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. >Beautiful thank you! Our handyman is working on our front porch door right now! The old door was very mangled and rickety…and he's refitting the space with a beautiful, at least 100 year old, door I rescued from the cellar of a house my mom and I moved. I definitely need to "back date" my carriage house and barn doors too!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. >Amazing difference! I'm surprised the wood isn't too heavy for the garage door opener. LOVE the new look!

    Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  3. >Wow! What a huge impact is has on the front of your house!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

  4. >This is fantastic! I am going to include a link to this post in my Inspire My Saturday Post today. Thanks so much for sharing.


  5. >AWESOME!! this is just beautiful…..I wish I had a garage!

    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Hope to see you again this week!

  6. >Wow – I want garage doors like that – wait, I want a garage! LOL! Thanks so much for planting your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party! Come plant another seed on Friday and sign up for a give away! =0)

    Punkin Seed Productions

  7. >BEAUTIFUL! I love it!!

    Thanks so much for linking up last week.

    Be sure to link up on today's link party too!

  8. Now that the door has been up for a couple of years, how is it holding up? I’m wanting to take this project on at my home. Is there anything you would have done differently? Have you found that other components (opener, hinges, etc.) have experienced premature ware and tare? Any info would be great!

    1. Also, wondering:

      1.) How is it holding up?

      2.) Did you calculate the extra weight issue – or did you just know that it would be ok?

      Great job.

  9. Nice DIY.

    You should make a note in your description for anyone attempting this to check the motor rating if automatic door. Most motors will burn out faster with the added weight.

  10. Inspired and now in the planning process – how thick is the groove board and is it rough or sanded? I was thinking about just using 1/4 in oak or maple smooth plywood, but I think I like the grooves. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Sean! This tutorial is from a guest, so to get the best answer to your question, you’ll need to visit their blog (linked up at the top of the post) and ask there. Thanks!