Quick. Easy. Cheap. Garage Door Update.

2 Materials
10 Minutes

Tutorial from Rachelle of Originally Worn on a quick, easy, cheap way to update your garage doors. Watch video tutorial here —-> https://youtu.be/9zOHBOFuhXg

Hey friends! I have been chipping away at making our exterior have a bit more character. It is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t resist skipping over some more labor intensive projects for this super quick, cheap and easy garage door sprucing.


Here are the doors before. We have black shutters and window boxes on the other side of the house and needed some black down here to balance it out.

Add hardware

First thing I did was buy some “carriage house” hardware. This stuff comes in a variety of materials, styles and magnetic or screw in. I chose one that was plastic and magnetic. It wasn’t my favorite style, but at $11 a door, the price was.

I am very pleased with them though. They hold on strong, won’t rust, and again....are inexpensive.

Add faux windows

You could stop there, but I wanted faux windows. I had planned on doing a magnetic window, but I couldn’t find any in the size to fit my square well. So I came up with a new plan. In the end it was pretty simple and even less expensive then the magnetic windows.

I took high gloss, permanent vinyl and cut it to fit the inner squares of the door. Although you can’t see it in the photos, I went with high gloss for the reflection. Typically real garage windows are reflective. You could cut your vinyl in any shape or size that fits the style you want.

Here are the doors side by side, unfinished and finished.

And then both done. For about 10 minutes of work and $15-$20 per door I am happy with the update. 

Here is a view from the front yard... I doubt you would think twice about the doors being real or not while passing by. (Which is a good thing, lol)

Now onto finishing up the rest of our landscaping and painting... someday, one day, hopefully a day soon!

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  • Rose Davila Rose Davila on Jun 19, 2021

    LOOKS great !!! I would complete the look with a gorgeous simple deck to replace the stairs leading to front door. Great job.

  • Penumbra7 Penumbra7 on Sep 07, 2021

    This looks so good, I did mine as well, but I just bought the window kit of magnetic squares that you space out to fit what you need, or you could have them touch if you prefer. Just wanted everyone to know how great these kits work. Unbelievably great update.