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It All Started With A Gate

Updated: Oct 9, 2021


In June we drove the girls out to Wyoming to spend time at the Flying X Ranch, where my in-laws spend the summer months.   The last day of our trip we took a girls day to go to Laramie.   My mother-in-law is a big fan of the Owl in the Attic shop and I'd visited it with her before when she was picking up furniture, but this time was different.   This time I found a set of gates I couldn't leave behind.   I had gone so far as to leave my purse in the car so as to not buy anything on impulse.  I had to go back to the car to get my purse I just couldn't leave these beauties behind.

I had no clue what I was going to do with them, but I bought them anyways.  It was one of those instances where you knew if you didn't buy it now you'd kick yourself later.    When I showed my husband what I had purchased he just scratched his head and said are you sure there is room in the car to take them back to Washington?  (I'm the one packed the car so I knew there was plenty of room.)

Once I got them home I began to investigate the possibilities.   Thanks to sites like Pinterest and Hometalk, I decided to use them as a headboard for our master bedroom.   They were perfectly sized to use for a queen bed, but for our king I was going to have to get creative.   I decided I wanted them to look like gates and not framed art.  I purchased some fencing materials and made a graduated fence to go on either side of the gate, so it would look like a garden gate.

I'd love to say that I've completed the project (I really thought it

was ready to hang), but we realized that a white gate with our white walls was not going to pop.   So I'm on a campaign to paint our bedroom - I'm thinking blue-grey.   To my husband's dismay I'm pestering him over paint colors now and hope to have a final picture to show off soon.

This project has inspired me to find more furniture items to fix/upcycle and I am quickly becoming a yard sale junkie.   I love the fact that it was a gate that opened up a whole new world for me.  Not only do I have a fabulous new hobby that I'm enjoying, but I finally feel like I have my spark back after suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of my second child.   My husband says that alone is worth all the crazy furniture that has found its way to our house (including the random door out in our shed).

Keep tuned for more fun with furniture.

Updated 10-18-2017 -

I never did show you how that gate came out. A garden gate needs a garden, so I've been hunting down floral artwork in thrift stores and flea markets that fits my theme.   I'm also keeping my eye out for any three dimensional small art items that will make the wall pop.

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