I don’t imagine I’m the only one who has a garage door entry that looks like this. Good. Glad to hear it. What’s even worse is that this is the entry that 97% of my guests use. The remaining 3% includes solicitors and 9-year old boys just banging on the door. They don’t really count.
So, I grabbed the bull by the horns…errr…the door by the handle and decided it needed some sprucing up.
Notice the mud-stripping on the walls?
I had some extra paint left over from my mudroom, so I thought, “Why not even it all out?” Just because it’s a garage doesn’t mean it has to LOOK like a garage, right?
The best part of all this? I spent $24.88 on the boot rack. Everything else was free!
Oooooohhh, love the new look!! Love the numbers, too! Great job!
great,i should try that too!!..hope you had a nice long weekend…
Hi there! I just have to tell you that I LOVE your blog! I get SO many great ideas from you! We are moving soon and I plan to put some of them in action! By the way…love the bathroom!
Love, love the fix for the door! Thanks for sharing your ideas.
Beth Ann says
The transformation looks nice!
Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says
From ewwwww to Oooooh (and, honestly…It wasn’t THAT ewwww).
Weren’t you a productive little Bee this weekend!
Love it! It’s enough to look fabulous but still feels like a casual, practical garage entry.
Did you freehand the numbers or stencil?
To The Moon and Back says
WOWZA! Love the transformation. Now if only I could get all the stuff our of our garage!
Awesome!!! I so, so wish that we had an attached garage! We barely have an entryway by the back door. I need a shoe rack or something like this. This looks wonderful!
julie & joe says
It looks so nice! I like the door painted black and the numbers.
Wow!That looks great, good job!
dotti white says
I absolutely love the way that you went outside the box and jazzed up that entrance to your home. It will make you feel good when you come home, too! Did you cut the vinyl letters on a cricut?
Magic Brush says
I finally painted my garage door last year. Wish I had done orange or red or something… I did brown. Hides dirt well tho. Looks great!!!
I love it and now I’m inspired. That would be a great place to put shoes and such. Hmmm… Thanks for sharing, you did a great job.
That looks amazing! You did a great job!
I like this a lot!
Great idea to spruce up the garage! It looks awesome!
Michelle Hoad says
did you work so hard that you rewarded yourself with the Miller lite? Cause it’s not there in the after shots? 😉
Kimm at Reinvented says
Oh my gosh, what a FABULOUS transformation! I love it. Where did you find that boot rack?
The Un-Organized Mom says
Love, Love, Love it!
Lori E says
Hi. My first time on your site and I am very impressed. You have great taste and are very creative.
If those pictures lead you to announce your giveaway, then I’m HOPING that it’s some of those fab numbers!!
It seriously looks AMAZING! And I’ve really never seen such a clean garage. Does that mean you also actually PARK in there?? 🙂
You ROCK!!! Can you come spend your summer with me and help me get my place in order? I teach too so we will be off together! LOL
It looks great! I like the black door with the numbers…very nice touch!
The entry looks awesome. I would love to know about your numbers too.
wow!! looks fantastic! love that you put your house # on the door. also love the hooks for coats, bags, etc.
It looks marvelous! You have inspired me to look at my garage entry door, to decide how to make it more visually appealing. Even if it is just family that uses it, who better to spruce it up for?
Sweet Caroline says
Why have I not ever thought of this? Brilliant! Of course!
It looks fantastic.
Looks great Chris!!!
Smart Mommy says
Our garage would need a lot more help than that to look presentable. I also have an award for you.
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says
WERE YOU IN MY GARAGE?? Umm, if the house numbers weren’t different, I swear this would be ours. Oh, and add about fifteen trillion piles of crap. But otherwise, it’s ours!! Oh, dang you, you are giving me ideas!! I wanted to add the numbers to the door but already have a Welcome on there, but now I can do it! DANG YOU!! (Fist shaking in the air.)
Rainy Day Farm says
Wow! I would never have thought to spruce up the garage door, but Wow again! That looks so great. I have to show this idea to my hubby!
I looks awwwwwwesome!!!!!! I love jazzin up places that people don’t expect it!
Love love love it!!! Did you spray paint the door? If not, what kind of paint did you use??? I am soooo doing that to my ugly garage door!
Farmgirl Paints says
Oh my goodness. I definitely have to do this asap!! Love it:) Did you use a stencil?? Did you have to prime the walls or just paint them?
Gotta love a girl who will even decorate her garage! It looks great and I love the black door/number combo. I’m currently painting our front door black (to put it out of it’s horrid purpley-brown misery.) Can’t wait to see what you’re giving away! Yeah! Free stuff :).
