Here’s an earth-friendly and budget-lite solution for having trendy coach house garage doors for less than $50.
After your garage door makeover, sit back and enjoy as friends and neighbors stop by and congratulate you on your “new” doors. The best part is the reactions that come when you say, “Oh, they’re not new!”
I cheated. This is a project I did last spring (not this week). My quest to paint something every day for a week was interrupted by life, visitors, children, a beautiful early evening walk, and running out of daylight.
But I cheated even more when I did this project, and I’ll tell you how. It took less than an afternoon. We used supplies we already had on hand and two coach garage door hardware kits that cost about $20 each.
Here’s what my garage doors looked like before…I can’t believe I don’t have a true “before” picture and this is the only garage door picture I guess I’ve ever taken. (It was awhile ago as you can see by the different plants.)
Here’s how my carriage doors look now…
But they’re the SAME doors!
What You’ll Need to Create Amazing Faux Carriage Doors:
1) Extra paint the same color as your garage door (ours was white)
2) A pint of glossy black paint
4) A smidgen of non-glossy black paint (optional)
5) Good Painter’s Tape
9) Empty CD case (also optional if you’re a better taper than me)
8) Garage Door Hardware
You could always pay $100 for simulated garage door windows (which also need to be painted) or approximately $35 for windowstickers but with paint, this project is probably within your reach, today.
Here’s how I did mine:
This is an easy Saturday afternoon project that provides a lot of bang for the buck. Just a couple of weeks ago we met a neighbor while out walking who said they always make a point of looking at our garage doors when they drive by. It was so fun to see the utter disbelief when we explained that the doors were Trompe-l’œil.
Since completing this project, I’ve gone back and puttied, sanded and painted the holes were the previous hardware was. We didn’t do this initially because we were unsure of whether any of this was a good idea and whether we would want to resort to the original look/original hardware at some point. We love our doors and haven’t looked back since.
Do you have garage doors to “update”? Comment if you try this! Would love to hear and see how it goes!
This is project 4 of 5 of “A Fall Weather Project a Day (and a blog post) for a Week.” Read about Project 1 here and Project 2 here and Projects 3a and 3b here and here.