Fitting in with our home aesthetic, we wanted our baby gate to coordinate with our other barn doors in our home. Follow along to learn how to make your own DIY Barn Door Baby Gate!
After our previous baby gate gave-way and sent our 1-year-old down a flight of stairs, we knew we had to make a change. To turn this unsafe area into a safe one, we decided on a farmhouse inspired wooden baby gate that would match the barn door entrance we already have in our laundry room. This wooden gate has provided a secure solution for the top of our stairs – a baby safe stair gate and an extra touch to our farm aesthetic!
This DIY baby gate now sits off of our living room at the top of our stairs going down to the basement level of our house. This wooden baby gate has been such a nice touch to our home and is one of those DIY projects that just keeps on giving! This safety and security makes this creative baby gate a must in baby gate plans!
In my spring house tour post, you may notice a cool barn wood gate at the top of our staircase :). If you missed the tour, find it here!
Our 100-year-old barn had just come down and we luckily had old worn-out 1×5’s on hand. But really there are so many ways to make new boards look rustic, you wouldn’t need to have authentic 100-year-old barn boards on hand. You could purchase any kind of 1×5 board and distress.
I did love that our old boards had some real character ingrained in them- like knots and big holes (Which again, you can replicate on new boards if you want to get creative). I decided to use these different characteristics in interesting ways, that you’ll see in the final project.
Since our boards had evidence of barn-life on them and our children would be around this a lot, I decided to do a good sanding job on them. To finish the job, I blew out the deep crevices with an air hose.
Our larger laundry room door was also white-washed so I wanted to replicate this theme. In order to white-wash this wood, I lightly painted the wood with white paint, then brushed some water over the top. I scrubbed it so that the water and paint blended and used a dry cloth to combine. There was no real method or exact coats of paint used – it was just about adding paint or water according to how translucent I wanted it to be.
We love the little peaky hole in the gate. The kids think they’re being super sneaky when they peak out from the bottom side of the gate!
I love that, because this is wood I can add a little nail our little baby gate becomes a seasonal background for wreaths, cowboy hats or bells. There’s no doubt – the finished product is just plain cute! Pro Tip: bells double also-known-as a ‘I know who got out of bed early’ alert :).
Show me how yours turned out in the comments below! I’d love to hear how your experience went!
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