3 Simple Steps To Make Your Garage Door Look Like Wood For Cheap

Over time, a garage door can become discolored, faded, and dirty. However, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a new garage door just to give your garage an update. Here's a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to make your metal garage door look like wood for just under $30.

1. Power Wash Your Garage Door 

First thing is first -- your garage door will need a good washing. If it's been a while, you may need to hire a garage door repair professional to power wash your garage door as opposed to using your garden hose. Getting your garage door as clean as possible before starting this project is key to making it look its best when you're finished. 

2. Grab a Quart or Two of Gel Stain 

Gel staining is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to "paint" your garage door. The stain goes smoothly over metal, and needs just one or two coats to look like wood. Choose a dark brown gel stain for a dark, bold look, or go for a lighter oak color if you want to brighten up the area. One can of gel stain costs less than $20 and you'll likely be able to stain the garage completely in just a few hours after it's been washed, making this a perfect weekend project. 

3. Use Smooth Strokes and Stain One Panel of Your Garage at a Time 

The secret to getting a gorgeous look in just one or two coats is to use smooth strokes when applying the gel stain, and going in the direction of the door pattern. Stain one panel or section at a time, and then move on to the next. Complete the first coat and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying a second. However, one coat may be enough to get the look you want. 

When updating the aesthetics of your garage door, it's also a good time to check to ensure that it is working properly. A "sticky" door that doesn't go up and down smoothly, or a door that doesn't close all the way may need to be repaired. Check your garage door springs, your electronic keypad and the airflow under the garage door when it is closed. If you notice any physical issues with your door while you're staining it, contact a garage door repair professional to have your door updated so it looks and works great.