DIY GARAGE DOOR MAKEOVER WITH STAIN

Our Garage Door Makeover – I’m so thrilled to share with you guys this DIY project.  It’s been on my to-do list for about a year.  Our garage door faces east and has been sufficiently baked over the years and was begging for a makeover.   So I decided to give it an update using stain… yep… gel stain!  The results were even better than I had hoped for.  For less than $20 and a few hours of work we had a gorgeous faux wood garage door.

GARAGE DOOR MAKEOVER

Here’s a little video about our garage door makeover… {affiliate links included for your convenience, you find read more here}

Update a Garage Door for Less than $20 by Domestically Speaking

 

GEL STAIN GARAGE DOOR MAKEOVER SUPPLY LIST:

Here’s our sad garage door as it was getting a good power wash

You can see it was a very faded brown from all that heat on the metal door.  If you don’t have a power washer I’d recommend cleaning it well with your hose and then giving it a good cleaning with vinegar and a sponge and finish with a good rinse.

The Hubster used a cheap synthetic brush and worked one section at a time brushing on the gel stain in the direction of the pattern in the door. The gel stain dries super quick, so I would recommend taking on this project when the weather is pleasant and when the garage door isn’t in the direct sunlight.

 

Here we are halfway finished.  Now gel stain is NOT like regular stain.  You are not letting it sit and minute and then wiping it off!!! . You paint on the gel stain and let it dry… that’s it… super simple!

 

And all finished!  What an update!

I love the deep rich brown… it almost looks like faux wood!

We only used one coat of gel stain to achieve this gorgeous look.  If your garage door is a different color than brown it might take more than one coat to achieve the color you’re looking for…. but wow… what a difference! It took the Hubster about 3 hours total to get this great garage door update… so it’s a great weekend project!

I’ve had lots of questions regarding a white or off white garage doors.  My recommendation would be to try the gel stain in a small area in the corner of your garage door and see how it looks.

The quart of gel stain was about $15 and we used two brushes… so for under $20 bucks we got this awesome garage door update!

UPDATE:  WE USED GEL STAIN ON OUR FRONT DOOR – YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE:

GEL STAINED FRONT DOOR

 

ANOTHER UPDATE – OUR GEL STAINED GARAGE DOOR ONE YEAR LATER

(almost 4 years now and still going strong)

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