It’s a shame to say that as a working interior designer, my own home improvement projects are often last on the list. I often times admire the work I complete for clients and look to implement a few of my ideas into my own space. In this case, I’ve always wanted to try dark painted doors in my home. ¬†Thanks to our friends at Glidden (I’m also a contributor to their My Colortopia blog) I got an opportunity to try a new product.

This short hallway contains a total of 5 doorways which can be confusing to someone looking for the powder bathroom. As a test to see if we’d love the look of dark doors, we decided to paint the bathroom door using Glidden’s Trim and Door Paint in a high gloss Traditional Brown finish.


The product’s innovative gel-flow formula promised no drips and no brush marks. My husband was even more eager than I was to give it a try. I gladly supervised.



The existing door paint was an oil-based product, so there was no need to prep the surface for new paint. To test to see whether your finish is latex or oil, rub the surface with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. If the paint rubs off, then you likely have an latex paint finish. Simply prime the surface with a oil based primer and proceed to the next steps.GliddenTrim_and_Door_Review_3a

The gel texture was something new to us, but well received by my husband who enjoyed the thicker application. The paint’s self-leveling properties made getting into the nooks and crannies pretty easy.


You can see here that our door is textured, yet it did not require tedious dabbing. In this photo, he was only about 10 minutes into the project with great results so far. As promised, there were no drips or brushmarks. A second coat was not necessary and this project was complete in less than one hour including clean up!


When dry, the paint still has a beautiful glossy finish which also makes wiping down dirty  little handprints a cinch. The reflective quality is pretty amazing.

Here’s another shot of the finished product. It adds a polished look to our hallway and now it’s even easier for guests to find the powder room…well, at least until we get around to painting the other doors.


GliddenTrim_and_Door_Review_8Would you consider painting your interior doors Traditional Brown? If you want to give this product a try, here’s an awesome video companion that will give you even more confidence before getting started.

Happy Painting!

This post was created as a Glidden My Colortopia partner. As always, the thoughts and opinions are my own.


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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Kelly @ JAX does design Says:

    Love it! And the paint sounds awesome – can’t beat no brush marks and only one coat required!

    I painted all of our interior doors dark brown about five years ago. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! I absolutely love the look of the dark doors – I think they add a richness to the space, and now the door trim really stands out and is also a nice feature. I blogged about painting the doors on my old blog, DesignTies:


  2. Mary Etta Says:

    This looks like the answer to my prayers. I have a chair that needs painting and I was worrying about the nooks and crannies. I will give Glidden Trim & Door a try. Thanks Erka!


  3. Tonia Says:

    I’ve been thinking of painting my doors and this might be what I’ve been looking for.


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