage but also ensured a durable and stylish finish that stands the test of time.

Supplies Needed for Painting Your Front Door

  1. Paint: Consider the color and finish carefully; for a modern black front door, opt for a durable paint in your desired shade (e.g., Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black) with a satin or semi-gloss finish for added durability and easy maintenance.
  2. Primer: Depending on the condition and material of your door, you may need a suitable primer. We used KILZ.
  3. Painting Tools:
    • Paintbrushes: Select brushes suitable for your door’s surface, such as angled brushes for edges and details.
    • Paint Roller: A small paint roller can help achieve smooth and even coverage
    • Painter’s Tape: Use painter’s tape to mask off areas you don’t want to paint, such as hinges & hardware
  4. Sandpaper or Sanding Block: Prepare the door surface by sanding lightly to smooth out any imperfections or rough areas. Use fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding block for best results.
  5. Cleaning Supplies:
    • Degreaser or Cleaner: Clean the door thoroughly to remove dirt, grease, and grime. Use a degreaser or a suitable cleaner for exterior surfaces.
    • Rags or Sponges: Use lint-free cloths or sponges to apply cleaner and wipe down the door.
  6. Drop Cloths or Plastic Sheeting: Protect surrounding areas from paint drips and spills by laying down drop cloths or plastic sheeting.
  7. Optional Accessories:
    • Door Knobs/Handles: Consider removing door hardware or covering them with painter’s tape for easier painting. This also requires less clean up work if you get paint on the hardware.

Maximizing Your DIY Success: The Importance of Primer for Your Front Door

The easiest way to paint the front door is to use a basic primer first. DO NOT make the mistake of attempting to paint the door without doing this step first. I tried a small area without it and the paint peeled right off. This simple yet critical step ensures adhesion, durability, and a professional finish for your front door makeover. Here’s why primer is your best friend in this DIY project:

1. Enhances Adhesion: The purpose of primer is to create a bonding surface between the door material and the paint. Without primer, the paint may struggle to adhere properly, leading to peeling, chipping, or uneven coverage. (Trust me, I learned this the hard way)

2. Promotes Durability: Exterior doors are exposed to various elements like sunlight, rain, and temperature fluctuations. A coat of primer adds an extra layer of protection, helping your paint job withstand the outdoor elements and daily wear and tear.

3. Improves Paint Coverage: Primer provides a smooth and uniform base for your paint, allowing for better coverage and color depth. This is especially important when transitioning from a lighter color to a darker shade like black.

DIY Pro Tip: Choose a primer specifically designed for your door material and paint type. For example, KILZ offers primers suitable for both interior and exterior surfaces, ensuring compatibility and optimal results.

Creating Your Modern Black Front Door

Cleaning the Front Door

First, cleaning the door thoroughly before painting is a crucial step that shouldn’t be overlooked. Dust, dirt, grease, and grime can result in an uneven finish. By cleaning the door surface, you ensure that the paint adheres properly and creates a smooth professional-looking coat. Use a suitable cleaner (even dish soap and water) or a degreaser. Don’t forget to rinse and dry the door completely before starting the painting process.

Start with Your Primer

After thoroughly cleaning and prepping your door surface, apply a thin, even coat of primer using a quality brush or roller. Follow the manufacturer’s drying instructions to allow the primer to set properly before applying your chosen black paint coat.

Tips for a Flawless Finish

To ensure a professional-looking finish, follow these simple steps:

Prepping for Perfection:

Before diving in, protect your surroundings. Lay down a drop cloth or plastic sheet to catch any drips, and use painter’s tape to create a clean line around any trim or glass inserts on the door.

Brushwork Basics:

Brushwork is required if you have a front door with panel sections or trim work (rectangle, squares, etc.). For precise application around the panels, use a high-quality brush designed for trim work. Carefully paint around each panel, taking your time to get in all the places that you won’t be able to reach with your roller. Allow this to dry and decide if you need to apply a second coat.

Rolling On a Smooth Finish:

Once the detailed areas are complete, switch to a roller suitable for your chosen paint. Apply the paint in even strokes, working your way from the top to bottom of the door.

A Second Coat (Optional):

Allow the first coat to dry completely according to the paint’s recommended drying time. If you started from a white door, you are most likely going to require a second coat.

The Final Look

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A modern black front door is the focal point of the entryway

As the saying goes, sometimes a little paint goes a long way! This simple and budget-friendly makeover has transformed our front door from basic to bold, making a noticeable impact on our foyer’s overall feel. The best part? This project is achievable for all DIY lovers!

Wanting More Easy Home Updates?

Looking for more easy and affordable ways to update and style your home? Check out these helpful resources:

  • Click here to learn how to create a stunning staircase gallery wall that complements your newly modern entryway.
  • Click here to discover a fantastic staircase makeover project that adds a touch of wow-factor without the expensive cost.

With a little inspiration and these easy DIY guides, you can create a home that reflects your unique style. Happy decorating!

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