Paint Your Garage Door For Increased Curb Appeal

The great thing about paint is that it not only adds a fresh look and burst of color to the inside of your home, but it’s ideal for your home’s exterior, too. If you’re interested in changing the look of your home’s exterior but aren’t sure where to start, consider painting your garage door for an instant update and an added boost of curb appeal.
Picking A Color
As with any paint project, you’ll want to start by selecting a color for your garage door. If you’ve thought about painting your front door (or already have), keep the same sort of color guidelines in mind. Sure, you could opt for a bright, lively color, but don’t stray too far from your home’s existing palette–and keep the aesthetic of your neighborhood in mind, too, if applicable.
Green, red or a glossy black are all ideal hues. Or you could opt for a crisp white, or something else in a neutral shade. Various shades of blue could work well, too, as long as you steer clear of any Smurf-inspired hues!

Painting Tips
Your painting strategy will depend on the type of garage doors. For metal doors, clean them with a hose or power washer before starting. If the doors are rusted, using a scouring sponge and a strong detergent to remove the rust before you paint–this will help the new coats adhere better to the door.
Apply the paint using a wool roller or a spray gun. You can apply a primer first, too, although it isn’t necessary if the doors are clean and you apply a couple coats of paint.
If your garage doors are wood, similar steps apply. Clean and prep the surface before painting. Depending on the doors’ condition, you may want to sand them.
And whether your doors are wood or metal, opt for latex exterior paint instead of an oil-based variety.
Would you consider painting your garage door? What color?

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  • Sarah S

    That Bob Vila product uses a chemical called pyrethin. From wikipedia:

    ” Care should be taken when using this substance around humans and animals. Overdose and toxicity can result in a variety of symptoms, especially in pets, including drooling, lethargy, muscle tremors, vomiting, seizures and death. Toxicity symptoms in humans include asthmatic breathing, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, headache, nausea, incoordination, tremors, convulsions, facial flushing and swelling, and burning and itching sensation..

    Pyrethrin is extremely toxic to aquatic life, such as bluegill and lake trout while it is slightly toxic to bird species, such as mallards… Natural pyrethrins are highly fat soluble, but are easily degraded and thus do not accumulate in the body. These compounds are toxic to bees also.”

    Sounds like an irresponsible use of chemicals to me, although I do hate mosquitoes more than just about anything.

    • Sarah – thanks for pointing this out. In some cases there is no free lunch so to speak but when it comes to clearing bugs there are a lot of different options and we also agree that it may be better to seek non-toxic alternatives.

  • I wonder if it works better than those awful 1970s blacklight mosquito zappers?

    • As awful as those light zappers are its always so fascinating to just stare at them while they zap away!!!

  • This is a great idea. Especially if the garage door matches the front door of the house.