Sunday, April 21, 2013

PAINTING YOUR GARAGE DOORS TO TROMPE L'OEIL BARN DOORS TUTORIAL

PAINTING YOUR GARAGE DOORS TO TROMPE L'OEIL BARN DOORS TUTORIAL  

 Yesterday a blogger emailed me and asked me some questions about the trompe l'oeil garage doors that I painted.  She said that she looked into the price of purchasing wooden garage doors and they were very expensive.  I made some suggestions about painting her garage doors and
 I want to share that with you.
     This blogger saw my doors featured on another website and gave me the link.  Selina at Creative Juices Decor posted about garage door makeovers and said some very, very nice things about my blog and my work.  Thank you so much, Selina!!
     And, here is a link to her blog about garage door makeovers:   CreativeJuicesDecor
These are the trompe l'oeil garage doors that I painted.  
They're the ones Selina mentioned in her blog.
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And, here is a link to my post:
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So, this is what I told the blogger who emailed me:  

"I do understand about the price of the doors. I think that was the reason my client asked me to faux paint her's.
If you don't know how to do a "woodgrain" look, I think you could just paint your doors a medium or dark brown. To make the hinges and handles (and your windows) my client showed me a photo of how she wanted them to look. I drew them on a piece of paper then traced them on the doors and painted them. If you paint a black or dark line down the middle of your garage door that should make it look like two doors. If you use exterior paint your work should be very durable. The only problem could be if they have direct sunlight shining on them.  
So, if you paint your doors and add hinges and handles I think they would look like wood doors from the street."
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                           So to you, just in case you want faux wooden garage doors:


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I mentioned windows because she wanted windows at the top of her doors.  She could just draw them, trace them on the doors and paint them.
You can add anything you want to paint on your doors.
I have seen quite a few wooden garage doors in certain neighborhoods and they look dark and stained and have hinges on them. That's why I think you could paint the doors whatever color, add your painted on hardware, windows, etc. and that, to me, is trompe l'oeil.  At a glance from the street or from someone just passing by it might fool them into thinking they are wooden doors.
If you use exterior paint and it fades a bit that might be good and make them look older.  The good thing about just painting them is, if they get scratched you can touch them up with your saved can of paint. 
If you paint your doors, have fun!!  
Remember it's just paint and you can start over.
Would love to see photos if you paint your garage door.
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 This is how I painted mine at mi casa.
This is my garage door.  I painted my sweet ol' Mr. Smith and some pots of flowers. 
See the kitty door in the middle of one of the flower pots.
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44 comments:

  1. Wow, it is hard to believe these aren't wood carriage doors! They look amazing...such a creative idea and they turned out beautifully!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. Oh my word, this is totally amazing. I would swear they were wood carriage doors. Great tutorial. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Thank you, Marty!! It was quite an experience to get them right!

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  4. Very Impressive!!! I would have thought they were very expensive wood doors. They look great!! Your garage is adorable!! Would be easy to know which house is yours when you are giving directions!

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  5. LOVE! That's all I can say. Just LOVE! You did an incredible job, girl!!! Wow! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  6. Looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  7. love it so very rustic and charming
    come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!! I visited your blog and it's very nice and lots of information.

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  8. Great job on the doors Lynda! I love what you did with your own too. The "kitty door" is adorable :) Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  9. Thank you! I painted my Mr. Smith on the door and that's his real kitty door. He used to sit right by his painting, almost in the same pose.

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  10. WOW! That's amazing! I would love for you to share this at Give Me the Good link party, 1 party with 5 blogs!

    http://www.marriedfiling-jointly.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-link-party-5.html

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    1. Thank you! I visited and joined your linky party. Thanks for the invitation!!

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  11. Wow!! Those faux carriage doors are incredible! I love them!

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  12. Thank you! It's fun to drive by that house and see them from the street.

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  13. Gorgeous! They look so real! I really need you to drop some talent in the mail and send it my way!

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  14. Thank you so much!! Wish I could, but I think you have talent you don't know about, yet!

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  15. The doors are awesome! Pinning it for when the time comes and I need to know it! Thanks for sharing at Frugal Fit Family Friday Linky Party! Have a great weekend

    www.leahinspired.com

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    1. Thank you!! Good information to save and I LOVE Pinterest!!

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  16. So very cool...you are one talented lady!
    Love the carriage doors. :)
    Have a great weekend!
    Kelly

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  17. Well thank YOU lynda for becoming my newest blogging friend!! You are so talented and I was happy to feature you :-)

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    1. It was a very neat experience and thank you for the feature.

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  18. Great job on the doors. The handles look so real.

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  19. Wow! You're so clever and talented. Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you again tomorrow ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. Thank you!! They look good from the street. I pass by there, once in a while, and love looking at them.

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  21. You do a marvelous job! It is always a fantastic option to faux paint what you'd like - great tips and I appreciate you sharing with us at Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much!! I agree with you and faux painting is a good and artsy option.

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  22. Lynda, you are truly a delightful artist. The doors look so authentic. One would never know it was paint Thanks so much for sharing your talent with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Thank you!! From the street, I don't think you would know the difference.

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  24. Your garage doors are so adorable and I bet the neighbors love them! They make me smile just to look at them.

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  25. Thank you! Yes, people like them, especially the children.

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  26. You do such beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing this stunning project at Simple & Sweet Fridays!

    Jody

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  27. Wow! Those look amazing. It's amazing what a little paint can do huh? They look so authentic. Thank You so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Happy Friday!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you! I do love paint and working with it. Happy Weekend To you!

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