Easy garage door updates that add tons of character from Thrifty Decor Chick

Easy garage door updates that add tons of character from Thrifty Decor Chick


Hey there! Our weather has been SO lovely currently, and I have been knocking out outdoor projects. I set up the back again patio, cleaned off the front porch and cleaned up the flower beds. But my preferred jobs have been on our garage doors!

I have designed a number of very simple updates that have designed a major influence. I you should not assume I have at any time showed you the garage facet of the dwelling, but we love our doorways. They in good shape beautifully with the fashionable Craftsman style of our household.

My approach when we were being creating was to have “dim sky” lights hanging previously mentioned our garage doors. These are lights that shine the mild down, so they reduce gentle air pollution. I just really like the way they look and really like them hanging about a garage door.

However when it arrived time to wire them, they could not put in them earlier mentioned the doors for the reason that of the headers. There just was not enough space with our design. So at the last minute I scrambled to decide on out new coach lights for exterior.

I picked one thing low-cost, realizing I might ultimately adjust them out. They finished up currently being way too tiny for our residence, but were being wonderful for a while. I wasn’t thrilled when the end on one commenced coming off:

changing out garage coach lights

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They are only two and fifty percent several years previous — way much too quickly for this to happen! But I took that as my sign to improve them out. I identified these black dim sky lights at Lowe’s awhile again and fell in love: 
black dark sky garage lights

They have been precisely what I had in head when we had been creating! 

They are a little distinctive in that they are LED lights that can’t be modified out (no bulb to switch). I am a little nervous about that, but the value was rather fantastic and I know we will conserve on electrical energy expenditures. I just hope they final for several years! 

I acquired a magnetic established soon right after transferring in and went to insert them to the doors…and then understood the trim that we appreciate so much on the doors is not metallic. The doorways are, but not the trim: 

gray white Craftsman garage doors

Wah wahhh. So individuals went again! 

Quickly ahead a pair of many years and I decided to give it a attempt all over again! This time with ones you connect on the doorway (like our outdated set). I located this ornamental garage door set at Dwelling Depot: 
Craftsman carriage garage door hardware

They are seriously easy to put in — just determine out where you want them, then mark the holes with a pencil:

installing decorative garage door hardware

I started with a more compact drill bit, and then put tape about the hole right before earning it a bit even bigger. Placing the tape on leading will help continue to keep the drilled hole super clean up: 

how to add decorative Craftsman garage door hardware

The wooden will not carry up all over it with the tape — that’s important if I ever want to acquire these off and fill the holes later on. Just in scenario! 🙂 

No need so significantly, simply because we adore them!:

Craftsman carriage garage door hardware and lighting

You can see my closing very little job in that photo — I’ve always required to insert a flower pot between the two garage doorways. People are wave petunias and they will fill in properly and spill all over. They are a good alternative rate-wise due to the fact they get so whole. 

This is how it all arrived jointly! They are small improvements but glimpse so superior!: 

Modern Craftsman garage door design

I wish I had taken a before photo! But you get the plan. 🙂

That garage doorway components will come with two sets of hinges and a set of handles. Commonly you would use both equally established of hinges on a single doorway (see how I did it at the old household below), but with our current garage door style and design I only wanted one particular for just about every garage door. 

So now I have just one set of handles — I assume it would look great to incorporate them, but I would have to purchase a different whole set in buy to get two a lot more handles for the other door. 

For now we are living with out (we like it just great with the hinges):  

Dark sky garage coach lights Craftsman design

But inevitably I could chunk the bullet and obtain a different established for the handles. Probably I can promote the remaining hinges.

Here is a seem at the dim sky garage lights — they will not illuminate as considerably as typical coach lights do, but they nevertheless give off plenty of gentle: 

Modern Craftsman garage door and lighting design

I have a significant job prepared for the doorways someday, but I will never be doing that myself. It will end off this place flawlessly! Stay tuned for that…sooner or later. 🙂 

I really like incorporating character within and out of the dwelling! These are some really uncomplicated techniques to do just that. 

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