Industrial Farmhouse Baby Gate

28 Jan

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Hudson started crawling over the Christmas season. I don’t typically do a lot of baby proofing, but our new house has stairs, and I figured they ought to be dealt with.

Because of the odd opening at the top of the stairs, I couldn’t find a gate that would work.

Okay, the opening doesn’t look that weird, but trust me, it is.

And so…
I decided to make a baby gate.

Not that I know how to make a baby gate… I made a toilet paper holder in 8th grade shop class, and have assembled plenty of furniture, but this is new territory for me.

I drew up some plans on my iPad.
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I liked the second set of plans better, so I measured, took pictures, and made a list of everything I thought I might need.

I declared to the Internet that I was making a gate, and was sure I would have cute gate pictures to show later in the day.

Ha!

And then I headed to Lowes.
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Picking out lumber while baby wearing is tricky.

Did I mention the current baby gate situation? It’s classy.
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I laid out the lumber and metal to get a feel for things.
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Here’s the point where I started to feel lost. See those metal pieces? I asked my dad if he had something I could cut them with.

Yes, he did.
And he dropped it off and left!!!

He has more faith in me than he should.

Turns out, I don’t know how to safely use a Sawzall. But I DO know how to quit before I cut my fingers off.

It all turned out okay in the end. A little elbow grease was all I needed to ‘cut’ the metal, and I got to use another cool power tool to grind down the sharp edges.
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Hudson was very interested in helping me.

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Next came drilling, sanding, and staining.

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I had big plans to do a coffee stain on the wood. It didn’t work. At all.

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I don’t know what I was thinking.

My next staining attempt went a little better. I used water mixed with acrylic craft paint.

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The gate was finally coming together!

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Unfortunately, the metal braces weren’t quite as supportive as I had hoped. I had to run back to Lowe’s for another piece of wood.

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Picking out lumber with a pants-less baby is tricky.

Also, that baby is quickly becoming an explorer. Finishing a proper gate is a top priority!

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I got the extra supports put on the gate, along with some casters that ended up being way too small.

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After another trip to Lowe’s I finally had everything I needed. I hung the gate and love how it looks.

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When Hudson learns to use stairs, I plan to remove the hinges and casters and add some legs to turn the gate into a small table.

The whole project took six days and cost about $50.

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3 Responses to “Industrial Farmhouse Baby Gate”

  1. frontyardfoodie.com (@DianaParDue) January 28, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    OMG, you are sooo inspiring! I’m starting to take inventory of tools I want to have so I can start doing more projects around the house….this is making me want to get them all now!

    • Lemon Tree Studio January 28, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks! I just have a drill and a palm sander. I borrow anything else I need from my dad. Someday I want all my own tools!

  2. Janice January 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Good job, Megan, I’m impressed. I know where you can get a real deal on big tools, like a band saw and wood lathe that he bought at Raymond and Margie’s auction years ago.

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