Instant garage door makeover {faux carriage doors}

I’m always looking for easy exterior updates to make our home stand out from the rest. When you live in suburbia many of the houses can look similar — but there are so many ways to add some character and beauty without spending a ton of money.

This easy garage door update does just that! I’ve done this a couple times over the years and I’m always surprised at how much it really changes up the doors.
I loved our garage doors with their gray and white paint and trim:

But I knew this easy addition would make them even more beautiful.
You can buy metal garage door accents that give it a Craftsman or carriage door look, and they are super easy to install! Our home has a modern Craftsman exterior so I knew they would fit in beautifully.
I had to use hardware you attach with screws on our doors: 
Dark gray and white garage doors with trim

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Most of the sets I’ve found come with two handles and four “hinges.” 
At first I only had one set of hinges up on the top trim, but I later added the set at the bottom and it really completed the look:
Craftsman garage door metal hardware

If you don’t want to drill into your doors there are magnetic options that are even easier to install! I bought a set of magnetic garage door accents at first but realized that the trim on our doors is wood, not metal. Oops.
They don’t interfere with the operation of the doors at all. Most have a rust resistant coating that holds up great outside. The set I put on our garage doors at the last house has been up for eight years and haven’t rusted at all!
Here’s our garage door at the old house before the hardware detail:
updating plain garage door
This is the set I found for only $10 at the hardware store: 
metal garage door hardware
That exterior had a cottage look and I knew this would look great! At first I was going to tape them up to see how I liked them, but the tape wasn’t holding, so I just drilled them in. That was stressful.

But don’t be afraid! It will be worth it! 

They are really good quality — nice, heavy metal and I liked that the screws came with black heads to match:
DIY carriage door hardware
I just love how these look!: 
DIY carriage door hardware
If you want to keep going, you can add another carriage door detail with faux windows on the panels across the top. I’ve seen people paint it on, or you can use these magnetic faux windows. When they’re on they really look like real windows!

It’s not a huge change, but on a street of plain garage doors, yours will stand out!
easy exterior update with carriage door hardware
I love a simple and inexpensive update! Have you tried changing up something on your garage door? Added hardware or painted it? Anyone tried those faux windows? Do tell!

There are a ton of magnetic options! This one is only $12 and this magnetic hardware is $17.

This set isn’t magnetic but it’s enough for two garage doors
Here is a set similar to ours for less than $20 that you drill in
This DIY landscape lighting tutorial is another exterior update that will make your house look way more expensive!: 
DIY landscape lighting tutorial

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