You open and close it and pull in and out of it every day, several times a day. However, despite how often you use your garage door, you probably take it for granted; as long as it opens and closes, you don't really give it a second thought. Well, maybe it's time you started to give your garage door the attention it deserves; after all, it takes up a pretty big chunk of the exterior of your home, so it only makes sense that the way it looks has a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home.

If your garage door is covered in chipped paint, is rusted, or is otherwise unattractive, here are some simple inexpensive DIY fixes that will give your lackluster garage door the visual appeal it deserves.

Window Trim

Does your garage door have windows? If so, turn them into the focal point of the door by installing some window inserts. Most home improvement stores carry an array of inserts that are designed specifically for garage doors. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors; for example, you could install inserts that have a simple grid pattern, creating the look of several panes in each window, or you could pick an insert that simply frames each window, giving them a more defined look.

Dress It Up With Wood

The look of wood, that is. Wood stain will instantly transform your fiberglass garage door, making it look like you replaced it with real wood. Sand the door to create a rough surface that the stain will adhere to. Next, wash the door with a hose and then wipe it down to remove dust and dirt. When the door dries, apply your stain and when it dries – voila! – you garage door will look like wood.

Paint It

A can of paint can do wonders for your garage door. You could simply paint the entire surface in a solid color, or you could get creative with the paint to turn your garage door into an eye-catching focal point. Some creative suggestions include

  • Using one color to paint outline each panel and painting the inside of the panels another color; green for the outline and blue for the interior, for example.
  • Creating a pattern with different colors.
  • Don't have windows? Use paint to create faux windows.
  • Paint a mural.

You don't need to spend a fortune to give your garage door a fresh look. With these inexpensive DIY projects, you can breathe new life into your garage door in a weekend. For assistance, talk to a professional like Door Systems Inc.