Silver Lining | Our Garage Design

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  • Bring garage doors from bland to beautiful

    Just as I was preparing to move forward with the mudroom, removal of a couple walls & hardwood floors, I must have been daydreaming, because I backed into my garage door! Oops! The silver lining is that weather strip was not replaced, which resulted in rusting, so it would have had to have been replaced in the next year or two regardless {it pays to maintain!}. The unfortunate part is that we have 3 doors & I want them to match. While I try to determine if we repair, replace or just hideaway, I thought I’d share my long term garage design plans!

    We have a side garage, which you don’t see from the street looking onward, but is the first thing you see when driving down the street. We minimized it by painting the garage doors the same color as our house. The brown & yellow contrast just didn’t work for us ;). I thought I would be happy just letting it be for a year or two, but clearly, subconsciously, I was not.

    As we face the decision of trying to repair or replace, I started scouring the internet for garage doors. I LOVE solid wood doors with beautiful windows, but to get ones that are done well costs nearly $10,000. Similar versions can be significantly less expensive, but they just didn’t appeal to me. Honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the investment. Instead, we’ll continue with our original plan – beautiful lighting, a trellis & potted plants to add character.

    Exterior lanterns for garage

    Prior to my incident, I was planning to order these lanterns in antique copper today for the patio & garage. Currently, the exterior of our garage has 4 lanterns, but I can’t even think about spend that amount of money on the garage. Rather than purchase 4 fixtures, I decided to purchase two thoughtful fixtures that will only look more beautiful with time. The corbels of the trellis will cover where previous fixtures were hung.

     

     

     

    Adding charm to your garage

    You may recall this image from when we purchased our home. Though very different, it still serves as inspiration. We plan to add a trellis to minimize & the 3 car garage. It’s currently very flat – this should add a lot of architectural interest. Aren’t the corbels in the image below gorgeous?

    Beautiful corbels for a garage trellis

    I’m also looking forward to adding copper drains, but I may be wishful thinking! I love the idea of taking something unappealing & making it a decorative statement. I’ve seen it a lot on older Tudors & find it charming.

    Bring garage doors from bland to beautiful

    Finally, some potted topiaries between each door will complete the look so we can forget the entire “incident.”

    What do you think?

    Julie

    Image credits: Things that Inspire | Traditional Home | The Lettered Cottage

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