Creating A Faux Carriage Garage Door

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Simple and inexpensive projects around the house can sometimes make the biggest impact. For example, this little project gave us a nice bump in our curb appeal, but only cost a few dollars!

How to Create a faux carriage garage door

Create a faux carriage garage door


The other day, I was walking through Home Depot and saw a package of decorative garage door hardware for less than $4! I actually double checked with the front desk that it was the correct price before getting too excited about it. But that was the right price, so into the cart it went.

Home Depot Fleur-De-Lis Garage Hardware

Home Depot Fleur-De-Lis Garage Hardware

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the Home Depot website, where you can buy the same set for $22.98 – so, even though it’s worth every penny, head over to your local Home Depot and see if you can find them on clearance before ordering them online.

Anyway, I brought them home, and they sat in my garage – until yesterday. I had been trolling through pictures online and found many examples of carriage garage doors and I love the look, but not the price. However, lucky for me, it was easy to re-create using a little paint and this hardware.

Here is my garage yesterday morning. Blah, but it works fine, so there is no need to replace it.

Garage before

Our garage before – just blah

Don’t mind my little painting board set up – I left it in the rain yesterday and it warped :(

Before I started, I made sure to clean the door where I would be painting. Then, I measured the height and width of the raised panels, and marked off the center of each and applied painter’s tape to make the cross section.

faux carriage garage door - Taped off the center lines with 1" tape

Taped off the center lines with 1″ tape

I started painting without marking off the outside, figuring I could stay on the raised section of the tile – but I was wrong. So I quickly wiped off my mistake, and  used some Frog tape to mark off the outside of each pane.

Frog Tape around the outside to keep the lines straight

Frog Tape around the outside to keep the lines straight

I primed each section using exterior primer, tinted to grey. Then followed up with Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel in Satin Finish-  Tricorn Black – interior/exterior paint. This paint is water based and doesn’t have much of a smell to it, unlike the oil based paint. I’ve used it all around my house and I love it! Super durable and goes on like butter.

Faux Carriage Garage Door - primer and paint

Primer (grey) and paint started

When it was all done, I pulled off the tape to reveal my new “windows”.

Windows complete

“windows” complete

Pretty, huh? Let me just note here that I used two different kinds of painters tape, the blue stuff for the inside lines, and Frog tape (green) for the outside lines. This is a close up of one of the “panes of glass” – which one do you think did a better job?

Scotch Blue vs. Frog Tape

Scotch Blue vs. Frog Tape

I never really had a preference before, because I assumed that they were pretty much the same, but after this experience, I can plainly see that the Frog tape made a cleaner line, and didn’t pull off the paint that was already there. So, guess which one I’ll be buying in the future?

My husband installed the hardware, and I gave it a good cleaning this morning, and wha-lah – we have a (faux) Carriage Garage Door!

Carriage Garage Door - After

Carriage Garage Door – After

Up close, obviously, you can tell the “windows” aren’t real. But even just a little distance away, it looks like the real thing…

Garage doors after

the view from down the driveway.

And even further…

garage door from a distance

garage door from a distance

I figure that since I already had primer and paint, and painter’s tape, the only thing I had to purchase was the hardware and it cost me less than $4 with tax!

Since I know you don’t want to have to scroll up to see the before, here’s a before and after for you.

garage door before and after

garage door before and after

I love the little bit of character that it gives to the garage. I love that it only cost me a hour or so of time and $4 even more!!

I’m off to give all the doors inside the house a second and third coat of black paint. Can’t wait to share how they turned out with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Garage doors after

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  1. mercy says

    Thanks for posting I have been wanting to do this for a while. I will be heading to HD today to see if I find the same deal you got for the hardware. Your project looks great!!!

  2. Kim says

    I LOVE your garage door!!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am definitely going to do this to my garage door. I’m going to stop at HD on my way home and see if they have the hardware in stock. :-) Me thinks this will be a great weekend project this weekend.

  3. says

    What a great idea!! I love the look of carriage doors, and this is so much cheaper than buying a new door. Isn’t Frog tape is amazing! I picked up 3 free rolls at Haven last year.

  4. Melanie says

    AS always Eliesa, YOU ROCK! I never get tired of your blog-o-rama! AND, I give you permission, as one of your Peps, to take August off from blogging. and have a great summer!

  5. Melanie says

    PEEPS! I meant to type PEEPS! (Darn crazy ADD dog of mine nearly knocked over my ’40s red plaid thermos of martinis, I mean glass of milk…heehee)

  6. Lindsay @ Makely says

    Nice job, Eliesa! It looks very pretty.

