Just another boring garage door…
Oh, my gosh have I got an exceptionally easy DIY project for you on how to update a cookie cutter garage door in an afternoon! And for under $50 dollars!
Are you sick and tired of your boring garage door? You know, the one that looks like everyone else’s door in the neighborhood. If so, then follow along for an easy fix for that ho-hum garage door!
Most importantly, if you have an HOA, please be sure this project won’t be against any rules or regulations. Since we have an HOA, I read through mine prior to doing this project just to be sure.
Y’all, did you know there is magnetic hardware that you can buy that mimics real hardware? I didn’t either until I went to Home Depot and found this kit!
I was thinking I would have to buy all the individual pieces and then drill my door to attach them, but with this kit, I didn’t have to! Make sure your door is metal so the magnets work otherwise, you will have to buy regular pieces and attach them.
Before starting this project I played around with different ideas as to how we might want it to look. To do this, I looked online at different garage door examples. From these, I created some mock-ups in PicMonkey so we could visualize what they might look like.
Mr. Man and I finally decided we liked the design with the four windows centered on each side. Rather than starting out with a lot of windows, we figured at a later time maybe we could add even more if desired.
Our garage door has raised panels making the window shape super easy to create! If your door doesn’t have raised panels, you should still be able to lay out your design without too much extra work.
Assemble your supplies.
- Outdoor paint for the windows – I used DecoArt, Americana DECOR, Outdoor Living paint which is a non-toxic, permanent paint with soap and water clean up
- Chip brush or roller to apply the paint
- Tape measure, yardstick or ruler
- Frog Tape – FYI Frog Tape is designed for use with latex paints as solvent-based coatings may change the characteristics of the tape
- Magnetic hardware
- Wet rag or paper towels to use while painting
- Small paint brush and paint to touch up the garage door (if the paint bleeds under the tape at all – *see below)
- Bucket with soapy water to wash the door
- Large sponge or rag for cleaning
- First of all, thoroughly wash and rinse the garage door. Be sure to let it dry completely before you apply the tape. I washed mine the day before. (I couldn’t believe how dirty it was).
- Start by taping the outside edge of the window, making sure to get the tape as straight as possible. The tape represents the window frame.
- To create the mullions for the windows, you will need to measure carefully and mark the placement areas on the Frog Tape you just applied on the outside edge. Don’t forget to take into consideration the width of the Frog Tape.
- Similarly, you will want to tape around the existing garage door handle so you can paint it to match. Be sure to cover the key hole with tape so you don’t get paint in it.
- Be sure you push the Frog Tape down well. Consequently, our door has a slight texture, so I used the other end of my chip brush to do this.
- Finally, after the tape has been applied, step back and make sure everything looks straight. This will be the time to make any adjustments.
IMPORTANT TIP – *Take a moist cloth and gently wipe over the Frog Tape. Do not saturate it, just get it slightly wet. THIS WILL ACTIVATE THE PAINTBLOCK TECHNOLOGY ON THE FROG TAPE – Regrettably, I learned this trick after my door was done. I met the Frog Tape Rep at The Haven Conference and she shared this helpful information with me!
- Begin carefully applying the paint inside of the squares you created for the windows until all of them have been painted.
- Once the first coat of paint is dried, apply the second coat. If you want a smoother finish the directions on the paint said you can lightly sand between coats. I opted NOT do this since my door is textured. Hence I was afraid I might damage the white paint and expose the metal.
- After you apply the second coat, immediately removed the Frog Tape. This is per the instructions that came with the tape. Be careful not to get any wet paint from the tape on the door.
- Check for areas where the paint might have bled and touch up if needed. Hopefully, if you did what was noted in above, you won’t have any problems. I can’t wait to try this trick on my next paint project!!!
- Apply that beautiful new magnetic hardware where you think it looks best.
- Stand back and admire your new NON-cookie cutter garage door!
That’s all there is to it!
This is such an easy update that makes a HUGE statement!
Just as I was finishing my garage door, my next door neighbor came over to see what I was doing. She couldn’t believe that the hardware was magnetic so she had to try it out! I was really pleased when she told me she liked it! Besides that, I got an email from another neighbor that complimented me on it!
Please let me know if you decide to try this project out. I would love to see photos! By the way, did you know that you can reply to my newsletter email? That’s an easy way to send me photos of any of your projects or ideas!
So What’s Next On The Blog?
How to up-cycle small bottles and jars into farmhouse style vases! In my blog post The Solution to the Cabinet Chaos ~ Part 2 I talk about saving empty glass spice containers for craft projects like this one. These little vases are perfect for fresh flowers from your garden or artificial flowers. Plus they are fun to share and they can really help to brighten someone’s day!
These little vases are perfect for fresh flowers from your garden or artificial flowers. Plus they are fun to share and they are sure to brighten someone’s day!
I hope you will join me for this next easy to do project!