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Garage Door Makeover

Last week we talked about those boring blah garage doors and showed you lots of fancy, special, gorgeous doors.  For those of you who can’t currently do a full garage door replacement, there are some great options for DIY upgrading your door by adding just a little hardware or paint.  In some cases you won’t even need a single tool.

First up, here’s my own garage door with the addition of magnetic, that’s right, MAGNETIC, hardware.  So you can take them off if your homeowners association sends you one of those nasty notes for overstepping your bounds without fear of having holes in your door!  In this example, I’ve also shown an option to either paint or use vinyl decals to create the illusion of windows.  Be sure to use high gloss paint or vinyl so the reflective quality will give the illusion of being a glass panel.  Shown here is the Cre8tive Hardware, Classic Spade Magnetic Garage Door Hardware Set (6-Piece)  $36.

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Ok, full disclosure, I did this garage update digitally but this is another great way to see if you’ll like the final results.  Just take a photo of your doors, and cut and paste a pic of the hardware from the manufacturer’s website and place it on your doors to see if you like it before you make the investment.   Tip, be sure to be perfectly straight on when you take the pic, I am a bit off center here so the handles look a little angled.  I like the results so I’ll put this project on my list for sure!

Other ways to make an easy update to your garage is with paint.  Adding a gel stain can make your door look like a real wood door.   Check out the entire DIY instructions at Made to Love.

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There are a number of great garage door additions that can convert your blah doors to something really special.  This $99 panel can be screwed on to your door to create the appearance of arched windows.   This is the Crown Metal Works White Decorative Faux Window (2 per Pack).

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