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Stain It Black? (Interior Doors)

February 6, 2011

Well, it’s not a question of IF I should–it’s me wondering if this is really an appropriate title (since the stain wasn’t exactly black–it was espresso brown–but they almost look black.)

Anyway, the time for questioning/wondering/thinking about it is ova–the deed is done.

The master bathroom:

(You can see we still have some patching to do in here)

The main upstairs bathroom:


We actually bought these doors months ago and have been dragging our feet to get them stained and hung. In fact, as I’m writing this, there are still 3 doors (to the bedrooms) that have yet to be stained (they are hung, though.) And since the basement is in a state of, uh, chaos, I no longer have an area to work at the moment–so they will have to wait.

Anyway, the reasons for major feet-dragging were twofold:
First, because staining and clear-coating a door takes at least 3 layers of work on each side, it’s a very drawn out process of coating and waiting to dry–then flip it and start all over (not to mention the sanding between coats. Oh, and the fact that I could only do two doors at a time). Boooring! I’m inspired to do things in hurry, so having to pateintly wait didn’t sound like fun.

And second, because they weren’t predrilled for handles (or hinges,) we had to work up the motivation to borrow a door jig and just get ‘er done.

But it was completely worth it. (Since we spent the money on solid doors, the last thing I wanted to do was hide them with white paint.)

And lastly, here’s one of the two hallway closet doors (he still needs another coat of poly…):


If you’re thinking about doing this and want to see more black/dark interior doors, head over to Door Sixteen or Apartment Therapy

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2013 1:48 pm

    beautiful doors…so tall. the espresso color takes the eye up even further! I also love your idea of the twin sheets for curtains. Thanks, Mary-Dean Cason

  2. Anonymous permalink
    January 22, 2013 5:01 pm

    I love these! Thank you for posting!!! I have been considering painting our doors black but was leaning towards a dark brown b/c of our decor and I couldn’t find any good photos of dark brown doors. You are my hero :)

  3. Heather permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:03 am

    This looks great. We are thinking of doing the same thing, but have had a hard time finding the right shade of stain. What brand and color did you use?

    • May 24, 2011 12:57 pm

      Hi Heather,
      The brand we used is “General Finishes” and the color is “Java” (gel stain.) It can be a bit hard to find in certain areas but if you go to the General Finishes website, they will have a store locator. Otherwise, I believe they will ship directly to you as well. FYI: If you’re doing this to pine doors, a wood conditioner or “pre-stain” product helps as well to get the color extra dark–we used one from Minwax. Hope that helps!

      -Stephanie

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