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Ugly Garage Door Be-Gone! Carriage Door Tutorial!

16 March 2010

Thanks to Randy of Capelli Design Group, the project we've been waiting for is here!

If any of you Dallas/Fort Worth locals would like to have this done for you, while you sit back and relax, please contact Randy his email is randy@capellidesigngroup.com.

The before is below:

I have been scheming of ways to to make my garage doors into faux carriage doors for a while, but our friend Randy did it first! That makes my life SO MUCH EASIER!!   Luckily, he and his wife took a ton of pictures too, so that we could feature it on the blog.   And, I KNOW you all wanna see how it is done, well, here you go!

We have worked very hard and have spent a lot of time creating this tutorial! This project may not be reproduced on any blog without receiving Remodelaholic's written permission before posting. If you receive permission, you may use the finished garage door image only, and link back to Remodelaholic for the tutorial. No part of the tutorial may be copied except for personal incidental noncommercial home use. If you build the project, and post about it, please link back to the instructions on Remodelaholic. Thank you.

(for a 7' x 16' door)
4 sheets of 4 x 8' outdoor groove board
Pine 1 x 6 (plus any wider segments you might need)
(Length according to design and panels on garage door)
Liquid Nail adhesive
Self Tapping Screws
Decorative Hardware
Garage door opener Springs

Circular saw
Miter saw or handsaw and miter box (to keep cuts straight)
Jig saw or reciprocating saw
Caulking Gun

**The space that is left at the top of the door in order to be able to operate, can be covered on the door frame (the actual wall portion of the opening) with an extra piece of case molding.

Remember that this could work for single garage doors too.  And whatever design you love best you can try to imitate.  Look for the carriage doors that you love, I sketched a few random options out, cause I like to sketch, no they are not perfect but you get the idea right?  Good.

Cost Breakdown:
Lumber $250.
Stain $30.
Hardware $75.
Tension Springs $140.
Total $495.
Congratulations you just saved yourself 
about $6,000 dollars, AT LEAST!

(*Hey locals -to get the installed price with labor please contact Randy)


Brushed By An Angel March 16, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

This is beautiful. And your tutorial is amazing. How sweet of you to provide this info to us.

Lafe's Hidden Treasures March 16, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

A great project, thanks for sharing all the details. Have a wonderful Tuesday! http://lafeshiddentreasures.blogspot.com/

kimberly March 17, 2010 at 1:03 AM  

I just found your blog from U-create and love it! I just spent a couple of hours tonight going through your past posts and will definitely be a follower now. Thanks! :-)

Arlene March 18, 2010 at 12:24 AM  

How funny that I found this, I want to do a carriage door on my little one car garage. I have one question, with the crossbars..my garage door kind of rolls up..can't explain it..not sure how those crossbars work, does your door roll up? Does this question even make sense? LOL...

Natalie March 18, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

OH MY GOSH! I wish I had a garage so I could do that project. lol. I might have to talk my parents into letting me revamp theirs. WELL DONE!

Remodelaholic March 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM  

Arleen, How many horizontal sections do you have on your door. Randy, who did this project had 4, so it sort- of folds up as it rolls.

If your door actually rolls into like a curl, then you would probably have to accomplish the look with paint... Maybe you will have to send me an image of your garage door,

Debbie (Meadowcrest Cottage) March 22, 2010 at 5:28 AM  

Wow! I have a carriage house but it has just regular stock doors. I love this idea.

Kaysi March 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Wow!!! You have to stop, you're making my "to do" too large :). I'm husband won't be very happy, hehe :). Anyway, so awesome!!! Do you live near Kansas because I really want you to come to my house and show my your skills, you're amazing!!


Caroline March 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

Oh my goodness! Great job! I love the carriage style garage doors. They are incredibly aesthetically pleasing. I just wish I had a garage to try this out on...


Amy @ peppertowne.com March 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

Wow, that looks like a lot of hard work, but it definitely paid off, they look great!

