So, our entire first floor consists of beautifully handcrafted 200 year old doors. They were so much work to repair and constantly have issues, so I decided to take the easier route when it came to our upstairs and use simple hollow core doors from a big box retailer. I initially primed them white and have been content for the past year but suddenly decided, change was needed…. and that change is bold!
I painted my doors black! So let’s walk through the entire process. Like any DIY project first you want to understand what your working with.
Step 1: figure out what type of surface or finish you’ll be painting over. In my case, I just had primed doors that needed no surface prep. However if you are working with latex, you’ll want to use a latex paint or if you have to sand down, you’ll most likely want to prime before painting.
Fun tip for figuring out if it’s latex paint: clean your door with a light cleaner and once dry, soak a Cotten ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe a small area of the door.. if paint comes off it is indeed latex. latex will also have a rubbery texture.