This is seriously one of the EASIEST DIY ideas I have EVER tried…. AND, coming in at under $15, one of the BEST ideas out there!! It seriously requires no power tools or husband to complete!!! I have wanted carriage kits for my garage door for a LONG time; however, even at $25, just for the hinges, it is not in my budget with only one income and seven hungry kids!
I thought about making a stencil and painting it on there with spray paint; however, at the risk of really messing things up, I couldn’t get myself to do it. What if Ed didn’t like it? You know, he has to live here too! He’d has to like the way things turn out also! I got to looking around on the internet to see if there was something I could find and one idea that kept coming up was VINYL!!!
So, when my friend found some vinyl on sale for me at $5 a roll, I couldn’t be more pleased!!
I simply cut out 32 squares that were 7 1/4″ long by 3 1/2″ wide (It only took 2 roles that were 12″ by 48″ long for the windows and a small partial role for the hinges). Placed them squarely on the raised panel part on the garage door. For the hinges and the handles, I found a picture of the ones I liked, blew them up on the printer at 200%, then cut those out. I also took a hole punch to the end of those to make a nice little hole in the hinges and handles…
We purchased a total of three rolls and I have a bit left over, so I might get a start on the shed garage door. I think Ed will like it…. a lot!
UPDATE: September 2015… Well, my sweetheart didn’t complain about the doors. We liked them a lot! However, after about a year’s time, the vinyl started to peel. I still loved the look so I taped it off and painted it black with some outdoor black paint I had. Same great look…. much longer lasting!
Let me know if you decide to give it a try!
One “before” and a few “afters!”
UPDATE: I had enough to do my shed door as well! The last window is sort of pieced together, and we had to forgo the hinges, but I still think it looks great! So for three rolls of vinyl, I did a double garage, and a single garage door!