For the past few years I’ve wanted to add something a little “special” to our garage doors. They just seemed so boring. A couple weeks ago I finally spent some time putting my plan into action and created some faux windows to our garage door. Here is the “before” photo, our boring garage door has been this way since we moved in 8 years ago.
A year or so ago, I read a post from Melissa at Silhouette School how she used vinyl to update her garage doors. When I saw her at a conference a couple months ago, I asked on their status and she said that the vinyl was holding up well and that she still loved how they turned out. I knew that I needed to get my butt in gear and finally cut some vinyl for my garage door.
Faux Garage Door Windows
Really, this project is super easy. I measured the panels on my garage door, then accounted for a 1″ border to create the 4 “panels” on my windows. I cut out each of these rectangles on my Silhouette Cameo. I have to say that the roll feeder is a lifesaver when it comes to cutting large projects like this. My final project was over 6′ long!
In order to apply it centered and straight, I put a strip of 1″ blue tape along the outside of the raised panel and then put a vinyl window panel in each of the corners. I forgot to take a photo of this step because I was in a rhythm of putting up all my panels.
I absolutely LOVE how my garage door turned out. From a distance it is hard to tell that they aren’t real windows.
This project was so easy to complete. The only materials were some Orcal 651 vinyl and blue painters tape. The panels took approximately 10 minutes to cut and about 30 minutest to apply onto the garage door.
Brad said that seeing the texture up close was a little weird on the windows; but agreed that really the illusion is for the people who are seeing our house from a distance. What do you think? Are you ready to add some faux windows to your garage door?
Kathy E, says
These faux windows really made a difference to the look of your home! Brad is right about the texture up close, but it’s the appearance from afar that counts, right? Great job and awesome look!
Deb-It's me, debcb says
Those look amazing! What a great project!
Wow – those look awesome! What an easy and affordable upgrade!
Jessica Holoka says
What an awesome idea for an easy home upgrade! It turned out great!
Lisa Heath says
Such an easy way to do that and I love the end look!
This is such an awesome idea!! I would have never in a million years thought it was possible, but you did it. It looks so real too! Great diy!
This is such an awesome idea. What an awesome way to give your house some extra curb appeal without spending a fortune!
Kathy penney says
Those look great! I love all the things you’re doing to your house!
Charlene Asay says
That is a great idea. Rather then spend the money to buy a new garage door. I love it. We hope to see you at Family Joy Blog Link Up party this week! http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2762
the cape on the corner says
crazy what a big difference that makes!
Rachel O. says
When the garage is the focus of your home like that (right in front!) I think it is important to have something to catch your eye, so it’s not so plain and boring. I like this look! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup!
Malissa - Southern sawdust says
Great idea and what an easy upgrade!
Lisa Silfwerbrand says
Oh my goondess Kendra, those faux windows look amazing! I wouldn’t have thought it but they really do make a huge difference! What a brilliant idea. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block past last week. You are one of my Features this week over at http://www.recreateddesigns.com. Hugs, Lisa
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Cool up-cycle idea. Love how they turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.
Our garage is tucked round the back of the house so I don’t think I’m going to rush to make it look fancier but as yours is right there at the front it looks great. Makes a big difference, the texture thing is not going to be noticed by anyone except those up close in the daylight so whose worried about that! (apart form Brad apparently!)
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
I love the way these turned out! I don’t have windows on my garage either so I really want to do this! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday. I hope we see you again tonight!
Julie Briggs says
Clever idea, and it really breaks up the big white garage door. Thanks for sharing #HomeMattersParty
Love this idea. Makes a huge difference in curb appeal. I will be featuring this tomorrow night at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pickup an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
Wow that looks great! Such a good idea!
That is such a cool idea! I never would have thought to try this.
can you do the same thing to the sun roof in your car
Kendra @ www.joyinourHome.com says
Love the character it adds to your garage! Would love to do it to ours! Thanks for sharing at our party!
Angie ~ ambient wares says
Holy cow! Such a clever idea and they look real! Thank you for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday!