My husband and I often love to drive through older neighborhoods in St Louis, admiring the homes that have been updated but still have some of the vintage charm in the details and architecture. One of those details that we both fell in love with, is carriage-style garage doors.
Craftsman style homes are one of my favorite styles, and the carriage doors really are quite charming, don’t you think?
This is more of a cottage style home, but the carriage doors fit right in here perfectly! They also have a sweet trellis above door so the vine can creep along… LOVE!
The only downside of carriage garage doors? The PRICE! While gorgeous, they are mad expensive.
So here is where I show you a quick and easy way to get the look for (much) less!
I spent $30 TOTAL on the hinges and handles, and about 15 minutes tops installing them. Easiest update ever.
This is what you will need:
-Set of garage door decorative hinges & handles
(I got mine at Lowe’s Millwork department, special order, free shipping, Delden brand, Blue Ridge style, $18 for hinges, $12 for handles)
-2 Drill bits
(I used 7/64″ and 11/64″ for each size of screw supplied with hinges and handles)
To start out, I figured out where I wanted to place the hinges. I didn’t want it too high and I didn’t want it too centered (vertically), so I chose right below the top row of square things and right above the bottom row of square things. So technical, I know. You love it.
So I held it in place and marked it, drilled it, then screwed it down. Pre-drilling made this so much easier!
For the handles, I chose to put them at the top, center of the 2nd row up from the bottom (still following me?). You have to be careful because on the inside, directly in the middle, is a bracket/hinge thing that is important not drill holes into. I placed them so the screws would enter exactly on either side of this center bracket/hinge.
I was worried that the handles would hit the top when opening, but it does not. So, don’t fret about that!
Look at what a difference it makes to the garage from afar!
But you aren’t quite done, so don’t walk off yet. You will notice in the little baggie of screws, there are these rubber cap things…
I didn’t know, so I called the manufacturer (they are local) and they told me they are used to cover the exposed screws on the inside of the garage!
I love the subtle charm it adds, don’t you?! And it was SO EASY! (Notice anything else different?)
The front porch got a little update too! I was given a little wicker love seat that I updated with some outdoor pillows and cushions from HomeGoods. Then I added a chippy wooden bench from an antique store, and put on top a little pot of blue hydrangeas! It looks much cozier and will work great until I can find a pair of wicker chairs to replace it with!
Just to remind you, this is what it looked like a few short months ago…
Operation curb appeal is well under way!