Steph March 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

Very impressive. Thanks for sharing the tut...maybe one day we'll get to do our garage doors.

One Cheap B*tch March 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Coming over from My Frugal Family. Finally a post I can share with my husband! I'm bookmarking this one - thanks for sharing!

New follower!

Scribbler March 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

Incredible! To think I used to live in that area...


Maridith March 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

This is an awesome tutorial and your garage doors turned out FABULOUS! I bet your nieghbors now want some.
I sent this to my husband and he loved it but had one question. We have an older house with older garage openers. How do you determine if your current opener can handle the extra weight?

Thank you!

Our Lives March 24, 2010 at 1:37 AM  

Wow! I think I might have found my blog of the year here!. Your 5R's (I am working on my 4R's) in your header went straight into my heart! I have this weekend saved to read through your blog posts. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work of the garage door re-facing. I came here from Amy's AP Tuesday.

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom March 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Wow! What an accomplishment! Your instructions are so thorough too. Very very inspiring. Good for you :)

Marianne March 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

That is one detailed tutorial. So easy to follow. I love the way your garage doors ended up even though it isn't my style. If I ever end up owning a garage I might try my skills on decorating my garage door and when I do I will let you know.

Sherry March 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Well that is impressive! Curb appeal galore! Nice job.
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.

Lanie Ree March 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

Wow, this looks amazing! I am wishing I had a garage right now.

Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Lori March 25, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

WOW! This is wonderful!

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party. Don't forget to stop by and enter my giveaway. I'll announce the winner at next week party!

Sarah Jane March 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

That is amazing! Seriously looking at your pics I wouldn't have guessed that you put this on your existing door! Great job! I love it!

Room to Inspire March 26, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

This is amazing! I just love these garage doors - and what a huge impact for a low cost. Great project! Thanks for linking it up to Be Inspired this week.


Gay Vaughan March 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

Amazing as always! What a transformation. Thank you so much for bringing your hodgepodge to the party! I love seeing what you are up to...and hope you will join again!

jenjen March 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

That is just fantastic! It looks wonderful. You are truly amazing!!!!


The Little Red Shop March 26, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Beautiful thank you! Our handyman is working on our front porch door right now! The old door was very mangled and rickety...and he's refitting the space with a beautiful, at least 100 year old, door I rescued from the cellar of a house my mom and I moved. I definitely need to "back date" my carriage house and barn doors too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

Funky Junk Interiors March 27, 2010 at 12:07 AM  

Amazing difference! I'm surprised the wood isn't too heavy for the garage door opener. LOVE the new look!

Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden March 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM  

Wow! What a huge impact is has on the front of your house!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

Tricia March 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

This is fantastic! I am going to include a link to this post in my Inspire My Saturday Post today. Thanks so much for sharing.


TidyMom March 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

AWESOME!! this is just beautiful.....I wish I had a garage!

Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Hope to see you again this week!

Kristi Flanagan April 1, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

Wow - I want garage doors like that - wait, I want a garage! LOL! Thanks so much for planting your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Come plant another seed on Friday and sign up for a give away! =0)

Punkin Seed Productions

simplydesigning.blogspot.com April 3, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

BEAUTIFUL! I love it!!

Thanks so much for linking up last week.

Be sure to link up on today's link party too!

david May 10, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

marvellous and great tutorial - very useful resource - thanks for sharing

Joseph March 23, 2011 at 7:22 AM  

LOVE IT, I thought od doing this for a while now. The only thing that kept from doing it is I was worried about springs and a new opener. What do you think that will run me? How many horse opener and what type of springs. I have a 2 car garage door. Thanks, Joe

Remodelaholic March 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

Hey Joseph, THe cost break down is listed at the bottom of the post, but I will copy it into this post.

Good luck, I would love to see pictures of this if you try it.

Cost Breakdown:
Lumber $250.
Stain $30.
Hardware $75.
Tension Springs $140.
Total $495.

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