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Faux Wood Garage Door Makeover

Upgrading your home’s curb appeal can add personality to your home and increase it’s overall value. However, you don’t want to spend too much time and money on upgrades, that’s why DIY projects are so valuable. You might not realize it, but upgrading your garage door adds great curb appeal to your home. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many DIY projects out there to help you make over your garage door. However, some are complicated and take more skill than they let on. Luckily for you, we found a great DIY painting project from Prodigal Pieces to add a rustic, country flair to your home. If you love the look of faux wood, then this one’s for you! Most garage doors come with the standard wood grain texture, which is perfect for this project. If your garage door does not have the added texture, you will have to take extra steps to get the desired look. With this simple paint job, you can update your garage door and make it look like a custom job! What You’ll Need: Burnt orange/caramel flat exterior paint - as long as you have a color within this family, it will look good Dark brown flat exterior paint - preferably a deep contrasting brown Old cotton rags or t-shirts Gloves A paintbrush - possibly painter’s tape or an artist’s brush Steps to a Faux Wood Garage Door: Clean the surface of your garage door. Thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap and allow for adequate drying time. Decide the best time to start painting. You don’t want to paint in direct sunlight. If your garage faces the sun during the day, you will want to paint

Turn Your Garage Into A Man Cave

Caves are cool, right? We all love them - lava caves, ice caves, “The Bat Cave”! And the coolest cave of all - the man cave. One of the most treasured parts of the house, where neither women nor children shall pass. The walls are covered in sports memorabilia, wild animal mounts, pictures of dudes doing cool things, mega screen TVs and blow-your-ears-off surround sound. Not to mention, the bottomless kegerators and cool leather couches that are staples in the perfect man cave. Have we just about covered it all? Oh wait, one more thing, the sign on the door must read MAN CAVE!!! Below is a step-by-step guide to convert your garage into the perfect man cave, that you have always dreamed about. Step 1: Find your inspiration. Tucked back in your imagination is a perfectly constructed man cave just for you. The greatest fact is that you already have an empty room to do with what you want. The major things like insulation, plumbing and electrical (for the most part) are already taken care of. Step 2: Use your hobbies. What do you like? Sports, outdoors, golfing, hunting, NFL, eating, the list could go on and on. Choose your top 4 or 5 hobbies to help you determine your man cave theme. Decor ideas will really help bring your man cave theme to life. Step 3: Clean out the garage. Determine what can stay and what needs to go. Keep anything that will contribute to your overall man cave theme. Donate anything that you decide to get rid of to your local shelter. Step 4: Create a plan. What does the flooring, siding and celling look like? Determine where you’ll want extra light,

DIY Garage Door Makeover

There are many simple DIY projects that you can do around the house to update your home and add value to it. These projects don’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Doing some upgrades and makeovers can help you get the highest return on your investment at resale. Giving your garage door a makeover can have an especially big impact by increasing the curb appeal of your home. According to Remodeling Magazine's most recent Cost vs. Value report, homeowners can expect to recoup nearly 84% of their investment with a new or updated garage door. Replacing the garage door ranks as one of the top five most important home improvement projects for a high return on investment. Homeowners are often surprised by the many options they have when choosing to replace or makeover their garage doors. Options range from practical solutions to preferred styles. For example, you could choose insulated garage doors to increase your home’s energy efficiency or a styled garage door like the pictures here.    Here’s a simple, inexpensive DIY project to give your garage door a facelift. After many years of weather and direct sunlight, garage doors fade and need a new coat of paint. Using a gel stain adds a beautiful color and an updated look. Supplies: 2 synthetic brushes - $1 each, a quart of gel stain - $15. (Miniwax’s Walnut Gel Satin was used in this project, but you can use any color or brand that you like.) Step One: Choose a pleasant day to do your project. The gel stain dries quickly, so it’s a good idea to paint when your garage door is not in direct sunlight. Step Two: Make sure the garage door is

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How to Choose the Right Garage Door Repair Company

When unexpected problems with your garage door arise, it can cause a lot of frustration and inconvenience.  Finding  a good, reliable, and honest garage door repair company should not add more anxiety to the situation.  So here are five tips on how to choose the right garage door repair company. Get quotes from 2 or 3 companies. If you find that your garage door or garage door operator is not working properly, it is to your advantage to get multiple bids to avoid getting overcharged. Many times, customers are in a hurry to get their door fixed and choose the first company that they call. The best way to avoid getting ripped off is to describe the problem over the phone as best as possible. Most reputable companies should be able to give you a rough estimate over the phone. If they will not do this, then call another company. Also, make sure to let the repairman know that he must get your permission before performing any work that exceeds the phone estimate. Be wary of the repair only specialist. Many companies specialize in repair work only because they know that many customers are desperate to get their garage door repaired quickly, they don’t have time to check prices of parts online, and they don’t know if the repair is actually necessary. Ask the company if they also install doors and openers. It's best to get prices from a long established company that does both installations and repairs. Check the company's online review history. Do a quick Google search of the company name followed by complaints. For example, “ABC Garage door complaints”. If the company has numerous bad reviews, obviously you will want to choose

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