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DIY dog/baby gate

I hope you had a good weekend! I worked on finishing up a bunch of projects (and trying to distract myself from the Christmas boxes in the storage room!) Anyone else having this problem!?!?

Anyways, if you follow me on facebook, you might remember the night we sneaked out into the darkness to get a crib that our neighbors had left at the street. That was only like 6 months ago so I'll forgive you if you don't remember! ha...Bad blogger I know. But I finally decided what I was going to make with that crib!

Yeah I cut the crib up. It wasn't able to be used as a crib because it was missing some key parts that were metal. The company gave me a price to replace those parts and I might as well have bought a new crib. 

We have a baby gate that we use, but it's just so ugly, and definitely doesn't blend in well with the decor. 

I started by measuring and then cutting the rails. 

The biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to attach the rails to the wall. I wanted it to be easily removed, but not leave some huge hole in the wall. I also didn't want the hardware to stick out and look weird when the gate wasn't there. 

After a few trips to Home Depot, I came up with this solution.

3 in. Zinc Plated Steel Positive Lock Gate Hook and Eye
It's a simple hook and eye, but the hook has a latch on it that locks into place. 

They were only$1.18 a piece at Home Depot, so I didn't have to spend a lot on this project either. 

I attached the hardware on the top first, then made sure the entire gate was level the added the hardware on the bottom.

After that I took the whole gate down and brought it out in the yard.

I sprayed the gate with 2 coats of Krylon's Dual Paint and Primer in White. 

I love this spray paint because I can skip a step and the coverage is great. It dries so fast and gave my dog gate a nice finish. 

Here's a view from the dining room looking into the kitchen.

SO much prettier than those plastic kinds. 

And cheaper too! 

Rails: FREE from late night crib capturing
Hardware: about $5
1 can of Krylon Dual Spray Paint: $4

For a grand total of about $9! I still have the other side rails. If I ever get organized I'll make another one for the other end of our kitchen.

I've got other plans for the rest of the crib too. Hopefully that won't take me another 6 months!

At The Picket Fence
French Country Cottage

11 Comments - Add a Comment:

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

thanks so much for the pics and tutorial as well as items needed to make this work. I have 3 lil pom girls and while they are well behaved, there are times they need to stay in another room. with a gate like yours they can still see the party without being under folks feet. I'll need to add a sign to mine that says, do not feed the beasts lol lol..

Designed Decor said...

Love it! Such a great idea! I am pinning this!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

We have a DIY baby gate in the works too - this is weird, I feel like you and I are always working on the same project? - and I love the super simple way you hung yours. Sending this post to Andy!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that's the way to go! looks great!

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