If you have read my previous posts, especially those that were outdoor project posts, you’ll know that I really do not like the color scheme of my house. It is brown. The entire house is brown. Dark brown paint with light brown trim. It’s a bit dreary… I wouldn’t mind the dark brown paint on the main portion of the house if the trim was a lighter, brighter color, but it’s not. It’s just a lighter shade of brown. The garage door was also… surprise, brown! (I bet you didn’t guess that one. 😉 So, this past weekend, I decided to complete a garage door makeover! Using primer, paint, and some inexpensive garage door accents, I made my dark brown garage door look bright white, which is a nice contrast to the dark brown paint (and it matches the front of my DIY floating deck).
This was a fairly quick (took less than a weekend) project and cost less than $100 for all materials. Here’s how I did it:
Garage Door Makeover Supplies & Materials
|Water Base White Primer||Exterior White Paint, Satin||Magnetic Decorative Garage Door Accents|
|Paintbrush, 4-Inch||Painter’s Tape||Canvas Cotton Drop Cloth|
Garage Door Makeover Instructions
- Begin by washing the garage door to remove all dust and dirt. Use a soft scrub brush and a hose on the “jet” setting. Let dry completely before moving on.
2. Tape off the trim, or the house next to the trim if you plan on painting the trim as well, using the painters tape.
3. Using the 4″ paintbrush, apply a coat of white primer to the garage door (and to the trim if that is being painted as well). Allow the primer to dry completely.
4. Paint a thin coat of white paint on the garage door (and trim if trim is being painted). Apply lightly in long strokes to avoid streaks in the paint. Let the first coat of paint dry completely.
5. Apply a second coat of white paint to the garage door, again using long, light strokes to avoid streaks in the paint. Let the second coat dry completely. If the original paint color of the door was dark, a third coat of paint may be needed. If it was a light color, the second coat of paint may be enough.
6. Next, open and apply the garage door accents. The accents I purchased are lightweight plastic, but have strong magnets. Not sure yet how they will hold up to being in direct sunlight, but they do look nice, at least for now!
I really like the way to garage door turned out, it definitely brightens up the front of the house! Have you done a makeover with your garage door? I’d love to hear about it!