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.
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.
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.