When we bought our 1970’s Ranch Remodel we knew we would have to buy new garage doors. The existing wood garage doors were cracked and broken. We wanted wood garage doors that would break up all the black paint on the house and just add something really interesting. Statement garage doors!
Garage Doors Before-
We love the driveway! The previous home owner, and only home owner, was a Stone Mason and owned a Quarry. He did really beautiful stone work. We can imagine the love and time it took to lay each piece of this long driveway. We wanted the garage doors to play off of the driveway and the rock on the home.
Garage Doors After-
My eye goes right to the doors and the lights! Let’s get a closer look at the doors…
Garage Doors Before Stain-
Garage Doors After Stain-
Not going to lie, I didn’t like the stain at first. I told our painters the night before, I just want a clear polyurethane to protect them, not change them. I wanted the doors to look basically how they looked when they arrived. Came back early the next morning, to check before they started. They had all the doors done! It was not a clear polyurethane. They talked to a stain expert and he had suggested what they should use. It was SO orange and red when they first apply it, I was freaking out inside. I was still kind, but they could tell I didn’t like it. I told them we could just wait and see tomorrow, maybe the color will tone down in a day.The other option was that we could sand the doors back down to their natural state and start over.
We did sand down a section just to see what happened with a clear polyurethane and it still turned them the same color they are now! The painters were right in the stain they had chose. I didn’t realize the wood was Western Red Cedar, so they will always look a little more reddish (the doors do come in Mahogany too). Happy with what they look like now! Especially with our copper accents!
I’m so excited to share the rest of the house soon! We are still waiting for the Copper Penny Rain Gutters to come in. That will pull in the copper and the color of the garage doors through the rest of the exterior!
Garage Door Details-
- Spanish Style Custom Wood Garage Door-in Western Red Cedar
- Stain– Mes Mer’s U.V. Plus- applied with a roller than used a stain brush to get in cracks
- Polished Copper Light– 18 inches wall to center socket with 16″ Polished Copper Shade
- Planters– these are a rubber planter with built-in drainage
- House Paint– Wood siding is Black Top from Benjamin Moore (we are painting the trim around the garage in Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams)
Lisa McCracken says
Brooke! This is amazing! I am loving watching all you are doing to this home to make it yours, yet respecting the heritage of it. The driveway is gorgeous and I feel like you can really see the detail more with the new garage doors! Amazing!
Love the garage doors…ties everything together so nicely! Amazing transformation and so fun to follow along.
Brooke Rowe says
Fabulous!!! I’m in love!!
Can you specify what plants are in the planters and will they be staying the planters? I was going to buy boxwoods but was told they would not last in planters and they are better in the ground. I live in Colorado. I am looking for plants that can last outside during the winter in planters. I figure width Utah and Colorado being similar climates, what you have will work. Thank you! Love everything you do with your home.
Paula K says
Wow, Brooke, I love your new garage doors and those beautiful lights! Wonderful job! I recently looked at the HGTV 2021 Urban Oasis house and it immediately reminded me of your cape house and your style. I think they have been reading your blog and getting ideas from you! Check it out.
In the high Utah elevation and hot sun the doors will continue to orange out. It is a UV rays issue. This is why so many mt homes look orange even though a duller stain was used.
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these doors do not get the full sun. and we used UV protection stain
Thank you for sharing your whole process, start to finish, including the frustrations. It’s refreshing when a blogger doesn’t just share the rainbows and unicorns parts of a remodel. It’s a true roller coaster! ❤️
D Williams says
Happy mistake ! These doors add drama and warmth.I think the neutral color would have just been lost .Kudos to you for waiting.
Carrie Peters says
Love your garage doors. Can you share how they installed the wood? Are they heavy because of the wood? Thank you 😊
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They installed them as one big piece, like any other garage door. They work on the track system too!
Kayla Berry says
I absolutely LOVE this!! Always amazes me what you come up with!