Easy, high impact painting project {black doors and white trim, oh my!}

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Today I am going to talk to you about what a difference painting trim and doors can make in your space.  Specifically, I am going to show you how AMAZING black doors and white trim can look!

Most of our main level was full of trim and doors that were painted the most unfortunate color.  I don’t know how to describe it other than to say it looks a lot like the color of a manilla folder…or puke.  We have slowly but surely been eliminating it from our downstairs rooms and IT HAS MADE SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE!  Even if we changed nothing else in our downstairs rooms, painting the trim and doors white would have transformed the spaces somewhat all on its own.

Most recently, we have been working on our kitchen makeover.  Yep, the kitchen was full of the puke colored trim and doors {okay, okay, I suppose I should refer to it as “beige,” though that doesn’t accurately capture the unfortunate color}.  Here’s a reminder for you of what we started with.

Kitchen before

We decided to paint all of the trim white.  Take a look for yourself at the difference in the original trim color and the white that we chose {which is not even a BRIGHT white, it has a fair amount of grey in it}.  WOW.  Painting the trim white made such an impact in the room.

Painted trim can make a HUGE impact!  Full details by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

But, the MOST EXCITING transformation is that we decided to paint the interior doors black.  So we now have black doors and white trim.  Ahhhhh, so pretty!  This is a trend that a lot of you may have seen on other blogs and all over Pinterest.  I myself have drooled over the photos in Pinterest.  Well, we finally took the plunge and I love it!  It’s like my kitchen is wearing a tuxedo :)  It just makes the room look classy and high end.  Amazing what a little paint can do!  We also changed out the door hardware from antique bronze to an oil rubbed bronze.

Black doors with white trim can make a HUGE impact!  Full details by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

Painted trim and doors can make a HUGE impact!  Full details by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

And here’s a side-by-side so that you can get the full effect of the difference the black doors and white trim made.  Quite a transformation from the puke colored trim and doors, don’t you think?

Painted trim and doors can make a HUGE impact!  Full details by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

You may be asking yourself why I am showing you only one tiny piece of the kitchen.  Why am I showing you only the trim around the pantry and the pantry doors?  Well, you didn’t think I would give you too many previews of the kitchen before we finish it, did you?!  You have already seen our upcycled DIY herringbone plank wall and a sneak peek of our painted kitchen floors, right?  What more do you expect?  Be patient.  The kitchen reveal is coming soon!!!!  Stay tuned.  UPDATE: The kitchen reveal is finally up on the blog.  Click HERE for all the details!  

For now, I just hope I have shown you how very simple, inexpensive changes such as the color of your trim and interior doors can make a HUGE impact in a space.  Anyone can paint their trim and doors!

Have you totally transformed a space by simply painted your trim and/or doors?  I would love to hear about your experience.

Black doors and white trim can make a HUGE impact!  Full details by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}



  1. Lindsey says

    Hi, I was wondering if you painted the hinges on your doors or purchased new. I love how this turned out! We painted over the orangey wood trim in our old home before listing it and the difference it made was HUGE!

  2. Stacey says

    Ha!!! We must have been cut from the same mold. I JUST finished painting all our bedroom and bathroom doors black with white trim, am in the process of painting over our own “puke” colored trim elsewhere (Manila folder color describes it EXACTLY!!!), did our kitchen cabinets in General Finished java gel stain last year, and found your blog because my husband and I are about to make our own plumbing pipe table and wanted to see how other people did theirs. Great minds think alike!!! :)

  3. Tanya Sandy says

    Love my black interior doors. But now worried about replacing door handles. I have bought the Venetian bronze handles and wonder if that will looks right. I don’t want to go back with white doors !!!


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