May 13, 2013

Garage Door & Front

Over the weekend I painted the garage door. It was starting to look really shabby - dingy with cracked and peeling paint.

I scraped and sanded it, then put on 2 coats of flat white exterior. It looked a million times better. I also got out the can of “faded yellow” paint that was left for us by the previous homeowner for the garage and painted the front peeling cinderblock next to the door. Now the view of the garage from the house is so much nicer!

Here you can see a clear sample of the color difference between the old door and the fresh white paint. The tie on the handle (for shorter people!) is the old color... it’s so dingy compared to the new. (The white specks on the driveway are bits of old dried paint I scraped off, not drips.)

For the rest of the peeling garage, I’m in a pickle. I don’t think there’s enough paint to do it. I thought that maybe I could just cover the peeling patches, but the paint in the can is actually a shade darker than what’s on the garage. I think the existing paint was bleached lighter by all the direct sun over the past few years. The eaves also could use another coat. Since I am not a big fan of the yellow... if we run out, do I buy another gallon of a color I don’t love? Or should we consider painting the garage a different color? Is it even okay to paint the garage a color that doesn’t match the house?


  1. So fresh and nice! How much of a pain is it to paint around windows! I learned a cool trick painting my inlaws french doors last week. Any paint that gets on the glass can just be scraped off with a straight edge razor! I used a scraper, it worked awesome. I like the yellow garage:) I would get more of the same color;)

    1. Thanks! I love that trick too! We were able to use it on some of our interior windows. The previous owner(s) were very sloppy painters. Unfortunately the garage windows are plexiglass and scratch... I just have to live with the old smears for now.