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Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Garage Door

Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Garage Door

As a homeowner, every aspect of your dwelling and how you showcase it matters to you. Much like your interior entryway, your home’s exterior will create a first impression on guests, neighbors, and eventually, potential buyers. As such, maintaining your curb appeal and keeping things looking their best is an absolute must, and that includes everything from landscaping to the garage door. Now you might think, “Why does the garage door matter if it’s just an entryway?” Your home is a complete unit, and if anything draws negative attention, it needs a facelift. Here are some affordable ways to spruce your garage door to complete your home’s exterior appearance.

Freshen Up With a Wash

There’s nothing better than a clean slate! With a power washer, clean the door of any dirt, grime, or debris that could dim your entryway’s shine. If you plan to stain or paint the garage door, give it time to dry for a few hours or even overnight.

Stain or Paint Your Garage Door

Whether you choose to stain or paint the door, check out a few DIY tutorials to ensure you’re doing it correctly. You’ll need to apply additional layers with either option, so remember to wash your door and let it dry beforehand to save on time. For wooden doors, remember to sand before you add stain. You don’t want to forget the primer when starting any paint project, either.

Add Hardware To Boost Aesthetic

Now that the doors are clean and looking fresh, it’s time to build the aesthetic. With barn doors and farmhouse decor trending, maybe you want your exterior to reflect the same theme. You can purchase and install affordable hardware kits to add elements of that fun Southern charm.

Keep It Fresh With Seasonal Themes

Play with the seasons by adding decals and decor to your garage door. They might not be permanent fixtures, but they add excitement and keep your home relevant to the times. For example, a wintery display of lights will keep things merry and bright, while cobwebs and Halloween decorations will bring the right amount of spook to the neighbors.

Don’t Shy Away From Greenery

When it comes to plants and natural adornments, one of the last places you’d think to adorn is your garage door. But planters can actually add life to your driveway with their natural attributes!

Add Faux Windows

If you’d rather avoid hassling with the costly expense of adding real windows to your garage door, consider adding faux ones. The most cost-effective options are magnetic and vinyl decals that are easy to install. Spend as much time as you need on the installation, as the tiniest misalignment will be noticeable from afar.

Add Insulation

While most wooden doors are natural insulators, some metal garage doors come without insulation. Don’t skip out on insulation batts when preparing for harsher temperatures.

These affordable ways to spruce up your garage door will help you tie in the façade’s entire look without having to worry about replacements. In just one weekend, you can take a drab door and transform it into a trendy entryway you’ll enjoy seeing every time you come home.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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