We took on a big DIY garage door makeover by removing the paint and staining the wood. It was worth the work!
Work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Rosevelt
If you don’t know, we have purchased a fixer-upper home and are on a tight budget so that means lots of DIY projects.
Now, don’t you just love projects that show an amazing project that seem to be done in a mere couple of hours?
Sorry, this is not one of them.
This project took F-O-R-E-V-E-R!
Our garage door had 700 million layers of paint (no, I am not prone to exaggeration) and there was NO budget for a new door.
The first thought was to power wash some of those layers off….and you may have guessed, it didn’t work.
Long story short, some of the wood was coming off in the process or the paint just wouldn’t come off.
Next up, sanding, peeling, scraping, heating, pleading, begging…
The results are the payoff. And all this sweating and hard work will be worth it. Chalene Johnson
All in a few hours right?
DAYS AND DAYS AND DAYS….sorry folks! (Well, we do have jobs, school, Oregon weather, etc)
Sometimes there is no easy workaround.
DIY GARAGE DOOR MAKEOVER – FILL & STAIN PROCESS
We, The Mister, decided taking off the panels would be the way to go….good idea.
The bad part is we didn’t decide to do the bottom one first so taking on and off was FUNNNNNNNNN! Live and learn!
It took about a month and a half (again…sorry!) and we had this:
GARAGE DOOR MAKEOVER SUPPLIES
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- Filling in the holes with wood glue – Elmer’s ProBond Wood filler
- Staining – Behr Weather Proofing All in One Wood Stain
- Painting the Bolts –Valspar Outdoor
UPDATE 2020 – The garage still looks good. We may have some touch-up staining to do in the next year or two, but so far it’s held up really well. Oh, and did you notice we did some landscaping? You can read about that here: Increase Curb Appeal with Landscape Lighting.
MORE BUDGET-FRIENDLY POSTS
Here are a few more posts of updates we have done to this home:
- Under $500 Thrifty Kitchen Makeover
- The Building of Our DIY Walk-In Pantry
- Dining Room Makeover -On a Budget
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