Carrige House Look Garage Doors

We have your typical white metal insulated garage doors.

Hubby decided that he wanted new garage doors that looked like Carriage House doors. Have you priced those? We are talking many $$$$! No way! There is nothing wrong with our existing garage doors.

So, I told him that I could make our existing garage doors look like what he wanted.

I painted the white garage doors "Ramie" which is the color I used on the upper story wood siding. It is from Sherwin Williams and looks like a tan with a bit of green in it. I then cut stencils out that looked like a hinge and handles. I used black acrylic paint to paint this on knowing that I was going to seal it with exterior water based sealer. There are shadows and screws painted on also, but they are not showing up in these pictures. When hubby came home from work, this is what one of the doors looked like.

He said, "But I wanted windows!" So I gave him windows by painting them black with a few gray streaks in them. I noticed that when I saw windows in garage doors, they usually look dark from the outside. Here is the final Carriage House version of our plain white garage doors.

No more glaring white doors in the bright sunlight!
So the rest of the story...
Neighbors came by and complimented us on our selection of new garage doors! Ha, they are not new, just painted. So one of them talked me into doing the same thing on their garage doors without the base coat painting. Here is their garage door.

And again together for ease of viewing...
NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. Terry I LOVE IT!! I always loved the look of carriage house doors and you certainly achieved the look without the big price tag!! LOVE IT!! Martina

  2. That is the coolest thing I have seen in a LONG time! You nailed the look! Fantastic idea!

  3. Terri this is amazing! Can ya come over and do mine as well?;) I want carriage house doors as well. I found the hardware on Ebay and it is only $60 so hopefully soon I can transform ours. I would love to just paint um on but I know the HOA would catch wind of that and make me paint over them.

  4. Nice job..and a great save on the budget, too!

  5. I don't know, Terry, you may have found yourself a new job! : ) I had to laugh at your husband saying, "but I wanted windows", after you'd done the hinges and the handles. I think it looks great and you've achieved the look inexpensively.

  6. Terry I am so glad to have found you!!!! I have kept this picture from RMS days (2 years ago I think) when I loved this idea and have kept saying this is what we are going to do....so glad to be your newest *friend*

  7. Oh my goodness Terry! You are so talented! Wish you were my neighbor! Doors are fab!

  8. You are amazing! What a great idea and what a stunning transformation! Awesome!

  9. That is amazing and very creative...saving you lots of $$$$$. Great job!

  10. Terry that is fabulous! I cannot believe you could make those doors look like that.

  11. Ok, now that's cool. I was sure those were real windows. Came out amazing. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  12. Wow Terry The garage doors look sooooo much nicer. I just may have to try tis on our doors. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day, Sharon

  13. Absolutely wonderful!!! And a man that has fashion style....well, that's just a bonus..:)

  14. What a great transformation, you are so talented!

  15. Goodness your house is huge and so are those garage doors they must have taken you ages to paint but they look really lovely, dee x

  16. Those doors look amazing! We have carriage house garage doors and just yesterday had someone out to look at them because the window grills are separating. You have the look without the maintenance... success!

  17. love the look of your carriage garage doors - the fact you achieved the look without replacing yours is fantastic...what a great share! xoox, tracie

  18. I wish you lived next door to me, so I could try to talk you into painting my plain white garage doors. Great Great JOB!

  19. OK, that is simply amazing. I love that you just knew you could get the look without spending the money. I wish my brain worked like that...LOL. Great job...they look fantastic!!

  20. Pure Genius you are. I love it.

  21. Gosh, what a terrific idea! I LOVE it! Great job!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  22. They look really good! Very creative solution!

  23. This is absolutely fabulous, Terry!
    How very creative and budget friendly. I love them. Thanks for sharing this amazing project at my party.

  24. Terry! This is fabulous! Love the idea. You are a rock star!

  25. I am so glad I saw this! OMG I simply have to try this on my garage. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea. You're a genious!

  26. Amazing job, it looks great:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

  27. Girl, you could have a business doing this! Spectacular!

  28. Terry, these doors turned out great! You are going to be the talk of your Quincy neighborhood!! Such a talented lady, you are!

  29. Terry, these garage doors are too cute! You are so clever!

  30. OK I am doing this!!! Did you tape it off to get the panes? Did you use exterior paint? Wow I am excited!!!

  31. Lovely job! Your carriage house doors looks so fresh and awesome. Glad you added your link to the party, thanks for joining in at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays!

  32. Oh wow! I wish I had thought to do this before I bought my fancy carriage house garage door! Looks incredible and I can see why all your neighbors are envious!

  33. You are a very talented lady, I love the transformation, If my husband would let me do that, oh my, I can't even imagine. They just look fantastic, now you can spend the money you saved in other goodies.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    XXX Ido

  34. Totally completely wondeful!!! I would be SO happy if you would come do a guest post about this... Please!

    Let me know, I will send you the details!

  35. Wow, that looks great! I never would have guessed that it was painted. You're giving me all kinds of ideas for my garage door.

    Visiting from Remodelaholics Anonymous party.

  36. That is totally AMAZING!!!! What a great idea! :)

  37. Absolutely brilliant! you should sell these stencils and make your fortune!

  38. Hello! So awesome. I have added this to my to-do list!

  39. This was one of the coolest projects ever so I had to feature it at my party this week. Please stop by and grab an "I've Been Featured" button. Thanks.

  40. That is amazing!! I would never, ever have thought of doing that. Great job!!!

  41. Sorry I had to repost this!

    I really like this idea! I'm going to post this on my blog soon as an inspiration piece. Thank you for posting!

    ~Sarah from Ugly House Lovely Home

  42. No stinkin' way! You are brilliant! The neighborhood next to ours has beautiful garage doors like this (it's much newer than ours). I would never ever have thought of this. I just might have to do it. Wow, I'm stunned. Love it!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  43. You have got to be joking! That is a totally awesome idea! If I ever have garage doors in a new house, I will be doing this! Looks like a million bucks. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

  44. What a fantastic idea, it turned out great! The handles look so real are they just a stencil as well? What did you make your stencil out of? Did you put anything over the door like a clear finish after you painted it? Sorry I have lots of questions, and I don't have a garage door, I am just curious!


  45. This is incredible! Never would have thought to do something like this, now I must. Our house is so plain on the garage side. What a perfect fix. Thanks!
    (here from Under the Table and Dreaming)

  46. As much as I hate to say this, hubby was right, the windows made the look! Looks fabulous!

  47. Saw you at Someday Crafts. I LOVE these. I bet if there was any way you could turn your stencils for the hinges & handles into a pdf it would be downloaded a million, billion times by people like me who are totally going to steal this idea now. :)

  48. You are so darn clever!!!! I just LOVE this!!


  49. This is so clever! I followed your blog from Saturday Mornings and thought... how in the world did she craft a garage door? I clicked just out of curiosity and so glad I did! Love it! Very good job!

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  51. Wow, That's amazing transformation. It's really fits to your garage door. Decorating your garage door makes your house will more gets attraction.

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  53. Thanks for giving such a nice post on residential garage door. In this post, you gave very valuable information for Garage Door.

  54. You did a great job! Wow! It makes a real difference. Good for you.


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