Oh I love it!!! I hope I can find some time one of these days to start decorating again, it’s been way to long!
seriously! who are you? how do you sleep at night with such lovely ideas and what muscle tone you must have from fulfilling these ideas! now i’m going to have to get inspired to work on something- is this the way this “blog thing” works? LOL Looks outstanding and my DH says you get an A+ on perfect lines. xo
Charmaine @ randalswife says
Love the makeover!!
Lady Dorothy says
That is fantastic!
Wow, ou rock at taking things that one one extra step. I wouldnt have thought it needed sprsuing 🙂
Wow Chris…that looks gawwwgeous!! You clever thing!
M.L. @ The House of Whimsy says
I am awe-struck and IN LOVE with the white No. job you did on the door. It all looks so classy now. Way To Go!!!
My name is PJ. says
I am totally going to do this! I have wooden stair in my garage and I’ve been wanting to paint those too. I smell a summer project…after our addition is completed. Thanks for the inspiration!
You are a genius! This is such a great idea! I’m going to do this to my garage entry, complete with the numbers. Thanks for the inspiration.
It all looks great, but those numbers on the door are my favorite part!! LOVE THEM!
I have decided that you are my hero. Seriously, I love your blog, and love all of your ideas. I can’t believe how much you get done in your house….it seems like you are always finishing a project! Good for you! LOVE the garage transformation….
Boo and Hooties Mom says
It looks great…I so need to do this. We always use our garage as an entrance!! Love the Guinness…no garage is complete without it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Holy cow! That’s amazing! Funny…I was so excited about my garage….but only because we put up shelving units and taken a whole truck load of stuff to the dump (and goodwill). Our dogs make it so that we can’t have anything nice outside. Blech!
I L-O-V-E this! I would love to hear the details!! I need to paint my door TODAY!!! Was this hard to do??? I love the letters on the door too! can’t wait to hear!
Such a great transformation! I love the door!
Very, very cool! I love the address right on the door. I’m thinking that might good for my front door. Great idea.
Restyled Home says
Now I really feel guilty…my garage is such a dirty, dark secret that I open the door, scream, and quickly slam it closed! I have been trying to get the courage up to tackle it, and I think you have just inspired me.
Did I mention that I am still in the thinking stage…??!! It truly scares me!
I have said it before, but one of my favourite things about your blog is how you write with such humour. I opften find myself snorting with laughter after reading a post. I suspect I am not alone…!!!
WOW~ what a transformation! Thanks for sharing your pics, ideas and helpful tips! I’m new to the blog world and I’m excited and SO inspired when I visit your site! THANK YOU!
It looks fabulous! No matter how many times I use paint I am still always amazed at what just a little of it can do for a space!
Hillcrest Acres says
Oh how funny. I’m in the process of sprucing up my entry into the house from the garage. It was driving me crazy because it was so “worn” looking and we use this so entrance so much. Yours looks absolutley perfect. Thanks for the inspiration. You’ve made me want to get back out there and finish my painting. I think it’s been over a week since I put the first coat of paint on the door and steps. I’ve been looking for a new shoe rack. May I ask where you found yours?
Thanks for sharing!!!!
Dream Mom says
Great transformation. Love the paint on the walls and the black door. Of course, now I want more! I’d love to see a black/gold runner of sorts on the stairs and maybe the coat rack painted black (the white part painted black not the hooks).
I live in an apartment and the garage has those awful walls that aren’t painted. Drives me nuts. Glad I am not the only one!
Oh my gosh, that’s such an awesome transformation! The after looks like somethin’ straight outta Real Simple. Kudos to you!
how did you do the letters/numbers?
Momma to Bug says
Wow, that is an amazing transformation! Did you paint your entire garage or just that wall? Either way, it was a brilliant idea! Very inspirational too…
Great Job!! I may have to take this idea, especially with the black door. (My front door is black also). There is so much dirt, and the door looks terrible. Thanks for the idea.
I just love this transformation! The door is lovely in black!
Really? People use your garage entrance? You must have very friendly neighbors due to those awesome gifts you bring them. They just assume you are all best friends! I keep wanting to do something like this but with construction going on (um, at a snails pace) for the basement our garage is more of a disaster zone, not ahhhh welcome and come on in. Yours looks fantastic though! Love your rack (the BOOT rack, Chris. The BOOT one!) 😉
Denise C. says
What a GREAT blog! You have such SIMPLE ideas that make such a LARGE impact!
I ADORE the numbers on the door! Did you paint them freehand?
Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says
The paint made such a huge difference. I absolutely love it!
ST. MICHAEL'S WIFE says
Love, it, girl! I’m inspired! I’m going to do that number thing on my FRONT door!
That looks amazing!
And you are right, a garage doesn’t need to look like a garage…and yours look fabulous!
