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I say it all the time – big changes can be made on a small budget.

Plain garage doors before makeover

Take our old garage doors. They were old, plain and boring with no character. But this DIY project took me 15 minutes and about $50, completely transforming the look of our garage door and our entire home’s curb appeal.

Garage door before (plain) and after (with decorative decals)

You would never think they’re even the same doors, right?!

easy garage door makeover with magnetic hardware

The most amazing part is that these are plastic magnetic hardware accents with magnets on the back. You take them out of the box and attach them right to the doors.

A close-up of one of the decals that looks like a metal fastener

The magnets are pretty strong, and as long as they are positioned correctly (not too close to the edges or where the doors bend apart when opening), they won’t budge.

The upgraded garage doors with black vinyl decals for windows and plastic hardware attached with magnets

The faux windows are also magnetic but just little vinyl squares that you attach to make a grid. Up close, you can definitely tell that they’re not really windows, but even from just a few feet back, they look realistic.

Close-up of four black vinyl rectangles grouped to resemble window panes

I’ve never spent much time prior to this staring at our garage doors.

A double garage with the new vinyl decals (representing windows) and plastic hardware

Now I’m just so in love with them! Mind you, all this staring and oohing and ahhing has made me notice just how badly our house needs to be painted with a fresh coat of paint.

A double garage with black vinyl decals (representing windows) and plastic hardware

I used two different kits to get this look:

This simple and quick garage door makeover idea has made a big impact on our home’s exterior. The faux finishes give the doors a high-end look at a fraction of the cost. If you want to enhance your home’s curb appeal without spending hours of work or a lot of money, this is a great way to start.

Adding new hardware and decorative hardware like this can make a big difference. The new doors look so much better than the original doors.

Consider this diy project if you’re looking to improve the look of your garage door. You can achieve a major impact with just a little bit of elbow grease and the right materials. It’s amazing how new garage door elements like these can refresh the look of your home.

Next on my to-do list: painting the entire house and maybe exploring some other garage door makeover ideas!”

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  1. Mary C Craven says:

    My neighbor did the garage door hinges and it’s perfect with her house being a red brick colonial. My house is sort of ugly 70s Brady Bunch. I’m going to see if I can find something to match the 70s!
    Mary Craven

  2. Omg that looks so good!.. thanks for sharing that!

  3. They look great! Great udeal

  4. What a great transformation!! They look awesome!