Who: Kim Vela
Where: Littleton, CO
Moxie Measure: How to get the look of swing-out carriage-style wood garage doors when your budget only allows for steel overheads? With paint, of course. Or so thought this young mom, who tried in vain to get a pro to faux finish her doors with a raised-panel-and-cross-buck motif. When none were willing to take on the project, Kim resolved to do it herself. After trolling the Internet for step-by-steps and refining her design and color palette on a sample panel offered up by the garage-door retailer, she seized the precious hours when her twin 2-year-olds were napping to work on her doors. The project took about five months, but the results are so realistic, even the neighbors were fooled.