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Monday, July 2

Quick House Update with White Paint!

It all started with the Garage Door. I had pulled into the driveway and did not like the matchy-matchy brown of the door with the house. On several of our walks we had seen other homes with nice fresh white garage doors. It made the house color stand out. Our house really needed some updating on the outside. Since we have a new baby at home though, projects must be quick and easy. I got the bug to go purchase some paint and update the front of the house.

Before painting the garage door

Before the door matched the house and nothing really stood out, but our front door. Our house blended in with out yard really really well. I guess that is kinda our fault because we always forget to water the yard in the summer time. Thanks heavens for Oregon rain to water it in the Fall, Winter, and Spring time! :)

After painting the Garage Door
It took about 4.5 hours to paint the garage door. I did three quick coats, 30 mins to paint, and about one per hour with an hour to dry in between. I used a roller on a handle, and one paint brush. I was big on convenience, so I used an old paint brush I could just throw away.  This was a super cheap project. Home Depot was running their paint sale, so I got a rebate on all of the paint. All told I only spent around $60 to update the front of the house! That is a deal to me!


  • Put plastic down under the garage door before you start to catch an drips. I did not and have a couple of spots of drips. I put it down after the first coat and it was  a big help!
  • I did all the trim with a brush and used the roller for the centers of each square.
  • Make sure to open the garage door a couple of times and in between coats so nothing dries to the frame.
  • Take breaks to let the coast dry.
  • 2 Buckets of Behr Paint and Primer White Outside Paint. We used semi-gloss to help with dirt stains.
  • 1 2 inch Chip Brush
  • 2 Rollers
  • Roller Brush with Handle
  • Paint Tray
  • Tarp or plastic to put down under the door