Sunday, June 5, 2011

DIY Trellis Over the Garage Door

What a great weekend!  beautiful, sunny, warm, just what Summer should be.  I even got a little sunburn on my shoulders while I was working my butt off.  For the last two weekends I have been working on a Garage makeover. 

A couple months ago my husband tore down an ugly "shed" that was built onto the front of the detached garage. It provided great storage but wasn't pretty to look at. 

ugly shed with corrugated plastic windows, very fancy.

Going, going,


Hubby tore out the concrete too, it was in rough shape.  See that black line across the front.  It's tar from where the old shed roof met the Garage.  Removing that was the hardest part of the whole thing.  I had to use a heat gun and a scraper to get it off.  Uggh!  It's hard to tell in the pictures but the original paint color is actually smokey blue. 

I painted the Garage Bonded Asphalt Gray in Satin finish from Walmart's Glidden line.  The trim is Oyster Shell also by Glidden.  I haven't painted the door yet.  I am going to paint it blue to tie in with the blue roof on the house.  I would really rather paint it dark charcoal but until we get a new roof on the house, blue it is.  

To make the Garage more interesting I built a Trellis.  I found a few inspiration photos from google images.  I didn't find any plans though so I had to wing it, but that's okay cause winging it's my favorite!

The brackets are made up of a 2 x 4 for the back, the top is a 2 x 8 and the support piece was cut from a 2 x 6.  The overall measurements are 25" x 25"  I built the brackets first then mounted them to the garage with screws.

* edited to include measurements.

Here's the measurements.  I eyeballed everything but I went back and measured for you.   The white dashed lines represent how I cut the shape out of a rectangular piece.  The top is cut from a 2 x 8. 

The angled piece is from a 2 x 6.  I started by cutting one end at a 45 degree angle.  The measured 12" and cut another 45 going the other direction.  Then I cut the points off at a 45 degree angle. Then made the extra notch at the bottom, then draw a curve.

Next I attached the joists (or whatever they are called) using 3" screws. I screwed in at an angle from above on the back side of the joists.  They are simply 2 X 6 X 12's with a decorative curve cut out of the end.  To get that curve I matched what I had done on the bracket.  

The 2 x 2 x 28" pieces finish it off.  They are attached to the 2 x 6's with screws from above.  I attached them after installing the 2 x 6's but in retrospect I would do it on the ground and have someone help me lift the whole thing into place.  Less work on a ladder.

The paint alone makes a huge difference but the Trellis makes me smile, I Love it!

We still need to replace one more fascia board but I couldn't wait to post so hopefully Hubby will replace that next weekend.   Then we need some gravel, some large rocks to build a rockery, then I wanna make a patio, then plant some much more to do.  The projects never end do they?  But that's the whole point right?!?

Have a great week!

Update- Garage Door is Painted!

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  1. HOLY MOLY! That is FABULOUS..I mean totally fabulous. Your garage looks straight out of Country Living now. Way to go with figuring it out yourself and give that hubby some sugar for all the hard work! JenT

  2. YOU DID WHAT!!!!!!! Girl you are amazing. Your trellis looks amazing. Your idea is amazing. It's just Amazing and I love it.

    This is so going in the to-do file! Now I want one.

  3. Makes a HUGE difference. What are you planning to grow on it? I love it.

  4. Wow!! That's gorgeous! Makes me wish I had a garage. Maybe I could do this on my shed though.

  5. Wow what a difference that made looks great

  6. I have always loved these over garage doors. Yours really gave personality back to this garage.

  7. Wow.... What an improvement! It looks awesome....and the "bling" is fabulous.

    Warm blessings,

  8. I love your trellis! It makes a huge difference! Thanks for sharing at The Shabby Chic Cottage! I hope I can make one someday for my storage shed.

  9. It's amazing!! It looks so good!!! It would put a smile on my face to drive up to that every day!

  10. That really does make a huge difference. I always wanted to build an arbor, but that would require digging holes and setting posts. This looks like something I could do. Love the garage color!

  11. LUV this, Mimi! Now I want one for my garage! lol! Great job with the transformation of that space, too! :)

    xoxo laurie

  12. Nice! My husband is definitely going to see this post):-

  13. Okay, listen, I will send you the tickets and you just need to come up here for a wee visit and I have a multitude of projects for you!!! You are amazing!!!

  14. Wow Mimi - your garage looks fantastic. I love the white work against the siding. This is very cool. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this last week. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  15. Mimi! I can't believe the difference this trellis makes! awesome job!
    catching you!

  16. CUTE amazing what a little trellis and paint can do! :-)


  17. Wow!!! That looks fabulous, I have a trellis almost exactly like this pinned on Pinterest that I want to copy! Fab work! I wish my 'winging it' worked out that well.

  18. Oh pretty! Just exactly what I want to do over my back patio door. The back of my house just seems really flat and uninteresting. I'm pinning for inspiration - thank you!

  19. LOVE it, totally hoping to copy it this summer for our garage....will send you a pic if we can get it done! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  20. Hey Mimi!!! It's Deirdre from Houselogic. I sent you another email about this project -- it included our photo permissions document. Can you respond when you get the chance? Thank you!!!

  21. I might need to do this to my garage door in Minneapolis. It made yours look very nice.

  22. Love your determination + creativity, and the projects it produces! I am going to attempt this project this Spring on our cottage - garage, windows, over entry doors. I think it will functional as it will keep out the harsh rays of the sun AND of course it will look fab! I get the plans, but this NVO (Not Very Often) DIY girl has a couple questions: Did you create the triangular supports and attach them together prior to attaching them the garage? And, I cannot for the life of me figure out how you attached the two 2X6's and the 2X2 pieces to the structure. I've seen other projects where they cut notches and they fit together like lincoln logs (showing my age, here!) I prefer not to make it any more complicated with cutting and fitting them together. I really appreciate your input and time! Happy Projects to, you!

    1. Hi Laurie, I wasn't able to respond to your comment via email because of the way you set up your account so I decided to edit the post to answer your questions. I've been meaning to add some measurements to this post so I went ahead and did that too. Hope that helps. Good luck with you project!

  23. Thanks for the tutorial, it was just what I was looking for! I searched google for an hour and finally found this plan. The measurements really helped. Thanks for taking the time to do this with such detail!


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