Mister’s first birthday is around the corner and I’m not emotional at all. I definitely don’t flip through newborn photos and ugly cry as he begins to look more like a toddler and less like a baby. Sniffle. He is living up to his lofty name. Crawling speed has increased to 50 mph and he is minutes from walking. He also has no regard for gravity and the stairs that now seem like a death trap. It’s time for a baby gate.
I fell in love with this design created by Remodelaholic. It has a rustic charm that also suits a wider hallway. The best part is the versatility. This project can be done using almost any kind of wood, even free pallet boards or other reclaimed materials.
A quick trip to the lumberyard yielded our choice of cedar boards. Dave spent some time sanding them down until they were soft and splinter-free.
Our hallway is 44 inches wide, so he adjusted the original plans to suit our specifications. An hour of construction produced the prettiest baby gate I have ever seen!
Dave did an amazing job. The next step was staining the gate with some tung oil to bring out the knots and natural grains. You can buy 8 oz. for $9.99 on Etsy.
After each side dried for 24 hours, the result was a rich and gorgeous finish.
Attaching the gate in the hallway required a few materials:
- A cordless drill
- A level
- A stud finder
- #10 2 ½ inch screws: $7.98 for 1lb box
- Two fencing hinges: $3.94 a pair
- A standard barrel latch: $2.97
- Spare boards to use as anchors
The gate weighed a whopping 37 pounds, and supporting the weight meant using a wall stud. Dave located its center before screwing the anchor board into the wall. We attached the hinges to the gate and used a level to make sure it was even before screwing the hinges into the anchor board and directly into the stud.
We installed the latch on the gate before attaching another anchor board to the opposite wall with its mate piece. And voila, two days’ worth of prep later, we have a beautiful and functional gate to ensure baby safety!
Mister now has full access to the playroom and the center hall of the second floor. It’s also a safe distance from the death trap stairs, which makes this Mama very happy.
DIY parenting for the win!
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