Painting your garage door is an inexpensive way to change up the look of the exterior of your home. With a can of gel stain, I was able to create a faux wood finish on our metal 2-car garage door.
Whenever my husband goes away for a long weekend I like to tackle a project to surprise him with when he gets back home. The last project I took on was the owner’s bedroom update. This time…a garage door makeover!
We’ve been working tirelessly on the interior of our home for the last year since we purchased it and with the weather cooling down it was time to take our projects outdoors.
Last December we replaced our front doors with beautiful wood double entry doors and built a modern horizontal wood fence this past summer. To keep with with the wood accent updates, I used a gel stain to mimic the appearance of wood on our metal garage door.
How to Gel Stain Your Garage Door to Look Like Faux Wood
You’ll first want to thoroughly clean your garage door with soap and water or a pressure washer. Once complete, wait until completely dry.
Before you start to stain, be sure the metal door isn’t too hot or in direct sunlight. The stain will dry quickly and you’ll want to be able to get the right wood grain effect.
Working in sections, use your chip brush to apply the gel stain in a horizontal direction. If your garage has squares, you can work in each individual square. For longer areas that aren’t broken up, be sure to make long brush strokes, feathering out at the ends.
This process will go rather quickly. The total time for completion will be around an hour or two. I just love a quick and inexpensive DIY with a huge transformation!
I love that some areas are darker than others which really creates a realistic wood grain look.
You can add magnetic accents to your metal garage doors. I used these window magnets, but there’s so many different options.
The total cost for this faux wood garage door makeover was around $40! Stay tuned because we have so many more projects planned to bring the exterior of our home to life!