Hey guys, here is our gate when we first moved into our bungalow in 2011. Mojito, our black pup, would always seem to escape! It was useable but it just did nothing for the house.
When we first decided to build a new gate (three long years ago) at the side of our house, I instantly said to Stuart,"Round! like Bilbos house!" Are you guys with me here? Lord of the Rings fans? Anyway, he wasn't as thrilled about the idea as I was so we came up with something else!
I actually had some metal art work hanging in the basement that I was sick of, so I decided to use them in a cut out in the new gate. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby a few years back now, but I think the last time I was there they still had them in stock. I gave them a black spray paint just so they wouldn't rust outside. We also took them off their wood pieces they had been attached to at the top and bottom.
At the top on either side of the gate Stuey built two small flower boxes. This year I used a purple and lime green potato vine in each of the sides that I'm hoping vine down quite nicely. I purchased these at Keon's Garden Centre. I can't wait to see how these fill in, if I manage to keep them alive long enough!
The gate was built about three years ago and left unfinished with the two giant 4 x4's sticking straight up. I couldn't decide what to do with the top of it. Stuart had said to me, let me know when you figure it out and I'll finish it. Two puppies and two babies later the gate sat there unstained and unfinished. Totally my fault!
"Super Deck" stain was on sale at the paint store just the other day so I picked some up to re-stain our front porch. On my way out to stain the deck I passed by the gate and thought... for the love Shavonne, just finish this! I got it stained up in an hour, and Stuart had the finishings on it half hour later and it was done! Anyone else ever had that happen to them? Procrastinate on a job and when you finally do it, you think... SERIOUSLY, thats all it took!
In the picture above the metal brackets are shelf brackets, we found them at Rona.
I hope this inspires your garden gate! Or maybe just a job that you have been procrastinating for a long time!