Monday, June 3, 2013

Garage Entry Door

Hello!  I've been busy lately getting things done from my project list.  I just love crossing things off of lists.  :)

I've painted most of the doors in my house, but I still had 2 left to do.  You can see how I painted my interior doors hereherehere, and here.  And the french doors herehere, and here.  I didn't use any fancy colors, just plain white, but it truly made a difference with all the doors.  Everyday, I still look at them and think what a difference a fresh coat of paint did to brighten up the place!

So, 1 of the last 2 doors I had left to do was the garage entry door.

Here is a "before" picture.   Unfortunately, with the wall & door placement, these are the best pictures I could get using natural light.  It's a bit hard to tell, but you can see the color difference between the door and the door's casing (the casing was already painted the brighter white a few years ago).

Here is a good "before and after" of other doors in the house since they are side by side.  The door on the left got a fresh coat of Ultra Pure White by Behr (off the shelf) and the door on the right was the original color from when I moved in.  It looked like a very dingy white.  This is a good example of the color difference because all of the doors in the house were this dingy color.

It was very, very obvious that whoever painted this door previously, didn't let it dry enough before closing the door.  A lot of the paint had ripped off the door & stuck on the weatherstripping.  I didn't want the same thing to happen this time, so before I starting painting, I got a piece of yarn and tied it to the door knob and to the metal rack so it would hold the door open.
Side note:  the lighting in my kitchen looks pink/red, but it's not really that color.  It's weird that it turned out that way in the picture.

I sanded down the parts of the door where the paint had come off from the previous paint job.  I did as much as I could, but didn't put great effort into it because this door stays shut all the time, so no one will really notice it.  When I painted the new white, this is how it looked.
The perfectionist in me really had to resist fixing it, but it was a lot better than before and at least it's not as noticeable as previously. 

I let the door dry for over 24 hours and haven't had a problem with the paint ripping off or sticking to the weatherstripping at all.  Here's a before & after of the door after it was painted.

It's only a slight difference in the picture, but you can really notice in person how much brighter the door is now.  It doesn't look so dingy and dark in that spot anymore. 

Next up...the front entry door.  Stay tuned...


  1. Looks great!! I'm sure that really brightens up that area having a nice, bright, fresh looking door ;) You're rocking with these home projects!!

  2. Our garage entry door desperately needs to be repainted. What is it about that door attracting so much dirt! I've seen some other folks suggest painting it a dark color, like black, since it gets so much use. Haven't decided yet, so it's still on my to-do list. Yours looks so fresh and clean in white! I'm visiting from the 36th Avenue link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    1. Same here - that door was so filthy!
      I LOVE black doors! That would look wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. It's amazing the people don't take the time to do things right the first time. All your effort paid off, the door looks much better. I'd love if you'd come share at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  4. What a refreshing and pretty change -- definitely worth your time and you did a great job! I hate painting doors and trim, but oh, the difference it makes.

    I have a couple painting projects coming up myself! Would love to have you visit me sometime @!

    1. I have officially painted all the doors in the house (except the exteriors) and you're right - it really makes a big difference. Painting doors is definitely not the most fun thing, but it's much brighter in here now. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

  6. Sometimes it is just the little things that drive you crazy isn't it?

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on garage, basement & outside organisation this week, Alice x

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Alice! I've linked up to your link party. Thanks!

  7. Nice! This turned out wonderful! Last weekend, I initiated my own diy garage project. I decided to renovate my two garages turning them into the ultimate relaxation and recreation areas I always dreamed about. I envision these spaces with carpeting, 70 inch flat screen HD televisions, arcade machines, and a couple of pool tables. I can't wait to see the end result! I'm going shopping for some garage kits this weekend!

  8. I have been telling my husband for a year that doing this exact thing would transform our laundry room. Your pictures are really quite clear, despite the pink kitchen!!! Kidding!!! Going to show him before and after so we can knock out this project this weekend. Thank you for the excellent pictures and for giving me that little push to get this project behind us.

    Machelle Ledoux @ Total Garage Repair


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