One of the details I really wanted to change was our standard white garage door. boring.
I wanted some pizazz, some curb appeal, some I-don't-look-like-I-came-from-the-big-tool-store-type attention.
Luckily our custom garage door we chose a few years ago already had a faux wood grain inlaid to the panels. So with some paint, I went to work and made our garage door look like this...
Want to give it a try? I'll show you how.
First, check the back side of your garage door for a label that will give you instructions on how to prepare your garage door for painting. Also, remember I already had a wood grain design on my door...this could be done on a flat surface, but would take different steps to get the desired effect.
Next, you'll want to pick a base color exterior paint that suits your liking. I used a color called Caramel Swirl. (because, after all, when you look at wood it isn't just brown, but a blend of browns)
In the above photo, I'm showing that the bottom three panels are second coated with the top still needing a second coat. My neighbor's little boy walked by and said, "I like your orange garage door!"
Ummm...yes it was orange, and yes my neighbors thought I was going to leave it like that. Gotta love neighbors...can I hear an amen?
Using an artists brush to get to the fine details helped make it easier to get around those windows. I'm also not the type to use tape to mark it off with painters tape, but you could do that if you like. I worked on a paint crew and have learned the nuisances of painters tape, and that a steady hand prevents you from needing it.
Make sure you're applying your coats in low heat sunlight and try to avoid the hottest part of the day. The curing will go much smoother in a cooler setting. We have a southern facing garage and I had to make sure to do it early in the day before the paint would bake.
On to the fun part....adding the depth. For this I chose a chocolaty dark brown paint and thinned it down with some water to give it flow. (I don't believe in buying super-expensive glazing, I just make my own)
You'll need that homemade glazing you made, some cotton scrap cloths (t-shirts), and a paint brush. The technique is simple, but takes a bit of time.
Wipe on the glaze with your brush, working in small areas at a time (I did one square), and then lightly wipe it back off. You'll be leaving some of the glaze behind to fill the grainy texture, giving it the wood grain effect.
Here is my partial finished door. Again, the neighbors are peering out their windows wondering what in the world I was doing. The entire time I'm doing this I'm singing to myself John Denver's song..."country road, take me home, to the place where I belong..."
My heart is in the country!
With only one coat of glazing, the garage door is finished and just needs a couple of days to cure.
A rustic look was what we were going for, so we also added some carriage door hardware. You can find it at any home improvement store.
I just love how it came out. A few mistakes I made was trying to touch up some spots - better left alone. ahem. But...I learned and am so glad I took this project on.
Now the neighbors are oohing and aahing and wanting theirs done too! ha!
Got questions? Please feel free to ask and I'd love to see yours if you give it a try!
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