Sunday, March 20, 2011

Our Garden Gate Arbor for under $30

Every English Country Garden has to have an amazing gate or arbor entry...It also needs a white picket fence, but the pickets will just have to come later since they are just not in the budget right now....
The gate and arbor however did fit in the budget, using my imagination and husbands skills they came to under $30 to create.

The second I laid eyes on this old broken scrolled metal stand, I just knew exactly how I could use it to make our garden gate more "English Garden".

Here it is again, pulled apart and hubby welded two of the pieces together to create the large piece in the top of the photo.

Once painted it was added to the top of the gate arbor to add the perfect touch of embellishment to take 3 pieces of wood to the next level to FABULOUS!!..Couple of hanging baskets are the last touch. (well until I can locate the perfect mini ships bell)

And I know you all remember this piece...It started it's life as one end of Lil Sara's crib...I got many great suggestions on what it could be or become, but the correct answer was...

A GATE...Hubby trimmed the legs at the bottom and painted it with an outdoor paint...Little secret, I knew when we purchased the crib that I would one day use the ends for gates :)

Ta-Da...Our pretty English Garden Gate Arbor..

Cost Break Down:
Lumber for frame $7 each
Hinges and Latch $8
Scroll Work $1
Re-purposed Crib end FREE...

Total Cost = $29
Various paints used to paint and prim pieces we had on hand from other projects.

I am sure you are all enjoying looking at our lovely white builders sand in all the photos too....We have one more section of wire fence to go up to keep the chickens out and then we can FINALLY seed the front yard...YAY.

And just because..

Our very first rose bud, it is supposed to be a Blue Lady...hmmmmmm I guess it will change color at some point?

Well I still have about a thousand or so seeds to get planted, so better go make the most of my afternoon...Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Blessings Kelsie

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Verde Farm said...

Kelsie, it couldn’t have turned out better! It’s beautiful. You and your hubs make a GREAT team :) Well Done!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. You are so creative, and I love it. Really fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Kari said...

I Love it! Bravo!

My Country Heaven Cottage said...

I love it... You did GOOD!!! Gives me some ideas of what to do with a great find that I have. Now if
I can just talk my husband into helping me with it! LOL!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

this is IT.. you win the creative award for march ~! or heck, any month. I really love this... its just too adorable..

Bevelry said...

You are kidding me.. wow! I would never in a million years thought of that! Creative genious.. it is great. Love it.

farmer said...

I love it! I would like that for a gate into my sheep paddock.
I will be searching for a wooden crib now!
We have a rose here called Blue Girl,it is the same colour more of a lilac colour then blue.

D said...

What a great idea!
Love it.

Scribbler said...

Really nice! Such foresight to buy a crib you were planning to use as a gate.

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Okay seriously?

You are THAT good.

I love that her crib has been incorporated into an ongoing design portion of your home. How special that is.

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Very nicely done! I love how many different pieces you incorporated to make this.

I'm here from Met Monday.

Have a great day.

THE OLD GEEZER ~Ron said...

Under $30!!! That's fantastic! :-)

Take care Kelsie and have a great week :-)

And by the way, you are more than welcome to share anything that you find interesting on my blog :-)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That is gorgeous!! I love what you did with it!

On Crooked Creek said...

Adorable! I am always smitten with all your creativity and how you use it to enhance your family and home. Keep those cleaver ideas coming to all of us!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks for coming over & saying hello & leaving all your sweet comments....want you to know that i have replied every time you've made a comment on my blog - but just realized today that my reply's via email go to "no-reply" because your email isn't in your bog :( somewhere out there in cyberspace is all your comments waiting for you from me! lol Hugs to you & thanks for stopping over! xoox

Leon said...

I love it! I once made an arbor entirely made of scrap wood (some pieces glued together to make them longer!) Picture here...

I must say though, yours looks somewhat prettier than mine turned out!

I then proceeded to make an entire picket fence from scrap wood too! Amazing what you can do with some imagination and patience!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You so need to bring your beautiful and thrifty arbor to my party...hope to see ya there:)


Diane Writes said...

Hi! I love the idea of turning one portion of a crib to a gate. It's so creative and resourceful.

I got your blog from Wow Wednesday. I'm a participant too.

I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blog. I would be so happy about that.

I wish you more wow wednesdays.

Magali @ The Little White House said...

You're a genius. This looks so pretty and so very English garden to me...

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh, my gosh! Your husband is so handy and you are so creative to see a new use for items. I'm coming over from SSS today and I'm a new follower. I have a grape salad linked there. We have planted a lot of things in our garden. Come on over for a visit.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You are so creative. I would not have thought of using those items that way. Thanks for joining WUW.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wow! This is pure genius. Looks beautiful!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

OMGosh! That is fabulous!

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