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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, painting faux garage door windows is a very easy and inexpensive way to get the look!


garage before painting


garage after painting

Stencil Faux Windows

Create the Faux Window Frames

  • I began this garage door project by using the top row of squares on the door, and 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

Use Tape for Window Frames

  • I used skinny painter’s tape over each of the pencil lines to create the window frames
  • Press down on the painter’s tape firmly to ensure good adhesion and to prevent any bleed through.

Masking garage door

Paint the Garage Door

Black Paint for Windows

  • Once I had everything taped off, I set up my FLEXiO 5000 paint spray gun. 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

Let the Paint Dry & Add Hardware

  • Once the “windows” are painted, allow it to fully dry before removing the painter’s tape.
  • As the paint is drying, add decorative hardware to complete the transformation.
  • 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!
  • This sponsored post was created by The Honeycomb Home. Head to the blog for the full post and details.

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