How to Paint and Distress Interior Doors

I am so excited to share this project with you today! My husband and I just built a home a few months ago and are in the process of trying to make it our own. We are on a tight budget and are doing everything we can to go from that builder grade feel to a home that is all us.

The kitchen area is where we spend the most time, and I’ve been wanting to fix-it-up ASAP. Unfortunately, the walls are awkward and I’m sure will be a pain to paint. So I’ve been racking my brain trying to find the perfect solution to bring some life and color in. *Light bulb*.

Take your doors from drab to fab with this simple tutorial for painting and distressing interior doors. Use this technique anywhere for a fun pop of color and interest!

I can’t tell you the compliments we’ve gotten from friends and family who can’t believe we did this project ourselves – it is a showstopper for sure. I’d like to show you how you can have this custom look for less!



  1. says

    What a beautiful job at antiquing – loving them.
    Your newest follower – would love to have you come visit and follow back!

    • says

      I linked up…thanks for the invite! It really is one of those things that seems harder & more time consuming than it really is. The worst part is waiting for the paint to dry!

  2. says

    GORGEOUS!!!!! I will DEFINITELY try this out…once I decide what color to chose of course! Your blue is so charming, I love everything about it, and you made it look so easy! What an inspiration. Found you via The Farmhouse Porch.

    • says

      Thank you so much! I would LOVE to see them when you’re finished – sam {at} atkinsondrive {dot} com
      *I used an eggshell finish

  3. says

    They look beautiful. I have been looking for a way to spruce up our pantry doors as well. We are about to begin a kitchen renovation and I had planned to paint them the same color as the cabinets but it might be cool to paint them with some sort of accent color. I love how yours turned out.
    Visiting via~ Liz Marie Blog

    • says

      I’m glad you like them…if you decide to try it out during your renovation I’d love to see pictures! :-)
      sam {at} atkinsondrive {dot} com

  4. says

    We did something similar to our kitchen pantry doors using ASCP and clear wax. Ours are Graphite black and then we replaced the door knobs (dummy ones) with vintage glass knobs. Love yours!! Almost the colour of Duck Egg Blue in ASCP : o )

    • says

      I just took a look at your doors and they are beautiful! I’ve always found something really appealing about black doors {and windows} I think it brings a really elegant look to a space…well done!

  5. says

    It looks awesome. I pinned Shelly’s door too but never painted my pantry doors. I got a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it. I may change my mind again.

  6. says

    I’ve been thinking about doing this with my single, little pantry door and your post has totally convinced me to go for it! These doors are incredible! Way to go… the color, style, distressing… all perfect! I am featuring you on Doodles & Stitches Fabulous Friday Link Party tomorrow. Thanks again for linking up!

  7. says

    I love the way these doors turned out – especially the color! You did a great job. I live in northern Indiana, so I totally understand the length of time it can take for stain to dry in either the cold or the humidity. It’s only in the mid 60’s today & it’s not even the middle of Aug. =0

    • says

      I know! It’s barely in the 70s here…unfortunately it’s rainy{ish} so we can’t even enjoy the nice weather before it gets too cold or back to being hot again!

  8. says

    Wow!!! They are gorgeous and I think you have definitely customized your home there! Great idea! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

    • says

      It does! You can see a picture of our kitchen before I painted them on the Home Tour page and I think it makes a world of difference.

  9. says

    This is beautifully done! I love the rustic feel it adds to your kitchen. I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a great weekend Nicole!

  10. says

    It looks amazing! Fabulous job on the door revamp :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you’re enjoying your week so far.

  11. Felicia Clowson says

    I realize I’m a few years later. Lol. But I love the color but don’t want it to me too ‘blue’ we have a lot of light teal in the house. Do you think this color would work?

    • says

      I would think so. The nice thing about the stain over top is you have a bit of wiggle room with the color. You can always change the base also!


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