black doors and a chalkboard1

Over the past 8 years I have been changing out our ugly hollow interior doors. It has been a slow process but I’m getting there.  I only have 4 doors left, so check back in 8 years I might have a completed house with new doors by then 🙂

chalk acrylic oval

Two years ago I finally decided on the paint color, Black!  Luckily I still love it and haven’t changed my mind. So the next door on my list is the grand-babies.  I’m painting it Licorice and protecting it with a 50/50 mixture of Black reVAX and Varnish for a little shine to match the bathroom door. (don’t worry it is baby safe) I really like the way the black pops against the white trim. Very Classy even in a small narrow hallway.  And since this house is all about Nolan our 20 month old grandson and our two rescue Pit bulls, having doors that hide finger and nose prints is a huge bonus.

Hallway side of the door: The only prep required for his new door was a quick wipe down, then I painted it with 2 coats of Shabby Paints Licorice once dry I used a damp VAX applicator sponge to apply 2 coats of my topcoat mixture, everywhere except in the center where I wanted a Chalkboard. *Top coat application tips below.


Black interior doors chalk paint. Chalkboard center
Black interior doors chalk paint

Room side of the door: I painted with two coats of Licorice and that is it. I only seasoned the inside panels but I’m sure Nolan will handle the rest when he stays here Friday. This will be for him to write on and as he gets older to tell him to clean his room..yeah right!


*Having trouble with streaks?

Streaks-The first coat doesn’t usually get every spot and might look streaky, don’t worry your second coat should fill in any missed areas.  If you still have streaks this is usually because the paint didn’t dry at the same rate because of thicker paint application in certain areas or going back over an area that was already starting to dry.  If you think that is the case you can try a quick sand with a fine grit sandpaper before applying your topcoat.  If you have already applied your topcoat remember these few steps for a great finish.

VAX applicator sponge

1.Keep your Applicator Sponge Damp

2. Make sure that the surface of the Sponge is fully loaded with product. (A bare or dry spot on your sponge can pull causing streaks.)

3. Use gentle even pressure strokes.

If you are new to VAX and have used harsh waxes in the past it is time to retrain your brain, save your strength and use soft gentle strokes. NEVER BUFF AGAIN!!

Remember 2 coats in a 24 hour period is recommended to prevent your finish from becoming tacky…no one likes tacky!

PS. Don’t look at my floors or trim..they are probably 8 years away from being complete. Slow and broke so we do what we can when we can.

Black interior doors chalk paint. Chalkboard center