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The Viral Garage Door Makeover for less Than $100

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This garage door makeover has millions of views across the internet, and for good reason!

Perhaps the easiest cheapest, and fastest way we added MAJOR curb appeal to our Fixer Upper was a $68 garage door paint kit. Seriously, $68 and three hours of work completely transformed the whole front of our house.

I wanted the look of wood garage doors but did not have room in the budget (or any desire for the upkeep). Enter the "Giani Wood Look Garage Door Paint Kit"

I had my eye on it for a while, but honestly thought it was one of those flukey too good to be true things. The amazon reviews were great though, and I figured I could risk $68, and could paint over it if it looked like total garbage.

I took a picture of my wood front doors and compared the amazon pictures for the paint kit to pick out the best color match, and settled on "English Oak".

The How To:

The kit includes everything you will possibly need: just the right amount of paint, the applicator, plastic drop cloth, and tape.

I started by taping everything off, took a deep breath, and painted the first step!

You can't tell from the picture, but the base layer of paint looked almost peachy pink to me, and it was at that point that I decided this was a HUGE mistake and was going to turn out HORRIBLE. But I already committed.... gots to see it through!

The second coat you apply with a painting "mitt" thing that comes in the kit. It was easy to use and I got the hang of it quickly, but still was not convinced.

The last coat made me a believer! This was right after application (and before touching up the trim around the garage door). It looks like real wood, and the color ended up going with our front doors perfectly. It was about 3 hours of work, and the supplies and instructions that came with the kit were fool proof.



The last step was this $14 magnetic hardware kit. We are years in to this paint job and it still looks like I did it yesterday, and the magnets stay put, except when my brother comes over and moves them in random spots to be a turd.

What do you think about this glow up?


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