Simple Garage Door Makeover

When we first moved into our house (about 2 years now,) the peach colored garage door I knew needed to be changed. I have envisioned it being white for a long time now, and one day I woke up and decided today was the day I needed to get it switched over! I was convinced that the only practical solution was to buy a whole new garage door.  I looked into my options more, and found out that painting the garage door might not be that hard after all. I’m going to reveal my tips & tricks for our simple garage door makeover below.

Simple Garage Door Makeover

We wanted to do away with the idea of replacing the whole door and just giving it a fresh, new look. This simple DIY turned our standard garage door into a faux “carriage” door. Our garage now looks like a thousand bucks and saves us the $700 or more on a new garage door, which is a BIG feat in my book! Read on to learn how I did it, and how easy it is to do your own garage door makeover!

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Items you will need to paint & add hardware to your garage door:


Some tips for painting your garage door:

  • Check the weather before painting

Before grabbing the bucket of paint, make sure to think about the time of day and look at the weather forecast. Painting was definitely a lot more enjoyable in the late afternoon.  The sun wasn’t beating down and you can easily see your garage door a lot better.  A  lot of the day I was wearing sunglasses because I was blinded by the white paint on the door.  

  • Prepare your garage door for painting

If you want your paint job to last you will need to prep your garage door.  This needs to happen mainly if you have rust or peeling paint on any part of your garage door.  Start by sanding down the peeling paint or rust on the garage door. This definitely isn’t that fun, but its one of the most important steps.

  • Cleaning your garage door prior

Make sure to wash down your garage door before painting. Wash down with a sponge or use a power washer to remove dirt/debris.  A lot of dirt accumulates on the bottom of the garage door, so pay extra attention to that area.

  • Tape off areas where you don’t want paint

Make sure to take the time to tape off the areas you don’t want to get paint on.  I used my Blue Tape to line the whole exterior of the garage door before painting. You also may want to lay down plastic under the door to keep the wet paint from sticking to the ground underneath the door.

  • Paint

Allow each coat to dry before you start painting the next. You will want to use a paint roller for the larger areas (I even used an extender – which helped my back out!) and a brush for the edges and corners. Add three to five coats of paint.  Be sure to allow each coat dry before you add the next.  Review your work as you go, making sure you’ve covered all areas of the door in each layer.


Simple Garage Door Makeover

Simple Garage Door Makeover

The magnetic hardware is seriously a lifesaver.  $40 and it can be added or removed as desired in minutes! You simply place the hardware where you want it on your garage door! That’s it. 



Simple Garage Door Makeover

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  • Reply Erin @ Very Erin August 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I love how the new door looks! It’s amazing how much that one change can transform the look of the whole house 🙂

  • Reply Krystal August 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Oh wow! I am obsessed with that bright white color change. The hardware that you used is really nice. I need to give that idea a try. It’s amazing what a bright white paint color can do to brighten up your entire space.

  • Reply Jaclyn Anne August 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    First of all, your house is beautiful! And you did a great job on your garage door makeover! The door looks so nice bright white with the contrasting hardware. Love the look! Nice work!

  • Reply The Mad Mommy August 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This is so super cute! We are in the market for a house right now and I could see myself doing something like this! Thanks for this awesome DIY!

  • Reply Kristy August 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    This is such a great transformation! It is amazing what a little bit of paint and new hardware can do. I never even knew that magnetic garage door hardware existed!! Love it!

  • Reply Jennifer S August 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

    What an simple but stubbing way to add some curb appeal and spice up the front of your home! I had never though about painting the garage door before, but now I’m definitely going to have to look into it! And I love the detail that the fixtures added!

  • Reply mythirtyspot August 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Seriously so cute! I had no idea this even existed. I want to do this to my garage now! I am going to use your link to get this to put on my garage tomorrow! Your house looks great! – Erin Kennedy

  • Reply rika August 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Your house is so adorable! I love how you transformed the garage door! Beautiful white paint, minimalist!

  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland September 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I love the makeover and also agree that saving money by redoing something you have is a great plan. I like the carriage door look and want to do something similar to our garage door.

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