garage door after painting

Updating a Plain Garage Door

Learn how to update and paint a plain garage door by transforming it with a carriage style theme with vintage handles for a whole new look.



You might be surprised at how easy it is to take a boring garage door from drab to fab! After years of looking at my plain garage door I decided to give it a makeover. It really didn’t take much effort and the results are surprisingly impactful! I wanted to give the illusion of the carriage style garage doors with windows and decorative hinges, but I didn’t want to spend the money to actually replace the door. Fortunately, there is a very easy and inexpensive way to get the look!


garage before painting


garage after painting

Stencil Faux Windows

I began by painting faux windows onto the top row of squares on the door. I taped around the border of each square first. Next, I measured the centers of each square both horizontally and vertically. I used a level to draw pencil lines across each way.

stenciling faux windows

Tape and Mask

Then I applied skinny painter’s tape over each of the pencil lines. Be sure to press down on the painter’s tape firmly. You want to make sure you have a good adhesion to prevent any bleed through.

Masking garage door

Paint the Garage Door

Once I had everything taped off, I set up my FLEXiO 5000 paint sprayer. I’ve used my paint sprayer before on stencils and it always gives me a nice, crisp line. I used an exterior paint that prevents rust in a shiny finish. The high shine finish will help.

spraying garage door

Add Hardware

Once the “windows” were painted, I allowed that to fully dry before removing the painter’s tape. While waiting for that, I added my decorative hardware. I found this set of hinges and handles that are actually magnetic. They stick right to your metal garage doors with no tools needed!

magnetic hinges

Enjoy the New Garage

This simple makeover could not have been easier and the before and after is like night and day! All for under $40!

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