See this cute little guy...well, he turns 1 this month. And that means he is crawling all over the place!
We had to do something because he was driving me nuts! We have a very open floorplan which makes it difficult to contain him, but we came up with a plan, and after 2 days I am happy to report that it is now complete!
The only room in the house that we can keep him enclosed is the playroom. There are 3 hallways that filter into it, so that meant 3 baby gates! I hate baby gates, so I knew I wanted to use the plans from the fabulous Remodelaholic found here for their barn door baby gate.
The first thing we did was go to Home Depot for the supplies. We bought the cheapest wood we could find (which was probably our first mistake!), and all the hardware: drywall screws, latches, and hinges. The total cost was about $120.
Here is one of them pre-paint:
My hubs was concerned about the weight of these things, so he convinced me to leave out the
middle "X". So unfortunately they don't look quite as pretty or as much like a barn door, but thats ok!
Also, because we used cheap wood, all 3 of them ended up being slightly bowed. What do ya do?! We weren't about to go buy more wood and start over, so we will live with bowed baby gates!
We painted them with Valspar's Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist because that is the color of the playroom's accent wall.
Then we glazed them with Valspar's Antiquing Glaze:
Here's the hardware we chose:
These next pictures show how they look from the outside of the playroom looking in:
From the Laundry Room Hallway:
(yeah thats my son photo bombing!)
From the Kitchen:
From the Kid's Bedrooms Hallway:
So that's all 3 gates!
This is a view from inside the playroom looking down the Laundry Room Hallway:
And how it looks open:
This is the Playroom wall with 2 of the 3 gates open:
I really wanted these 2 to look uniform when opened, so we made sure they both swung open to look like this.
(For some reason these pictures make these gates look totally different, even their color, but they look almost identical in person!)
I have to admit, I was pretty intimidated with this project. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how straight forward and uncomplicated it was! And I have been SO happy with them. They are extremely easy to use, especially for my older boys who have to use them constantly!
Thanks Remodelaholic for the awesome plans!!!
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