General Home Decorating

{Update Your Garage Door for Under $250}


When we were building our house I didn’t think twice about the garage door. Rookie mistake #355 of 980. Okay, that’s sort of an exaggeration, but there are so many stupid little things I didn’t think about or even pay any mind when we got into this. It’s okay, it’s okay, I’m making a list. AND of course I’ll be sharing it with you once I finish putting it together {yaaay! I know you are so excited *possibly rolling my eyes*}. Anyhooo, seen these:


Yes…YEESSSS I want one. I want one badly. So, I did what any logical woman would do, I googled it, found one I liked and then screamed in horror at the price of a replacement garage door, let alone a craftsman/cottage style garage door. I mean, what in the world are these things made of? Will it greet me when I place my finger on the garage door opener? “Good morning Megan. Don’t you look stunning today?!?!” Yea, it isn’t going to do that. So tell me, WHY, WHY are they so expensive?

I mentioned that I would like to replace our very boring, white, Home Depot special {not that there is anything wrong with a white garage door from Home Depot} garage door to my husband. He said, and I quote “No.” That’s it, that’s all he said. And then he walked away. Don’t think I didn’t chase after him begging to get a new one because ours was “just so boring Andrew! I mean look at it! It’s a snoozefest!” His reply “No. It’s a garage door, they are expensive, get over it.” Whaaaaaaa? “Get over it?” Clearly that man has lost his mind. But he was right. I couldn’t justify $2000 for a garage door. Yes people, $2000. Read it again. A garage door.

So, I hit the internet machine again and looked for a way to DIY a craftsman-style garage door, Annnnd I found a little gem called Coach House Accents. Woop! I made sure I fully understood what would be entailed in the installation so that my husband I wasn’t spending the entire weekend making over a garage door. It seemed fairly simple and required minimal tools, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I have a double garage door so I had to order two sets of the fake windows {I’m certain there is a nicer way to say that, but let’s call a spade a spade} and one set of the “hardware.” I had a 10% off coupon burning a hole in my wallet for Lowe’s, so I made an online purchase and had those bad boys shipped to me. They arrived in less than a week. Weekend DIY plans MADE!

So here are my suggestions when installing:

  • If you have a double garage door like me, measure from the outside in for the windows. Meaning, put up your left and right windows first, then put in the middle windows.
  • Be sure to double-check your measuring for the spacing between the outside windows and inside windows. Ours is a smidge off and I truly don’t know how. We measured three times. Guess our math was off.
  • Don’t be an idiot like me, and install the handle over one of the creases in the door. Yep…yep…it will break when you open the garage door. Luckily for me, my husband’s brain worked faster than mine and he screamed “IT’S GONNA BREAK! HIT THE BUTTON! HIT THE BUTTON!” before disaster struck.
  • It took us about 2 hours all in, so plan accordingly.
  • You could do this with one person, but I would really suggest two. Using masking tape to hold up the window panels, while you trying to mark the holes, and make sure it is still level, and it doesn’t slip causing all of the holes to be off sounds TERRIBLE by yourself. Enlist the help of another person to help you hold the panels in place while you mark. Then, while one person is drilling, the other person can put the screws/washers on, and remove the sticky film from the back. What do we want? TEAM WORK!
  • This is more just a FYI. Pre-drilling the holes for the window panels is a little harder than it should be due to the fact that the surface of the door is slick.
  • So there you have it! What do you think? You think I can fool everyone from a distance at least?
    Garage Door Before and After |

    I will say my neighbor came over and said “I didn’t know you guys got a new garage door. It looks great!” Should I let him in on our little secret?!?!?! 🙂

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