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Sometimes the DIY projects you put off the longest can end up having the greatest impact and leaves you wondering why you put it off so long! The outside of Steph’s garage was one of those ‘back burner’ projects that never seemed to make it to the top of the list. But with the amazing weather we are having this February, now was the perfect time to tackle three small projects to update the curb appeal of her house.
The mini makeover was brought about by Steph wanting some decorative hardware like she had seen and admired on some of her neighbors' garages. We recently became aware that the company that made the peel and stick tile we used in her kitchen also makes magnetic hardware for garages! We were sold on the idea of not having to drill into the garage door to install hardware! We contacted the company and they sent two different sets for us to try out. You can find the hardware at diydecorstore.com.
1) Remove Dated Elements
First Steph removed the plastic inserts covering the garage windows. These had become faded and brittle. She thought the inserts gave the garage door a dated look so she wanted them out. Since she was not going to reused them, it was okay that they broke as she pulled them out. With them out, it really revealed how dirty the windows were. Bonus: having them out and the windows clean, brings in a lot more light into the garage!
Improved curb appeal starts with the smallest of details—cleaning! The garage door was in need of a good scrubbing. The garage was wetted down first to loosen and removed some of the dirt then scrubbed with a long-handled brush using Scott’s outdoor cleaner mixed with water. We rinsed the door down after every two sections so that the soap would not dry on the door as we are having unseasonable hot weather here right now. The wood framing was also scrubbed down.
The newly cleaned door revealed a couple of things: 1. it really needs a coat of paint as there is a bit of rusting and the original paint was not applied consistently leaving spots that look dirty, but aren’t and 2. there is no caulking around the outside of the wood framing of the garage—these are projects for another day though!
3) Add Decorative Hardware
The application of the new garage hardware was as simple as putting a magnet on the refrigerator! We used the neighbor’s house across the street as an example of where the hardware should be placed. We finessed the handles in the middle just a bit to determine whether they should be closer or further apart (closer!).
We also removed the flag pole holder after we noticed it needed to be painted. A quick spray of Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze made it look as good as new.
We lifted the garage door just to check if the hardware interferes when the door is open, you can see here is doesn't.
You know, we tried out both sets of the new hardware, and even though we thought we knew which one we would like, we are undecided. Help us decide by leaving a comment below. A or B?! Do you like the window inserts removed or did you like it better before?
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Please note: We are not sponsored by DIY Decor Store. We were given these two garage hardware packs to try out. All thoughts and options are our own and based on our experience with the product.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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Melanee Lisa Davidson
2/21/2017 09:04:20 pm
LOVED this project! :-)
2/22/2017 09:51:10 am
Thanks Melanee :)
2/23/2017 10:47:12 am
I actually didn't mind the window inserts. I prefer A. Nice job
2/25/2017 03:18:22 pm
2/23/2017 11:38:50 am
Prefer A, handles match the side decorations.
2/25/2017 03:18:52 pm
3/3/2017 02:39:24 pm
I say "B" - larger and more noticeable. I tried taking out my inserts, but they were "holding in" the windows - one of the panes fell out, and I barely caught it in time!
3/7/2017 04:44:30 pm
Wow- that's good to know. My inserts were probably 20+ years old so they easily broke and came right out. The sun here in Florida had really made them brittle.
3/31/2022 09:40:31 pm
Liked the magnet hardware for the garage door. Where do you buy the hardware?
4/1/2022 08:40:26 am
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