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. >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!

  2. >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.

  3. >Wow! What an accomplishment! Your instructions are so thorough too. Very very inspiring. Good for you 🙂

  4. >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.

  5. >No worries–we can call this the glamourous extra edition of my linky party :)!

  6. >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.

  7. >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!

  8. >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!

  9. >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.


  10. >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!