Danielle and Clint says
LOVE IT! What a cute idea for the numbers. Great color.
Great job!! love it!!!
Mrs. Trixi says
It looks great. I need one of those boot racks. We just have boots everywhere, what a great idea.
You’ve inspired me… my garage door can’t even be posted online (It’s that bad). I think I’ll paint my door too. Now what would I do with all my “stuff”? haha
love it! I can’t even walk into my garage right now since we just moved, but hopefully mine will look half that good one day!
I’m delurking just because I had to say “the best part of this makeover is that you didn’t have to drink the Guiness to do it.
oops I’m at
I’m not sure I’d get away with painting the door … hubster seems to like white with scuff marks all over it but we did finish off the walls with tecture and paint.
Looks great! I’m going to post pics of my living room (hopefully soon) and I hope you give me some in depth pointers … I just love your decorating sense. 🙂
The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says
If only my husband would let me do something like this! I spent a chunk of yesterday cleaning and vacuuming our garage because it’s just awful (and he could care less). He is quick to remind me that’s his territory so I know for a fact there’s no way I’d get away with a lovely look like this. Love it btw!
I would love to redo my garage like that!!! LOVE IT!!! You must share, where did you get the numbers, or did you stencil them? They look fabulous!!! I love the look of everything you did!!! Now I must put that on my list of things I want to accomplish this summer! 🙂
Does the $24.88 include the Guiness? 🙂
Seriously fabulous! Ohhh the numbers! Love it all.
I love your new entry way! Can’t wait to see your giveaway!
Jennifer Juniper says
Take that picture of your entryway and add about 100 shoes and it will be mine. I need to get to work…
Thanks for the inspiration!
Great job! I am going to paint my garage walls soon! My husband just painted the dirty, stained concrete in the garage and now it looks amazing. He used concrete stain and speckles. You might want to do this too when you have some money for renovations. I just posted about this on my blog: http://www.carmiewest.blogspot.com/
Jodee Leader says
Wow! Way to go! I love your garage makeover!
Wow! Great makeover! You’ve inspired me! 🙂
Melissa Miller says
Chris how did I miss this?
I completely agree.
Every room can be a haven.
Why not is right? 🙂
Love that door. I am going to have to try this at home!
Tiaras & Tantrums says
this is totally cool – my garage has so much crap in it and around the door I would have to to major moving around!!
Oh my goodness, I love it! I never would have thought of painting my garage door, but now I must! Thanks for the idea!!
I love it! Did you sand your walls down before you painted them? I have some extra paint too and I would love to paint my garage this summer! 🙂 Erin
hey! Thanks for getting back to me! 🙂 I showed my husband! 🙂 looks great! Erin
You are killing me over here. PLEASE tell me youu are out of school and have nothing but time on your hands!
Lil' Woman says
Great transformation esp for a garage!:)
Gorgeous , simply gorgeous .
wow they are fantastic!!!
thanks for such a generous offer 🙂
It definitely looks more inviting and welcome now.
I love it! And plan on doing it to my door. Like, it seems to be the main door into my house.
Teeny Bows says
i would also like to know where the vinyl numbers come from! and did you use your favorite black paint on the door, or was it something different! your blog is so great and i keep coming back to see your new ideas!
I’ve been an admirer of your site, and all the great ideas you have. I used this same paint to paint a table for my son, after seeing your dresser project a few years ago. After finding another half gallon left from the project and seeing your beautiful door, I am so inspired to make mine pretty too. Where did you find your numbers, or are they some you cut yourself. You are truely an inspiration to everyone! And I always smile when I see your new projects. I hope you had a wonderful time with your brother in New York, and NO you should not feel guilty about leaving your family for a few days. I would give anything if I could spend even one day with my brother. He died of Melonoma 9 years ago last Christmas Eve. Cherish every moment you spend with him.
MaryEllen Dolan says
So glad I stumbled upon this entry–three years after you did it. I’ve been contemplating sprucing up my garage entryway too and this gave me the impetus to do it. I like the hooks and shoe rack. Assuming it’s a metal door–did you use oil based paint? One of these days I hope to start a blog and inspire people like you do.
MaryEllen Dolan says
Hi Chris – Thanks for your reply. I used a latex indoor/outdoor sutiable for metal. I chose Navy Blue which came out more like a Royal Blue but I love it. Should have read the directions and used a primer. I did do 3 coats and it could probably use another but it looks so much better than it did. As I put the first strokes on I realized I didn’t take a “before” pic–darn it!
Lauren @momhomeguide says
Great transformation! I hope to transform a part of my garage (which has a side entry) into a mudroom, so our main entry area (which leads into our living room) doesn’t get so dirty!