Ugly Garage Door Be-Gone! Carriage Door Tutorial!

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

Garage Door Update Tutorial 1

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!

Please remember, this blog is for entertainment purposes only. As with ALL of our free DIY projects and tutorials, be certain to read over the complete tutorial before starting a project. Build at your own risk and be smart, be safe. We will not be responsible for any injury or damage incurred while following a tutorial from our site. None of our posts should be considered expert advice; please consult a professional when needed, read all safety and instruction manuals, and take all safety precautions. All projects performed following instructions found on this site are done at your own risk. 

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.  Also be sure to follow the instrauctions, the garage door must be completely closed when attaching the wood, and do not skip the new spring step.  If you try this project you do so at your own risk.


Carriage Door Tutorial

(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)

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. How does the door withstand with the changes in temperature? Any problems with the door shrinking? Swelling?


    1. Hi Abe,
      Since this isn’t our garage door, I can’t tell you from personal experience, but you can click over to our guest’s blog (linked at the top of the post) and ask there for more information. Thanks!

  2. Of course, you DID replace the springs because the correct IPPT (inch pound per turn) for the door was calculated at the doors original weight. I didn’t see the added cost for that though. They usually go for around $250 to $400 for a set for a 16×7 residential door. And it goes without saying that you should definitely hire a trained professional to change them out. nice job look though. is it quiet?

  3. Does anyone know how to contact Randy? His email is no longer valid. I would love to find someone in the Dallas area to do this for me.

    1. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if he’s still in the area or doing the work. We don’t have any additional contact info.