Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Old Gate

So as you know, lately I’ve really been in to building things, especially “old” things.  I’ve been inspired a lot by Funky Junk Interiors blog.  If you haven’t been to her blog yet, you should really pop in and check it out.  You will be sucked right in and you will find yourself looking at “junk” in a whole new light.  Promise you.

I saw her old gate and fell in love at first sight.



She even has a tutorial on how to make one, so I decided I had to at least give it a whirl. 

And since Tim had just recently taught me how to use our table saw, I put on my brave pants one day and got to work.  All by myself, I designed, measured, and cut all the wood.  I was so proud.

However, I do not exactly know how to use a drill yet (it’s on the top of my list for next power tool to master though), so I had to wait for Tim to put all the screws in and add the hardware for me.



My house now has a hint of “funky junk” in it and I’m digging it ALOT.  The great thing about making “old” things is that nothing has to look perfect.  In fact, imperfect looks better.  See the uneven boards, the messy paint job, the splintered wood with nicks and holes in it?  All perfectly imperfect.  You can’t really mess up something that is “old”, you are just adding more character to it. 



I love how it turned out.  And I think it looks wintery and rugged sitting up there on my mantel.  It gives me the warm fuzzies inside.



  1. I am your newest follower, and guess what?! It is linky party day on my blog! I think your blog and your family is SOOO adorable! Please come enter the giveaway and link up to my Strut Your Stuff Party! I love your blog!
    -Dana, Saturday Mornings

  2. You have a very cute blog and some wonderful ideas....I'm a new follower =) Happy Holidays.

  3. I'm pretty impressed! I have never used a saw and my dad is a carpenter! Love how your fireplace keeps evolving. Keep up the good work!

  4. You are right, Donna is the best! You did such a great job with your gate....Trust me, if you mastered the saw, you will have no problem with the drill. It's addictive when you get the hang of it....

    Take care,

  5. Hey now that. is. CUTE!
    What a great idea!
    I saw you over at Serendipity Chic, Lisa and thought I'd stop by!