Garage Door Makeover

13 Materials
2 Hours

I had never had a garage before moving into this little cottage of ours four years ago. Even still, we don’t use it for parking as we have too many tools and outdoor-type things that need storage. Our garage door can be locked but it’s all manual and has never really had much curb appeal other than the fact that it matches our house. I’ve seen tons of people doing garage door makeovers and I had to try my hand at it! It turned out to be painless and very economical. We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.
BEFORE: Plain Jane garage that needed a serious facelift!
  • Q-tips
  • Old rag
  • Nail Polish Remover

*Note: As mentioned before, I had Behr Exterior flat black paint on hand so instead of going out and purchasing a glossy finish black paint, I used what I had on hand. Then, I used Rustoleum clear gloss sealer that I had on hand on top of the flat black paint in order to give the faux windows a gloss finish.

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES TO ADD EXTRA TOUCH: -4 (6") Everbilt Decorative Tee Hinges -7/64" drill bit (recommended on hinge packaging for pilot holes) - Rustoleum Hammered Black spray paint - Dewalt 12v drill - phillips head screw bit
STEP 1 (optional but recommended): First, I sprayed all-purpose cleaner on the garage door where I was going to paint and gave the areas a good clean to ensure all dirt and debris were removed.
STEP 2: Tape off “windows” Next, I used painter’s tape to create 4-paned windows on our garage door. Most garages I’ve seen are pretty much the same as far as design, however, you may need or want to change up your design depending on the type of garage door you have. I simply created four windows straight across the top of our garage door, lining the tape up around the square panels on the door.
Here is how the garage door looked once all of the windows were taped off. Feel free to use a level and pen/pencil to mark your windows evenly--I simply eyeballed everything.
STEP 3: Paint “windows” After all of my windows were taped off, I used a sponge brush to apply one coat of black paint. Then, I let the paint dry completely and applied a second coat. If you’re using a glossy black paint, you are finished with this step unless you feel like you need more. If you’re using flat black paint, let the second coat dry completely and then apply 1-2 coats of Rustoleum clear gloss sealer.
STEP 4: Remove tape Finally, I removed the painter’s tape once all of my paint was completely dry....
...then I took a Q-tip with a little nail polish remover to erase any super noticeable bleeds. I figured no one will be looking at these faux windows with a microscope so I just got rid of any heavy bleeds that were able to be seen from afar.
STEP 5: Attach hardware (optional): I decided to take our garage makeover to the next level by adding gate hinges to the left and right sides of the door. I simply did this by marking the holes for the hinges, then drilling pilot holes for the screws. After that, I used the screws provided with the gate hinge hardware and my drill/screw gun to attach the gate hinges.
STEP 6: Spray existing handle/lock (optional): One last thing I did to spruce up our garage was spray paint the handle/lock with hammered black spray paint. Because our handle is attached to the locking mechanism, I didn’t want to get into changing the whole thing out—Lord knows how much that would have cost!—so I simply used spray paint I had on hand to have the handle match the gate hinge hardware I installed. If you decide to do this step, make sure to use your painter’s tape to tape off the handle and be very conservative with the spray paint so as not to accidentally spray the door.
I sprayed a light coat, let that dry, then touched up any places that I saw still needed paint.
Once the handle was dried completely, I removed the painter's tape.
It's far from perfect, but I’m so happy with how this came out—I feel like we have a brand new garage! Now maybe it will look a little more like a legit, functioning garage! *I know people are going to ask, but the piece of wood randomly screwed above the garage door was an old sign that came off and I didn't want to wait for Rob to remove the rest of it for me to do this project--haha--impatient pregnant lady here! :) ***Note: This project only cost me about $32, because I only needed to purchase the decorative hinges, since I had all other supplies on hand.
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3 of 4 questions
  • K.
    on Feb 1, 2017

    It's nice but did you have any trouble getting the key in the garage door lock?

    • K.
      on Nov 20, 2017

      yes, assuming you have a spare key

  • Nadieh
    on May 22, 2017

    Can you please tell me what song you used in the video? I've been looking all over the internet and can't find it. Things like shazam and soundhound don't recognise it.
    • V
      on Sep 7, 2017

      To keep the paint out of the key hole you could put a thin piece of cardboard into the hole while painting.
  • KrissyO
    on May 2, 2018

    Looks amazing! I don’t have squares on my garage doors. Mine has like 4” slats. Any suggestions on how to paint windows on that?

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  • SawHorse Design Build
    on Dec 8, 2019

    I had some clients looking to replace their doors so I did some research on modern garage doors and was amazed at what I found.

    I'm a firm believer is keeping items in place like you all did in this tutorial and adding life to them by slightly changing the design. I find that most items ended up looking dated well before their start to reach the end of their life-cycle.

  • Helen
    on Jan 2, 2020

    Hi, the door looks great. Just to let you know...for the hinges,either Home Depot or Lowe's has magnetic hinges. No need to drill the door. I have them and it is an instant change for the better. :-)

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