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Your Garage Door Should be Beautiful Too!

As part of the never-ending garage makeover, I knew I wanted to make the door into the house more welcoming.  Since it is the door people most commonly enter I wanted to spruce it up.

Originally the door and woodwork was white and had never been repainted in the entire lifetime of the house (it also had brass hardware but I spray painted those suckers within minutes of moving in):
But because it was a high traffic area, 20 years of wear and tear were definitely showing:
 Once the walls were fixed and painted, it only made the door look worse:
 My inspiration was a black door and so I decided to go for it.  I used Benjamin Moore's Super Spec Enamel in Gloss Black (the stock color.)  Super Spec is designed to not require primer, and to be pretty heavy duty (which is a necessity on a door that sees this  much wear and tear.)   In fact, it is considered an "industrial grade" paint which may be overkill, but better safe than sorry!  It can also be applied directly to metal, which makes it a perfect choice for doors.

 Of course, it got worse before it got better and the first coat looked pretty bad:
 But I soldiered on.   I also painted the trim the same color as the built-ins ("Ikea White") since they are side by side and there is no other trim in the garage.

 I also wanted to add numbers to the door, and although I could have added store bought ones the way I did to my front door, for this entry I wanted something a little more whimsical.  So after finding a font I liked, I wrote out "No. 64" and traced it directly off my computer screen onto white paper. 
(Clearly I don't have a Cricut machine or I would have cut out vinyl for this project)  After tracing the numbers, I shaded the backside of the paper with pencil.  Since I could only find colored pencils at my house (of course.. eyeroll) I used those. 
I cut them out and taped them where I wanted them and traced over them with a ballpoint pen:
Remove the paper and you are left with the outlines:
 I used the same white paint I used on the trim and filled in the outlines with a fine watercolor brush:

Beautiful no?  I LOVE IT!  And now you will always know where you are! 

I thought I would share a tiny sneak preview of the upcoming big garage reveal. I am almost finished painting and organizing the storage area, which is the last step in the plan

Looking great isn't it?  I can't wait to share the entire garage. You won't even recognize it!

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