Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

Our white house has a black door! If I’m honest, I don’t think it will be long before all the white in this house starts to morph into darker tones, by design or by virtue of having three sons. But for now I’m focusing on introducing accents in darker colors to ease the transition.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been updating our entryway by painting the farmer’s porch door in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore and building a custom shoe rack for the boys that I painted in the same color.  I’m thrilled with the result.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

The farmer’s porch door was originally painted in linen white, and before that (I discovered after an hour of sanding) a rustic red color. I chose Sherwin Williams Iron Ore because it gives the room a pop of drama but it’s still neutral so we can still use whatever colors we want to decorate. It’s is a soft black with a metallic industrial feel and I love it.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

I started by sanding the door with my Black & Decker sander. It was only $25 and it saved me hours of hand sanding. If you are thinking of updating your own doors, I strongly suggest taking the door off and sanding it outside. Put it back on to paint if you want but do the sanding outside because the fine paint dust that ends up stuck to your walls takes forever to clean up. I tried the shortcut and it didn’t work.

After sanding I used Sherwin Williams Exterior Latex Wood Primer before painting with two coats of Sherwin Williams Resilience Exterior Acrylic Latex in Iron Ore. I chose the satin sheen because I wanted durability without a glossy look.


Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door


Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

To complete the update, I built two shoe rack shelves and added self screwing wall hooks to balance out the space.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

The built in shoe rack was really the only option given our small entryway. I did search for a long time for a coat rack or hall tree that would fit the space but everything would have looked too bulky.  For a step by step guide on how to build the shelves, see my DIY shoe rack post here.

sherwin williams iron ore front door

Finally I added three wall hooks. These ones are from twonee on Etsy. They are super easy to install and are sturdy. I love a good wall anchor, and the ones that these hooks come with don’t mess about.

And that’s our Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door update. Again – if you’re interested in the DIY shoe rack post, you can find it here.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore front door

* This post is in partnership with Sherwin Williams.

By | 2017-08-20T06:32:08-04:00 July 5th, 2017|BLOG, HOUSE|14 Comments


  1. Dee ciminna June 15, 2020 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Hi Helen!

    Beautiful job! I was wondering if you can tell me the colors your used for your Exterior?? Both the base and your trim. Love it

    • Helen June 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      ​Hi there! The exterior is Cabot O.V.T. Acrylic Stain in Cape Cod Gray. Thanks for reading! Helen

  2. Krista March 25, 2020 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I’m thinking of painting my walls in Creamy and then the front door and stairs in Iron Ore (both by Sherwin Williams). Just wondering what colour your walls are?

    • Helen March 25, 2020 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Krista, we have since changed the color but the walls were Shaker Beige (Benjamin Moore) in these photos. Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Krista March 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm - Reply

        What are your walls now? Are you able to show a picture?

  3. Fleur Fleur July 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Ooh love this! I’ve seen it in person but I’m still checking back for the rest of the house tour! XO

  4. Yasmine July 8, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Where is the clock from? MOMA?

    • Helen July 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      I think it was from Pottery Barn. It’s supposed to be a chalkboard but I wouldn’t recommend using it as one. 🙂

  5. Par July 6, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Love it!!?

    • Helen July 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks beautiful! XO

  6. Nic Allen July 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    What the what! I’m digging your digs girlfriend!! So grownsup!

    • Helen July 6, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      My house is so much more grown up than me. 🙂

  7. Ellen P July 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a difference. The color is just right – a stronger black might have been too strong a difference. For a couple of years I have considered red for my door, but seeing this black door has me converted. Helen, it’s the touches you put into your home which are making it so lovely. I love the pineapple knocker, too. I think pineapples mean welcome, so a perfect finish.

    • Helen July 6, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

      You’re so nice to me Ellen. Yup – pineapples mean welcome. When we moved in the pineapples were already here. X

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