    I do want to caution people, though. One of my neighbors down the street put theirs on in the wrong place. Doh! They put the handles directly under the hinges…obviously, you don’t open a door on the side where the hinge is. We don’t know them well enough to say anything to them, so we’re just hoping they figure it out themselves. 😉

    • A Pinterest Addict says

      Okay, that’s kind of funny 😛 I would probably not be able to say anything to them either, but it would make me smile every time I passed. :)

  7. says

    I did the same thing! And also I painted the silver hardware in the center of the door white with the garage-door paint. It made the silver lock & turnhandle “disappear” so all you notice are the black handles:)

    • A Pinterest Addict says

      That’s a good idea – I just wish I knew what color the door was – and the rest of the trim on the house. I’ll have to see if I can get it color matched. It’s kind of ivory white.

  8. says

    I just added this hardware to my garage and then my shed – both posts here ( and ! I read from one of your commenters about painting the silver handles white to make them disappear – so I can’t wait to do that! I also love your post on your painted bamboo hutch! I also bought a hutch from the thrift store and painted it black. I will be doing a post on it shortly! I love your blog and am about to start following!
    Best Regards,
    Erin at Piers and Chandeliers

  9. says

    Eliesa, great project and so simple…I’m trying this myself and will let you know how it goes. Also, great angle with your blog to try all those pinterest ideas! Best of luck with blogging!!

  10. says

    Stumbled across your post via Pinterest. I found that same hardware kit at my Home Depot on clearance and we installed it a week ago. Loving the idea of painting faux windows! Clever! And amazing the difference in the tapes. I was already a Frog tape lover, but wow – it really is a lot better. Great job on the garage door. It looks really good!

    • A Pinterest Addict says

      Glad you found my little blog :) Thanks! Painting the “windows” was super easy and quick. I never thought that there was a big difference between tapes, but this proved there really is! I have some of their new chevron tape, so I’m looking for something to try it on.

  11. Melissa Vincent says

    I love the look of this. However, is this an automatic garage door, or one you manually open? Was wondering if it would interfere with the track system of an automatic door. Thanks for any info. anyone can provide.

    • Jennifer says

      I am wondering the same thing? I want to do this to my door and it is automatic. Will I still be able to do on my automatic garage door?

  12. Carol Thurstin says

    I have the hardware already on the door, but we don’t have windows because we never wanted vandals to be able to look in our garage, so I am doing this when the weather gets nice. Thanks for the good instructions!

  13. Sue Farmer says

    Just saw your post on painting your cabinets on Hometalk and then came here. Love the garage door makeover!! Love your painted cabinets too. We are having ours done soon. Can’t wait!!

  14. Ty says

    Hi there. I did the middle seam on my door to make it look like 2 carriage doors and i used the green frog tape. The black bled like crazy when i pulled it off the door. I want to paint the windows on this summer like yours, but im so afraid of them looking horrible from the black bleeding around them. How did you seal the tape on the textured door so the frog tape doesnt bleed?? Did you use anything to press it into the texture? Looks so perfect! Great job.

    • A Pinterest Addict says

      Hi Ty – I didn’t use anything to press it into the texture – just pressed hard on the sides of the tape. I did it for both the frog tape and the blue tape, but the frog tape worked better in this instance.

  15. says

    The white colored garage door look awesome. Generally we find black doors for garage. this is really exceptional and lovely and gives a classy look . Good job!!

  16. Tank says

    This idea is pretty awesome. I am thinking, however, that I might try magnetic vent covers to stick to my garage since it is metal, instead of painting the windows on. I found the sheets at the Dollar Tree and bought about 7 packages, not knowing how I was going to use them. The magnetic side is black, the other side is white. Not sure if they would stick well enough if I put the white side against the door since I haven’t tried that yet. I could easily cut the covers into 4 pieces with scissors to make one window. Just an idea I’m kicking around.

    • says

      I think that’s a genius idea! Especially good if you are worried about the commitment or if you are a renter. LOVE! Let me know how it works for you if you decide to go ahead with it!

  17. Mia says

    FYI – If you take a little watered down white paint and lightly streak it coming out of the right or left corner of each window (in an upside down “L” shape) and lightly wipe it as you go with a wrung out wet rag the windows will look more real. It gives the impression of light reflection that real glass has. Remember to do this on the same side of each window as if the sun is hitting it there. You can also faux finish your plain doors to look like real wood, add the decorative hardware and the “faux windows”. I have been a professional faux finisher for 18 years and am asked to do this a lot. It always looks great.

    • John S says

      Great tip for the faux window streaking. Where can I get info on how to faux finish my white garage doors to look like wood?
      They already have a “grain” embossed in the metal panels.

  18. Chris says

    I have to thank you very much for posting this. I just did this to my garage in under 2 hours it looks absolutely awesome!

    • says

      It’s been a while, but maybe an inch wide. I just used the two pieces of tape to make the cross shaped window panes… The door was already painted white, so I didn’t have to paint the lines.


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