Easy Garage Door Upgrade

By March 05, 2015 , , ,

Get the carriage look for less without having to put holes in your garage door.


So they sell these magnets that are just vinyl silhouettes of garage door hardware, which go me thinking… of course.

Garage-Door-Hardware-MagneticI took a standard garage door hardware kit (that I scored on clearance to boot) and modified them to be magnetic for ease, and since I didn’t want to put holes in my door.


Garage Door Decorative Hardware Kit
Small Bolt Cutters (Harbor Freight's worked fine)
E6000 glue
Neodymium magnets (the extra strong kind, you can also find those at Harbor Freight)
Hammered Spray Paint
Safety Glasses



First we need to  paint the top of the screws and the hardware pieces. Spray the screws by sticking them upright on a piece or cardboard or Styrofoam.Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-002

Then it time to cut off the back side of the screws using your bolt cutters. The head of the screw can bounce off very far, so please wear full safety goggles and cut into a box to trying catch the flying pieces.Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-017  Garage-Door-Hardware-Magnetic-023

Next glue the screw ‘muffin tops’ into the holes of the hardware using the E6000 glue, if you have too much glue, acetone works well for clean up. Working on wax paper was also helpful.

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Then glue the magnets to the back of the hardware, off set these from the filled screw holes, the number of magnets you need will vary based on the size of your magnets.IMG_4527

Pop them on to the door, and ta dah instant upgrade.


You might have to push them back into place every once in a while, but it’s easy. Make sure you ‘pull’ them off, if you slide them you’ll scratch your garage door.


Note: I put these up 7/13 I’m finally blogging these 3/15 and they still look fabulous, and I haven’t even had to readjust some of them!

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