Faux Wood Garage Door Makeover

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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:

  1. Clean the surface of your garage door. Thoroughly wash it with warm water and soap and allow for adequate drying time.
  2. 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 early in the morning or at night.
  3. Paint! Apply two coats of the burnt orange/caramel flat exterior paint to the entire garage. If there are windows you must paint around, you can use painter’s tape or an artist’s brush to get the fine details without marking the windows.
  4. Next, you will add water to the dark brown flat exterior paint to make it more like a glaze. This will help lengthen the drying time of the paint and allow you to create the faux wood look. Mix roughly 2 cups of paint with 2 tablespoons of water, just enough to give it the consistency of milk. 
  5. Apply the glaze using a fully loaded paintbrush, working in small areas at a time. Working one panel at a time is best.
  6. After covering an entire panel, grab your cotton rag and lightly wipe the glaze off. You’ll leave some of the glaze behind to fill in the grainy texture, giving it the faux wood effect.
  7. You will only need one coat of glaze and it will take a couple of days to cure. To complete the rustic look, add some carriage door hardware. 

faux wood makeover

This simple and easy project will not only add to your curb appeal, it will also give your home some individuality that only you can give. Impress your neighbors with this fun, hands-on project and everyone will be asking you how you did it. For more great garage door tips and repair advice, contact American Empire Garage Doors at (949) 498-8783.

Happy DIYing!


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