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BARN DOOR STAIR GATE


I haven't shared anything around the house in a while and I am so proud of Sam's handy work that I had to change that stat. I even made him pose for a picture with his girls after he got home from work. Phoebe has just recently become very interested in the stairs... standing on them, crawling up the first two, gnawing on them. You know the usual. Since our weekend plans took a sudden u-turn, Sam found himself with some extra time. OK, so that's a little bit of a stretch. In between taking care of the three of us he decided to start a a baby proofing project. There is nothing wrong with using a plastic baby gate, but for about the same cost Sam built this rustic, barn door version. Pretty perfect for our modern farmhouse vision. He totally ran with the project after I showed him this seriously awesome tutorial from Remodelaholic (thanks for the tip Karen!). See the gate in its full glory after the jump...


The tutorial is super clear and easy to follow (per Sam), he just adjusted some of the measurements to fit the space. We also used a good pinterest trick that we learned from our friends Christy and Erik, where you screw the gate into a piece of wood that attaches to the staircase newel post with matching zip ties. Genius! That way you're not screwing anything into the stair case. He did attach a piece of wood to the wall to screw the gate into, but that's a lot easier to patch. A couple of other things we he did were to distress the wood hammering on to screws and other odds and ends and he put hinges on the outside of the door to make it look even more rustic. We are really happy with how it turned out. The door has naturally turned into a castle door, we spent all day playing with it. Can't enter without the secret password... :) What do you think?!




I'm really so super thankful to have a husband that actually enjoys making things beautiful and working with his hands. Thank you Sam for makin' dreams come true around here!!

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30 comments :

  1. This is so damn awesome. It makes me long for a house with stairs just so we can have this awesome addition!

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    1. now that's a compliment! thanks katie!

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  2. I just sent my husband this link! What a wonderful idea, and it turned out so beautiful. We are in the process of building a new home with stairs. Our current home doesn't have stairs, and we have a crazy 2 year old monkey who loves anything dangerous!

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    1. i love that!! hope it helps with your monkey. :)

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  3. Wow Sam! That is beautiful! Baby gates are so not attractive, but I love this! Great Job!

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  4. Wow so much better than anything on the market!! I'm going to have my guy do this when our little one gets that big!

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    1. thanks kat! this project reminds me of you. :)

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  6. OH MY WORD!! This is so perfectly adorable! Great job! Handy husbands are such a treasure.

    xo

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  7. what a handy man that Sam is! lucky lady :) is he self-taught? Pete is handy, but not in the 'i'll build you a beautiful baby gate' way. haha. he always talks about wanting to apprentice for a carpenter. it's a big dream of his. government employee by day, carpenter by night ;)

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    1. cool pete! do it! sam is a youtube guy and will figure out anything. he is pretty amazing with his hands naturally though. my grandfather and great grandfather built furniture as a hobby (what?) and my dad is handy too so he has some great mentors.

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  8. Good Job My hubby built 3 in our home similar to this for our Grandsons visits! so much nicer then the typical store bought ones!

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  9. Where does it tell you how to make it? I only see the 3 pictures

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  10. Good job on the pictures Lesley and Sam on the construction. Perfectly distressed to match your house. Since my kids are 15 and 19 I am building one for our "other" kid, a miniature dachshund!
    Travis

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  11. what kind of stain did you use on your gate? i love it!

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  12. My hubby is not handy in this way, Could you make me one? :-)

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  13. Anyone know what color you used to stain the wood?

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    1. We used one that is very similar. It's Ash by Varathane. It's gorgeous!

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    2. We used one that is very similar. It's Ash by Varathane. It's gorgeous!

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  15. Hi, we just built these and they are gorgeous. However, my husband doesn't know how to hang them because there is no stud where we need to hang it and the gates are about 40 lbs. Do you have any advice?

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  16. Love the black cable tie holding the striker in place.

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  17. ow thanks for the step by step and the clue on where to buy the hardware cheap. I am in need of garage doors but don’t want to spend much this may be my solution.

    Cath Brookes
    Must see Westport Fishing Charter Halibut

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