Can I paint a mahogany wood door white or black without looking bad?

by Honor
It is in a very dark front-hall of a small bungalow. I propose to paint internal side of front door white & outside door black: Reasons, To give a little brightness & make a little more modern. There is a window in the door which does not allow enough light. The internal hall is painted in light colours to keep airy with not much effect! Please advise, I am looking forward to hearing from all you creative people. Thank you so much for any help. Best Wishes Honor

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  • Jcraw Jcraw on Apr 14, 2018

    You will have to use a really good quality primer -possibly two coats, after cleaning and light sanding. It’s amazing how they can bleed through, and I say this from personal experience.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 14, 2018

    clean and use a primer ,allow to dry and paint

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Apr 14, 2018

    Hi Honor,

    You absolutely can paint your door white and black. The trick is what color do you paint the rim of the door. When the door is left open, whatever color you see the most of should be the color of the rim of the door. So if the door is open and you see white, paint the rim white. If it's black, then paint the rim black.

    Here is the rule...stand directly in front of the side of the door you are painting and open your door a tad....the edge you see should be painted the same color as the side you are painting.

    Example...if I am standing outside looking at the outside of my door while it is open, I see the "hinge edge." Therefore, the hinge edge is to be the same color as the front of my door. If I am standing on the inside, facing the inside of the door, I see the "latch edge." Therefore the latch edge would be the same color as the inside of my door.

    This "rule" applies to all doors...paint or stain...interior or exterior! Hope that makes sense!

    • Honor Honor on Apr 14, 2018

      Thanks Amy ... I had totally forgotten about the rim! Something more to think about ... Thank you!!

  • Gk Gk on Apr 14, 2018

    I agree that you need to use primer first. And then buy a good quality enamel paint. It wears well, washes well, and covers well.

    • Honor Honor on Apr 14, 2018

      Thank you for your advice GK, it is much appreciated.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Apr 14, 2018

    Your door should match your trim color