Monday, April 25, 2011

The garage door bluuuuuues

It's quite the conundrum, we moved into a house with an ugly old metal garage door but there's nothing wrong with it so we can't possibly justify replacing it.  Of course even if we did replace it, garage doors are so expensive we probably couldn't buy one better looking than what we have now!
See, nothing wrong, just super standard.

Of course, something like these would be beaaaaaaautiful!



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Ok, options under $50?
Ebay!  
Instead of replacing our doors we decided to spring for a set of $30 carriage hardware.  They are exterior grade steel and come with their own screws.  I thought it would be hard to attach them to a metal door but I just pre-drilled with a standard drill bit (small) and then screwed the hardware right on!
Voila, thirty dollars later and oh so much better!
Complete with ugly garbage  an and power cord of course.

Please try and avoid my idiotic mistake on this project, initially I attached the handles in the middle over the middle horizontal seam...then when I tried to open the garage of course it couldn't work because there was steel screwed onto both sides of it!  Fortunately a little exterior caulk filled in the holes just fine, but boy was I hoping nobody saw that one!

If screwing into your metal door isn't your style they also have magnetic hardware available for about the same price.  It obviously doesn't look as "realistic" up close but from the curb it is very believable and completely removable.  Can't beat the install!

If you're looking for something more unique there are companies online that provide beautifully designed hardware.
VintageGarageDoor.Com

Why not?  It costs so little and definitely makes a big difference!



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29 comments:

  1. Great job! Someone else in blogland recently faux painted hardware on her garage, and Remodelaholic has a cool tutorial for a garage facelift. So many awesome ideas -- I think I need to start a file, as my contractor ordered the wrong door for my garage, so I'm looking for some creative options :)

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  2. I am definitely passing this on to my blog partner - my daughter - who just installed a new garage door. This would so work for her.

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  3. Awesome idea! I found you from The Lettered Cottage. Glad you linked up.

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  4. Love this! I have one giant boring garage door and wish I had two cute ones instead of one huge one. I keep waiting for mine to croak so I can replace it with something better...but dreading the expense, too. I like your redo...turned out great!

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  5. Thank you!
    Susan, have you considered splitting up the door with automotive pin stripe? Maybe that would give you the look of multiple doors, just a thought!

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  6. I need to jazz up our garage door too, this is a great idea.....it looks wonderful.

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  7. We have a garage door just like your before. I am so glad you included the web addy for where to purchase the hardware! Thank you!

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  8. These designs are really great I love this kind of blogs you give me such a nice things through this blog I like garage doors and windows designs very much.
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  9. OMG! I just found your site via a linky party at a lettered cottage and i saw your garage door! I just repainted our door (wanted a new one, but thought paint would extend it's shelf life) and I was googling for hardware. i will check out ebay. Newest follower. Would love a follow back... laura
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  10. very nice designs of garages are shown by you... anyways this post is very informative as we don't need to replace our old garage doors else we can use some techniques used by you, and a result of that we will have our attractive garage doors.


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  11. Tips to identify the retractable type of garage door, which has large springs at each side of the door; when the door is open, the bottom edge of the door is usually flush with the door frame (but not always).

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  12. Could you please, pretty please, be more specific about the faux hinges you bought on ebay? A brand name, style...I am *so* going to do this!

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  13. It's a simple addition, but it adds a bit of spice to that garage door! Good job. Oftentimes a small solution can dish out some pretty effective results.

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  14. It’s really awesome what a few decorations can do to completely alter the appearance of anything! You did a great job with the hardware (and I won’t talk about the initial mistake with the handles, woops!). They look great on your door. I’m pretty sure there are magnet versions of the hardware you installed as well, just in case you feel like a change down the road.

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  15. This is one of the best make-over I had ever seen! I agree with your decision to fix your door instead of replacing it with another one. Less cost, right? And the good part is that you were able to develop your creativity more. Remember, a simple plan can produce an excellent product. And by the way, thanks for informing us about the different designs of the door handler.

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