I hope everyone had a great Memorial Weekend!
I have a super project to show you today! .. Very cool if you are needing a new look for your fireplace or just any ole' mantel!
I seen a DIY gate from Donna @ Funky Junk.
I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT!!!
My mantel needed a facelift so I decided I'd try an attempt this..
With much needed help from the hubby cutting and nailing, we finally got it done!!! .. Well, the hard work anyways.. lol .. Now it needed to be painted (After a little sanding of course!)
I painted some streaks of bright blue/turquoise, maroon, and dark brown..
I figured with these colors showing through, they would give my gate an 'old' effect since the wood was practically brand new anyways.
Painted the whole thing cream when that dried..
(My intensions were to paint a little then with duct tape, apply it to the gate then rip it off.. ripping the cream color off so the blue,red,brown showed through... that was a FAIL!) It did not work.. soooo..
After I painted the whole thing in a cream color, it just wasn't yet speaking to me!
So I mixed some dark brown craft paint with some glaze (not sure how much of each.. just a splash!)
Not even sure if you should mix glaze with craft paint, but guess what I did.. it looked great when finished..
I didn't add poly or a top coat.. just left as is!
I used hinges from an old picture frame that was being used as decoration.
This was PERFECT.. I knew I was saving that frame for something *special* :)
I love that I can exchange wreaths for the seasons without having to display a whole different thing on my mantel.
I will keep this gate for a long time I think!
Don't ya just LOVE?
I do have to secure it to the wall somehow to prevent from falling and injuring somebody! lol
The hubby says he'll hang it with wire and a screw to the wall..
*I LOVE my gate, but the original is much "CUTER"..*
You can find it @ FunkyJunkInteriors.net
under Unique Projects.