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Monday, March 4, 2013

$15 Garage Door Makeover

Hi friends! I'm unnaturally excited about today's project, so I'm just going to jump right in. Remember this Melt My Butter...when I oohed and aahed all over Garr Den of Love garage door makeover? You think I do those feature posts because I'm nice and like to share the genius of bloggers?! Wrong! I do them to keep track of the cool projects I want to knock off at my own house (partially kidding). And this time was no different.

I took our builder basic garage door....

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

And turned it into this! And it only cost $15 and 15 minutes. No joke.

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Okay, let me calm down, and start from the beginning. We have a perfectly fine garage door. I never thought 2-seconds about it, except to be grateful I have one and that it works. It never occurred to me that it was plain or an eyesore. I never considered giving it a makeover, and certainly would never spend thousands of dollars to replace it with a fancy one.



 Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Then I saw the transformation of Marissa's garage, and all of a sudden I was giving my plain garage door the stink eye! All you need is a set of 4 decorative carriage house garage door hinges, and a drill. Cute helper is optional.

 Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Just to keep things real, here's the true Before shot, with actual life going on.

 Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Simply decide the placement of your faux hinges, drill pilot holes, then screw on the brackets. They even come with little plastic caps to cover the screws that barely poke out on the other side. TWSS

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

So simple, even a 1st grader can do it!

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Just make sure you don't attach them at the seam, or you'll have a big problem next time you open the door.

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Our carriage set came with handles, but we preferred the simpler look without them. Our house numbers are mounted above the doors too, but I blurred them out for the crazies. (Online stalking = encouraged. House stalking = boiling bunnies.)

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Upgrade

Our neighborhood has alleys, and the garages are in the back...but we have a corner lot, so the garage door is more visible. This quick makeover gave a big boost to our curb appeal.

Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

I'll save your scrolling finger and give you the Before & After one more time.

 Hi Sugarplum | $15 Garage Door Makeover

What improvements have you made for only $15 lately? What do you think of our new carriage door?! I'll admit, I'm over-reacting a tad about a garage door, but it's rare when a project is easier, cheaper, and turns out even better than you hope.

28 comments:

  1. You can't beat a $15 makeover! Our garage door is so pitiful - it could really use a new paint job. Hmm.....maybe a little makeover like this would nice this spring.

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  2. Cute, affordable, and easy! Love it!

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  3. I saw these at Home Depot this weekend. :) Almost bought them. I love the look. They have been popping up on garage doors around here too.

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  4. Such a simple touch with huge impact! And she is pretty much the cutest little helper ever, love that she's getting in on the action!

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  5. Really clever Cassie! Leave it up to you!! It really makes a big difference.

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  6. We have those already and they do fade quickly and I love the crispness. So...I take them off once a year and give them a coat of spray paint and they are beautiful once again!

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  7. Great update! This one's on my to-do list also.

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  8. I saw this when you melted about it - then, that day driving home from work I saw a house with the exact same little upgrade! I told my hubby we were doing it, then totally forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to HD on my lunch hour to buy the stuff :P

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  9. Looks awesome! I already bought this kit, and it's been sitting in my garage for two weeks, waiting to be installed. Can't wait to do it! :)

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  10. I love this, Cass. It's fits your door so well. And seeing scooter girl reminds me of how our projects in progress look!

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  11. I had no idea those kits were so cheap! Looks awesome Cassie :)

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  12. You definitely took your garage door from drab to supa fab. I want to do this with our garage door but the husband seems to think it'll look dumb. Your brick is similar to ours so I'll have to show him your pics so he can visually see how I'm right and he's wrong. :)

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  13. I've also seen that done in our neighborhood and love it. Pull handles used in the center of the garage door, are also an option

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  14. What a cute little helper! That project looks like it costs hundreds of dollars! Such a fabulous idea!

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  16. I have a brick fron house with black shutters and a black door. My garage door is white and for some reason I am unable to pull the trigger and paint it black. Adding these black accessories my help to unify the garage door with the rest of the front of the house. I remember when you originally posted about finding this idea. Your post was a good kick in the pants to get off my butt and do this!
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    Suzanne @ www.smallchangesbigimprovements.com

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  17. So So glad to see you protect yourself from the 'crazies' and not post your house number. You wouldn't believe how many friends have posted pictures of their new toy, new car, kids going to school all with mailbox numbers, license plate numbers, all in plain site. Facebook isn't the only place that crazies hang out. Better be safe than sorry ... especially with person safety!!

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  18. One of my favorite parts of the Craftman bungalow that we built is our garage door. You can see it in the 4th photo here: http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/p/house-story.html

    I'm an architecture nerd, so I always appreciate the details. Sometimes the littlest things make a big difference. You made a good choice, and your $15 update looks super!

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  19. I am actually surprised you havent yet painted stripes or even gone ombre on your garage door yet. Good idea huh?

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  21. Are they just for decorative purposes only? I've seen a lot of garage doors that have it. I thought that it was something important and functional. Hahaha! But, it definitely made a difference. This is a cheap way to spruce up your old garage door.

    Sharron Folkes

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    1. Yes -- just decorative in this case. If you have a true carriage door, then they are actual hinges. Nice to know it's hard to tell the difference between a real carriage door, and the fake ones like mine! :)

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  23. Brilliant! Really like the versatility of your idea and how easy it is. Instantly ads class to your "curb appeal" -- look forward to seeing more doors like this around my neighborhood.

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  24. Wow Cassie! Great work with your garage door! The hardware you choose compliments your home wonderfully! We do garage door repair milwaukee area and it's great to see DIY projects like this.

    Keep sharing!

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Your comments are like crack, or popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. xoxo, cass

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