Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Garage Door Reveal

My "New" garage/side entry door. The door was painted Rust-o-leum Gloss Oil Black, a simple steel door
decoration was bought at Hobby Lobby, spraypainted white, then hung with neodymium (i.e. really strong)
magnets to the steel door. No screws, glue or hardware required! 
At long last, I have some pictures to show you of the rest of my garage redo. When I showed you my interior redo, I told you I still had some things to show you about the outside, but that the weather wasn't permitting me to get any shots in to share with you. Now, um...lets see...probably a MONTH later, I finally have some. Crazy how time can fly when you're busy!

Anyhoo, let's see those before and after shots, shall we?

Before - and Oh, so blah! Builder basic all the way.  I still plan to repaint the hanging light fixtures,
but I have to do things as time allows (i.e. when school is back in session!).

 Like my "New" garage door?
 I have to tell you, when my sister-in-law drove up the other day and exclaimed "You got a new garage door!" I couldn't have been more pleased:). Bingo! My old garage door has morphed into a set of carriage doors at a total cost of about $5.00 and some elbow grease. Can't beat that!

Up close view of the upper "hinges".
 In order to create the illusion, I did a little research on options and found I could one of three things to get the more custom look of carriage doors without actually buying them.

1. Order faux metal hinges and handles to screw onto the door,
2. Order magnetic metal faux hinges to just stick on the door,
3. Make a stencil and paint them on.

Up close shot of the lower "hinges".
 I knew Hubby would flip if I painted or screwed on "hinges and handles" to the door, so it looked like the magnetic option was for me. Then I looked at the price on Ebay. It's actually really economical, BUT still not within my budget for now. So, I started looking for another option. Surely I could find a cheaper, albeit not as realistic as the magnetic, way to get the look for now.

View of the center of the door with it's new "handles" and "crack" between the "two" carriage doors.
Enter a trip to Lowe's. I love to stroll down the aisles at my home improvement stores brainstorming. I challenge myself to come up with as many out of the box uses for everyday items as I can - all for the sake of getting the luxe look of items I want but can't afford. Truthfully, it's really more of a creative outlet and to see if I can overcome the challenge.

Up close view of the new carriage door "handles".
When I stumbled upon a roll of contact paper with a mottled black and gray appearance, it suddenly hit me. Just draw the hinges and handles on that, cut them out and stick them on! How much easier and cheaper can you get?! I came home, found some hinges and handles I liked on-line, printed out the image, blew it up on the printer, then traced them onto the contact paper and cut them out. Before applying them, I pressure washed the whole door throughly, then just stuck them on. The center where the two doors meet is just a long skinny strip cut off the edge or the roll. To create a little more of a realistic look on the handles, I took some metallic silver paint and lightly dry brushed some where the handles would curve and onto the shadow part of the handle that I made sure to cut out WITH the main part. Illusion complete! It apparently is good enough that, without really close inspection, you don't even realize it's contact paper. Hubby nearly blew a gasket when he thought I'd painted them on without talking to him first:) I giggled inwardly as I happily told him it was just contact paper that is "supposed" to peel off cleanly with a little heat from the hair dryer:) And, if there is any adhesive left, then I know a little "Goof Off" will get it, so we're all good. Eventually I want to order the magnetic pieces, but for now these look pretty good.


  1. Those look more than pretty good- they look REALLY good! You did a great job on making those look so real-contact paper-no one would ever guess- xo Diana

  2. Wow, you transformed your garage door from dull into a classic one! But the thing I like the most is how you created the illusion with the hinges and door handles. Anyone would be deceived by those handles if they tried to open the door. I wish you can try the magnetic ones so that it would look real over the cut-outs.

  3. You never cease to amaze me. Wow, I never ever would have guessed it was contact paper, especially with the optical shadow illusion you did on the handles. Totally cool!


  4. That is a brilliant idea, Miss B.e.e! :) Who would have thought that those materials could be a good imitation of a carriage door? It looked real for me. I think it would also look its best with a rustic design. What do you think?

  5. I like your new garage door, Miss B.e.e.. :) I must admit, the white paint complements the black hinges nicely. Also, the black door on the left side of the second picture sure looks elegant. Roxie's right, the transformation of your garage is indeed a classic one.

  6. These really look wonderful and authentic! Great job!

  7. Ingenious! Such a small fix for such a huge improvement.


  8. You are just too smart. Looks like the real thing.

  9. You are my hero. I sigh and look longingly at every carriage door I pass. I did the same when I saw yours! You are brilliant. Can't wait to try this!

  10. This is amazing! You are so clever.

  11. Awesome idea!!!
    Will have to try this :-)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Gee

  12. What a great transformation! They look so real. Stopping by from Wow Us Wednesdays.

  13. Amazing. I have got to steal, um I mean borrow this idea. My ugly garage doors are just screaming out for some attention and this is the perfect fix. TFS

  14. My husband and I have been talking about updating the exact same garage doors. Now I want to do this myself just to have him say "what the heck" when he pulls up. Pinning the idea.


  15. Clever girl! I was shocked when I scrolled down to discover what you had actually used! I really could not tell:)

  16. Wow, I have to say that is a clever idea. Love the look.

  17. WOW you are so clever - and such a patient wife. ha!

  18. OMG these are spectacular! You are so so clever! Great Job!

  19. Very clever! You did a fabulous job! Hopped over from Wow Us Wednesday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

  20. You rock Girl!

  21. That is a great idea. Too bad we just installed 2 new carriage style doors. Cost a small fortune. Wish I had seen this idea before. If I may suggest something, try taking the sunburst inserts out of the windows, it will look more like the carriage house doors. If you don't like them you can put them back. You could even add 2 more hinges on each door too make it look like two separate doors. With the line down the middle it looks like 2 doors.

  22. How clever! Your garage and door both look lovely. I love the thought of a carriage house. You should be so proud!

  23. That’s a gorgeous garage door! Those strap hinges and metal handles are very small parts, but they really did a number on door’s look. The strap hinges really helped out a lot in making it look new and peppy! Though, I’d like the hinges and handle better in black, with a simple design for a more stylish look.

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