May 18, 2020

Distressed Door Painting Technique

Black distressed painting technique on doors

Sometimes, a mistake can lead to an unexpected surprise during a DIY.  Have you ever had this happen to you?  It’s not often, but on the rare occasion that it does, it absolutely MUST be documented!  That’s exactly what happened to me over the weekend while trying to repaint the doors in the little hallway by our laundry room area.  I ended up accidentally creating my very own distressed painting technique!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that these doors all used to be painted in that “Lichen” color by Fusion Mineral Paint.  And while I still love that color, I just wanted a change.  (Yes, FICKLE is my middle name.)  I thought I’d wanted to paint them white, but I ended up changing my mind after just one coat.  Since I had some Benjamin Moore “Black Iron” paint left over from my recent powder room makeover, I decided to give that a try.

When the first coat of the black had dried, I noticed that the white paint was sorta peeking through the black, almost giving it a distressed look that I wasn’t at all expecting.  In fact, the door was looking kind of vintage, which I absolutely LOVE!

Up close view of black distressed painted closet door in laundry area

I love it so much that I decided to do this exact same application to all three doors!  I’m so happy with how they turned out, and I feel like this whole space just flows together so much better now.

View of laundry space hallway with black distressed painted doors

View of hallway by small laundry room space with sliding barn door and black distressed painted closet door

Closer view of hallway by small DIY laundry room space and black distressed closet door

If you’d like to try this technique yourself, here is the paint that I used:

  • 2 coats “Lichen” Fusion Mineral Paint
  • 1 coat Benjamin Moore “Decorator’s White
  • 1 coat Benjamin Moore “Black Iron

And if you do decide to give this a try, I’d love to see your end result!  Be sure to tag me when you post on Instagram so I can share it in my stories!


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