3 Cheap + Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Garage Door This Weekend

Maximize your curb appeal with our inexpensive and oh-so-easy tips.

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Photo By: Shain Rievley

Garage Before: Assess Your Needs

Take a step back and look at your garage door. If it's anything like ours, it desperately needs a refresh.

Garage After: 3-Step Plan

Don't give up on your dingy, boring garage door just yet! We've got three easy ways you can overhaul your garage door this weekend. First up, a fresh coat of paint.

Prep + Clean

To make sure your garage door is ready for paint, it first needs a good cleaning. Start by removing any dirt or debris, then scraping off or sanding any loose paint. Spray down the entire door with a powerful degreaser and scrub away grime with a tough scrub brush. If the surface of the door is cracked, damaged or dented, you may need to call a professional before you begin.

Rinse Clean

Once the degreaser has worked its magic, rinse the door clean with water and allow to dry. Repeat the cleaning process on the trim around the door if you're planning to paint it as well.

Protect Your Driveway

Getting paint out of concrete is no easy feat. Avoid this altogether by laying out a tarp or a drop cloth.

Time to Paint

Once you’ve chosen your paint, it’s time to begin. We chose Behr Marquee exterior paint in Iron Gate. Begin the painting process by first brushing your paint in all of the recessed areas on the top half of the door.

Keep Rolling

Once the recessed areas are fully covered, use a short roller to roll a thin coat on all of the flat areas on the top half of the door.

Save Your Back

Instead of crouching down or bending over to paint the bottom of your door, simply lift the garage door up to an easily paintable level.

Repeat Painting Process

Repeat the process of brushing the recessed areas on the bottom of the door.

Roll the Bottom

Repeat the rolling process on the flat areas at the bottom of the garage door until the entire door is covered.

Add Contrast With White Trim

We chose to paint the areas around the garage door white so the door and exterior of the home would feel bright and clean.

Fill in the Cracks

Use a brush to push paint into the fine, cracked details of the surface. Once finished, allow all surfaces to dry with the door open.

Step 2: Time for Hardware

Say goodbye to that bland, run-of-the-mill garage door you currently have and hello to luxurious, iron hardware. This magnetic hardware pack is hands down the easiest, most affordable way to upgrade your garage door, requiring zero skill and very little effort.

Choose Your Layout

Unpack all of your hardware and decide where everything will go on the door. This can be a trial and error process and it may help to research different garage door styles for inspiration.

Layout Hinge Hardware

Once you've decided where your hinge pieces will go, use a measuring tape to evenly space the pieces on each side of the door.

Precision is Key

Take your time and apply the magnets evenly. Even the slightest tilt will be noticeable from a distance. The good news is, they're just magnets, so you can adjust and re-adjust as many times as you need!

Add Nail Head Accents

Now that the hardware is in place, add extra detail with magnetic nailhead accents.

Get Creative

Get creative with your placement of the nailheads, but try to keep it realistic so the hardware seems like it belongs on your door.

Windows on a Budget

But don't stop there. You can also add magnetic windows to your garage door for under $30.

Trace Your Layout

Place all the windows across the top of the door and use a chalk marker to draw on any details.

Cut to Size

Once you've finalized your layout, remove the pieces you desire to cut and use scissors to cut along the traced lines.

Stick in Place

Now that the pieces are cut, position them back on the door. Just like with the hardware, take your time and make sure everything is properly aligned.

View From a Distance

When placing the window pieces on the door, it may help to view the door from a distance. This will offer a better perspective when aligning the pieces.

Step 3: Frame With Plants

Add curb appeal to your fancy new garage door with beautiful foliage.

Pre-Drill Holes

Pre-drill holes for plant hangers in the mortar of the brick.

Mount With Screws

Mount the plant hangers using screws intended for use in mortar or concrete.

Hang Your Plants

Hang your favorite beautiful blooms. Pro tip: be sure to pick plants that can handle the amount of light your garage door area receives.

Go for Vibrance and Texture

Maximize the beauty of your space by choosing hardy, vibrant plants like verbena and calibrachoa.

Opt for Tall Planters

Tall, slender planters on each side of the door will help to fill space and frame in the garage door. This is also a great opportunity to add a splash of color to your home.

Curb Appeal = Maximized

Now that everything is said and done, sit back and admire your handiwork. We're sure the whole neighborhood will be doing the same.