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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it was all done, I pulled off the tape to reveal my new “windows”.
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?
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!
Up close, obviously, you can tell the “windows” aren’t real. But even just a little distance away, it looks like the real thing…
And even further…
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.
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!
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