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Easy Way To Instantly Improve Curb Appeal – How to Paint a Garage Door

If you are looking for an easy way to instantly improve the curb appeal of your home, consider painting the garage door! It’s a simple way to refresh the exterior of home. Here’s some helpful tips for painting a garage door.

If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve been working on giving the exterior of our home a little facelift with a brand new paint job. After we got the new exterior paint on the house and finished the trim, the old dingy garage door stuck out like a sore thumb.

PHOTOS: Before Painting the Garage Door

Before painting the garage door, it was dirty and grimy from years of caked on dirt.

Even though we wash layers of dirt and grime off of the garage door with a pressure washer, it was still riddled with years of yuck that was never going to come off.

Before we painted the garage door, it was dirty and grimy, even after pressure washing.

Before painting the garage door: a dirty, old white garage door soiled with years of grime.

Painting our garage door is an easy way to instantly improve curb appeal of your home. We chose to give our exterior a refreshed look with a simple white garage door in the same color as our trim. Alternatively, you can paint your garage door the same color of your exterior paint color and even an accent color (like I did with my fun front door color!)

Update: See below for a video about how to paint your home’s exterior!!

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The process of repainting a garage door - a garage door half painted with a fresh coat of white paint with text overlay that reads

9 Tips for Painting Garage Door:

  • Be sure to give your garage door a nice cleaning before starting to paint. We used a pressure washer to clean the entire exterior of our home before we start painting (one of the 9 things you need to do before you paint the exterior of your home). If you don’t have a pressure washer handy, you can give your garage door a good scrubbing with soap and water before painting garage door.
  • Choose a warm day when painting garage door. It’s best to paint on an overcast day if possible. Avoid painting garage door in direct sunlight.
  • Use a 4 inch roller make it easier to paint in the smaller nooks of the panels of the garage door.

Using a paint rolled to apply a fresh coat of white paint to a garage door.

  • Put a grid in the paint bucket. This allows you to get more paint on roller, so you can work faster.
  • I recommend using a high quality exterior paint, like the Behr Marquee line, which required only one coat of paint for us. A high quality paint will also be more resistant to fading and stains. We also didn’t need to use a primer because the Marquee line is a paint + primer.

A large bucket of Behr Marquee Exterior paint sitting on the driveway in front of the garage.

  • If you’re only painting garage door, a quart should be enough paint if you’re using a high quality line that requires one coat. When in doubt, one gallon of paint will be more than enough.

A garage door half painted with a fresh coat of of white paint.

  • We painted the trim the same color as the door, so we didn’t have to worry about this. But if you are going to paint the garage door trim a different color, paint the trim first and let it dry fully. Next, use painters tape to cover the trim before painting garage door.
  • Lay down a drop cloth below you while painting garage door to protect driveway from any spills or splatters.
  • Open up the garage door shortly after painting. This will help the panels not stick together as they dry. Leave the garage door open while it dries.

Are you ready to see our painted garage door transformation?

Remember, here’s what we started with. An ugly, grimy garage door…yuck.

A pair of photos showing the before and after of painting a garage door.

And here’s what it looked like when we were all done painting garage door.

Two photos showing the before and after transformation from painting a garage door with a fresh coat of white exterior paint.

What a dramatic exterior transformation, don’t you think?  It was such an easy way to instantly improve curb appeal of our home.

A freshly painted white garage door, with drop cloth and large budget of paint sitting on the driveway.

A pair of photos shows the dramatic transformation from repainting a garage door with fresh white exterior paint. Text overlay reads

What color would you paint your garage door??

Let me know in the comments below!!


Source List for Painting Garage Door:


Ready for more exterior painting tips?

Check out this short video to see us painting garage door in action and for some other helpful painting tips. For more videos, check out my videos page.

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How To Paint Your Garage Door

How To Paint Your Garage Door

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $50

Wondering how to paint a garage door? Painting your garage door is a quick and easy way to improve curb appeal for your home. Here's what you need to paint a garage door, plus painting tips!

Instructions

  1. Clean garage door.
  2. Paint smaller nooks using the 4 inch roller.
  3. Paint the trim.
  4. Leave the garage door open while it dries.

Notes

  • Choose warm day to paint.
  • Put a grid in the paint bucket.
  • Lay down a drop cloth below you while painting garage door to protect driveway from any spills or splatters.
  • 4 thoughts on “Easy Way To Instantly Improve Curb Appeal – How to Paint a Garage Door

    1. I’m sooo going to do this in the summer! To simple not to..have you considered using black paint to make a row of faux windows ? I’ve seen this and am considering trying that too! Thanks for the boost yours looks great !
      Denise B

    2. I’ve been thinking about painting our old-ugly garage door. Now I will after reading on how to. I will be using the same color as the house trim, it has just been painted last year.

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