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I love small projects that make a big difference. Painting an interior door is a quick project that only takes a few hours of time but really makes a big difference in the finished look of a space.
Painting interior doors has been a bit of a trend recently, I like it because it breaks up an expanse of white walls, white trim, and a white door. It’s a great way to add a pop of color without the commitment of painting a whole room.
Last year when I saw the pictures I took of the entryway in our new home (above and below), I knew that I really needed to paint the back of the front door. The long hallway simply needed a focal point at the end to break up the expanse of white; adding some color to the back of the door was the perfect solution.
It isn’t hard to paint the back of a door, but it definitely calls for some high-quality painter’s tape like FrogTape®. Since our door has glass panes (which I love since they let in some natural light) I wanted to paint around them neatly but not have to scrape a ton of paint off the glass. I also didn’t want to have to repaint the trim around the door, since we’ve lived here less than a year the trim is still fairly pristine, so I wanted to be especially careful to not create more work for myself. Before I began painting, I carefully taped the trim around the door and the window panes using FrogTape®.
The paint color I used was Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore in a pearl finish, I like this color so much I will probably use it on some of our other interior doors, possibly even the office doors that are just inside the foyer. My inspiration photo was this photo below, this is just such a pretty and classic door color.
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Taping the door took longer than actually painting the door. This is why it is so important to use a good quality painter’s tape that gives you perfect lines, it is such an important part of the painting process. I first taped off the inside of the door then around the trim and then taped the inset windows to avoid getting paint on the glass.
I made sure that everything was perfectly covered with painters tape, including the door hardware so I could quickly just roll the paint on with a small roller and not worry about painting anything I shouldn’t. FrogTape® brand painter’s tapes have patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super-absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed so the results are crisp, clean paint lines the first time, this tape is perfect for a project like this.
After two quick coats and an hour or two, the paint was dry and I removed the tape. I didn’t even have to touch any spots up. The entire hallway looked so much better!
Now when you look down the hallway toward our front door, the white is broken up by the pale gray/blue color. It gives the space the finished look it was lacking previously.
I think I’ll tackle our mudroom door next, this was so easy. The key is to use FrogTape® brand painters tape to get crisp, clear paint lines so your trim stays perfect.
There seems to be questions (in comments) about how this color looks in real life. It does show more blue here due to lighting than in real life. You can see the same paint color on my cabinets in this post here. Below is a picture of the paint mixture I used with the paint color.
What is your next painting project? I’d love to hear!
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This made a huge difference. I love it. Great tutorial too
Lynn Morton says
I love the effect the paint created.
So much so, I am considering buying the same color to do the doors in my middle hall.
Rebecca Purdie says
WhAT a difference!
it turned out beautiful.
Love the new look. Frog tape and I a rd because espies, don’t know how I got along before we met. Also love the container it comes in, great little storage box for lot six of things.
I was so excited by the door color in this post, that I Decided to do the same! But I was really disappointed when the Boothbay Gray sample that I purchased looked nothing like the color in these pictures 🙁
Did you happen to lighten the Boothbay Gray? Maybe I will try to lighten it.
Theresa Nolan says
I agree with Pete – was all excited to paint the interior of my door the exact same color, but having used Boothbay Gray in the past the final color on your door – as depicted in the above photo – appears to have been tweaked a bit? as Boothbay Gray is more of a greenish/khaki color vs. the blue shown in your pic.
Was it lightened up a bit? If so, any tips?
(I realize you’re sponsored by Frog Tape, but we’re all clearly focused on the paint color specifics as shown in the pictures, so any insight into how the final color was achieved is helpful!)
Love this! What paint color is on the walls here?
I am sorry–I don’t know because honestly it is just the standard color our builder used. I would say it is a putty color, if that makes sense. Sorry I can’t be of more help!
This post may have good color ideas for you though: https://www.11magnolialane.com/our-favorite-gray-white-neutral-paint-colors/
Are you sure that door is boothbay gray? I went to Benjamin Moore today and it looked nothing like that bluish door
Yes the color is Boothbay Gray. If you check the post I uploaded a new picture of the can for the mixture. The lower pictures do show more blue, the color does have more gray in it. I hope that helps.
What is the color of the walls? Love it
Hi Kim, unfortunately it is just the builder color so I can’t help you. I don’t have any info, I am sorry!