There is one particular spot in our home that needs a baby gate. It's not urgent, but we've often thought a baby gate in that spot would be handy. A baby gate would help keep the baby out. It would remind the older children that they don't really need to go past there. A baby gate would also help to block the view because it's close to the laundry area (which doesn't have a door). So the other day we started looking around and decided that we could build a DIY baby gate! It turned out to be such an easy project!
First we started with a door. Our house was built in the 1930's and this door was in the shed when we bought the house. Who knows how old that door is, but I can tell you two things about it. #1 – It is Solid. #2 – It is in BAD shape. You can see in the picture how warped it is. When I pulled it out of the shed Papa the Farmer thought I was a little crazy because this door was so warped and broken that at first glance it really looked like it's only good for the burn pile.
The first step was to cut off the part of the door truly was unsalvageable. In this case, about 2/3 of the door couldn't be used, but that left us with just enough for a perfect sized baby gate. And while what is left still is a bit warped and has some imperfections… it is fine for what we need.
The next step was to scrape any old paint off the door. Thankfully, the Little Farmhands thought this was a really fun job! In actual fact, there wasn't much scraping to be done. Then the door was ready to be painted.
Papa the Farmer chiseled out a place in the door frame for the hinges, just as you would if you were hanging any door. Then the baby gate was ready to be hung!
In every home improvement project (especially when you live in an older house!) there is always at least one part of the project where you have to get a bit creative. In this case, there was a problem getting the latch to line up correctly. To solve it, Papa the Farmer simply installed a piece of wood on the door to where he could mount the latch. Then he installed a simple gate latch.
And ta da! The baby gate is done. It looks nice, it fits in with the rest of the house and serves the purpose. Best of all, the whole thing only cost us $2 since we only had to buy the hinges (and we got those at a discount warehouse).