Trend: Black Painted Interior Doors

I recently took the plunge and tried the black interior painted door trend. If you've been following me for a while, you will know I updated my entryway about a year and a half ago. I loved the space but now I want some different... yep that's the indecisiveness in me. So I'm starting fresh.

Last week I shared my DIY entryway picture and this week I'm sharing my painted door. My first entryway update was shared last March on Hometalk's facebook page. Some of the comments suggested painting my door black. I honestly had never even considered or thought to do that. Fast forward to now, two of my blogger friends, Erin and Brandi, painted their doors black. I loved it! So I figured I would give it a try myself.
The process was simple. I'm not the best painter, but it turned out pretty nice. I followed this tutorial here for the painting. Before I painted I cleaned the door with soap and water and taped some of the hardware. This color is Forest Black by Glidden. I got it color matched to Behr paint plus primer in semi gloss finish. This is a great color if you don't want to go too black.

I started by doing the border of the panels. Then I filled in the panels, then went horizontal and then vertical. I found the most important thing here is to follow the wood grain and to use a systematic approach. I also used what I had on a hand which was a paint brush and a small foam roller.

I think the before and after speaks for itself. It's a big difference!

So what do you think??

DIY Leopard Print Wall Art

I'm not sure what's going on but lately I've found myself with an animal print obsession. I've had the huge zebra print from IKEA for years now, which I recently brought back out the closet. After seeing a fellow blogger, Gold and Stripes, cheetah print wall stenciling I wanted more. So today I created some wall art to put in my entry way.

The process was pretty simple. I found a stencil and canvas at Hobby Lobby for the print. Home Depot has all Martha Stewart products on clearance so I grabbed some textured metallic paint for pretty cheap and I got to work.

I started by using the stencil. I moved across the canvas until I reached the end of the canvas.

You can see here the rows I created by using the stencil. The stencil was super cheap so this was one of the effects of it. To get rid of the lines I free handed leopard prints in the gaps to make it more cohesive.

 I also wanted to add some texture to the photo so I pick some of the prints to add an extra amount of the textured paint to.

The texture paint is very thick here's what it looks like close up

And after doing all of that I had my finished piece. Notice here the lines are not as noticeable as before.

And now it is complete!

I love how it turned out! Is anybody else obsessed with animal print like me? Do share!

Linking to:
The Girl Creative
Ginger Snap Crafts