Painted Garage Door

Candy Carroll
by Candy Carroll
5 Materials
3 Hours

We recently painted our house and so our garage door needed to be painted as well. I decided not to repaint it because I was hoping the old rust paint would show through as I just stained it. Here's how I did it!

First I used blue painters tape and taped off the squares and used black paint to make faux windows. I also made a black line down the middle of the door to make it look like two instead of one big door. I was so amazed how just doing that made such a huge difference! 

Then I purchased 1 quart each of Min wax Walnut Gel Stain and Satin Helmsman Spar Urethane. The cost was $25. I just mixed them together real well and proceeded to stain the garage door. I also added door handles and faux hinges at the end. It adds a great touch of detail!

This project took about 3 hours total. The pictures don't do it justice. It is so beautiful and makes the house look nice! I'm very proud of it!

The finished garage door- doesn't it look great?

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  • Cherie Cherie on Jul 19, 2018

    I a excited to try this project for y garage door. Is your garage door a metal or wood?

  • Cherie Cherie on Jul 19, 2018

    Also, what type drill would I use to add hinges/handles, to go through the metal?

  • Cyn2146947 Cyn2146947 on Jul 28, 2018

    Did you apply the stain with a brush or a rag? It looks beautiful!

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  • Pip Pip on Sep 16, 2018

    Love the look! Just beware that the darker color will absorb heat from direct sunshine making your garage much hotter inside.

    • Candy Carroll Candy Carroll on Sep 17, 2018

      That's probably right. I remember my dad telling me to get a roof that was light instead of a dark shingle for that very reason, but look at the roofs today! Mostly dark.

  • Suzanne Suzanne on May 02, 2021

    Did you do two coats? It’s one of the best jobs I have seen. Love your work!