"I found a clever way to finally get some carriage doors."

Who: Tracy Westwater
Where: Orland Park, Ill.

"I always wanted carriage-style garage doors, but they were way beyond my budget—that is, until I decided to create a faux version of them on my own. After removing the existing trim, I sanded the door and primed it. Then I drew a carriage door design right on the door. Some black gloss paint created surprisingly authentic-looking "windows." To add dimension, I cut some plywood sheets into strips, which I attached to the door with liquid nails, giving it a raised-panel look. After tacking on some used gate hinges (just $3.90 a pair!) and handles, ta-da! I had carriage doors that cost just $65!"

What Tracy Saved: More than $2,000
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