When planning the renovation of the exterior of our home, we always intended on using some type of recycled timbers to re-face the garage door. So when the exterior was finally finished, we walked around Carmel by the Sea for a little inspiration. Here are a few of our favorite garage door styles:
|Aren't these climbing roses gorgeous!|
With inspiration in mind, Tom did some sleuthing and found a resource for recycled barn wood and gray board. We took a road trip to Vintage Timberworks in Temecula, CA. They supply old timbers for many different uses, but we focused only on the gray board we would need for the garage makeover and barn wood for a few other projects.
Their showroom looked like it belonged in Carmel by the Sea. No wonder we liked this place!
Beautiful beams, doors and floors are made from the vintage timbers.
The showroom was really beautiful, but it was time for us to catch a ride to the yard to pick out our timber. Someone actually picks you up in a golf cart and takes you out to the timber piles. I was so busy hanging on I couldn't take a photo!
They also have their own mill on site and can cut and customize timber and apply specific finishes to your liking. There are so many choices available. Tom was in heaven here!
These close up shots show the rustic detail of the gray board and the barn wood we were interested in. All of these old timbers are recycled from old barns and structures, many from the mid west and along the east coast, so they are very distressed and have such a beautiful rustic look.
There are stacks of wood timbers available to choose from. We plan to use the barn wood on a few other projects and will use gray board only on the garage door.
Tom picking out some of our timbers.
and my favorite....the gray board! It was all so beautiful. We kept digging to find the most distressed pieces. These are some of the timbers we brought home. They are the most perfect shade of gray...really beautiful. I can think of several other projects where I will be using gray board.
Before we left, we had them cut these 2 inch gray boards in half, so they would be the perfect size to re-face the existing plywood on our original garage door.
and here is the finished project!
|and our 19 year old cat "Raja"|
Tom did a beautiful job. I wanted the door to look like it was two old doors, and I think he nailed it! No pun intended:)
a close up so you can see the rustic detail
A couple of wrought iron pulls complete the look
Just for fun... here are the before & after photos