Choosing a Color for Interior Doors

Today I'm documenting a project I've had in mind for a very long time. 

My ideas for this project have changed several times so I'm glad I didn't get started until I was sure. 

I'm painting all the interior doors on my first floor and it is kind of a funny story. 

I'm in love with the color and it might not be what you think...

Take a look...

Grey door with office sign and doorknob

So like I said my ideas for this project changed many times. 

A couple of years ago we renovated the first floor of our house. We put in a large white kitchen with an open floor plan. Our walls are Benjamin Moore Ballet White and the floors are hard wood stained Provincial, which is a dark brown.

white kitchen

My plan for the all white kitchen was always to add character with vintage finds whenever I could. 

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Another thing I've always wanted to do was to paint the basement door. I've seen many pantry doors that were faux painted to look like wood. The picture below shows the basement door and the new board and batten accent wall I just finished. 

basement door with board and batten

Another idea was to paint all the interior doors on the first floor with Coal Black using Fusion Mineral Paint.  

After a while I decided against the black though I am sure it would have look great. 

Then along came a beautiful warm dark grey by Fusion Mineral Paint called Hazelwood. This picture shows one coat. This was what I was was meant to be!!! This color is gorgeous already! 

basement door with grey paint

The funny part of this story is that I started out by only painting one door while "a certain person" was not home, if he hated it I could always paint it white again. But when he got home he not only loved the door but he wanted me to go ahead and paint every door! Go figure! 😂

Fusion Mineral Paint goes on so smoothly. I needed 2 coats on each door which resulted in 1 1/2 jars of paint to do the whole first floor. Not bad at all! 

This picture is the basement door and a view to the front door while they were drying (and our dogs butt).

basement door and front door

I painted the front and backs of the bathroom ,office doors, closet, basement, garage, and the back side of the front door. 

hallway with three painted interior doors

If you can believe it after painting the outside of my front door many times in the past 28 years, it is now just white. 

We purchased a craftsman front door several years ago and never got around to painting it. I did however add an awesome DIY dental shelf to the front. 

back of front door and closet with grey paint

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grey painted interior doors with overlay

Fusion Mineral Paint has a self sealing quality so there is no need to seal the doors with anything else. 

The doors will take a few weeks to fully cure and completely harden up so in the mean time we are being gentle with the doors. 

office and garage door with wreaths


I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the paint or the door painting process. I originally bought this door knob for the basement door but it didn't fit so I improvised and made it a wreath hanger for the office door. 

hazelwood grey door with sign and door knob


grey basement door

This was a quick and easy project that I did in one afternoon and I think the color is perfect with the wall color throughout the first floor. 

three grey interior doors

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grey door with wreath and sign


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .